We’re stuck behind a cluster of middle-aged women clad in black tulle and felt witch hats. It’s early on a Friday evening in Salem, Mass., and after unsuccessfully trying to locate the Psychic Fair and Witch’s Market, which we traveled 26.2 miles to visit, we decide it’s a safe bet to follow the gaggle of witches.
The street bands gathered in this rainy, Somerville square have come from around the country — and world — for the Honk! Festival, a three-day event held each Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend for activist street bands to parade, party, and play in support of their respective, broadly leftist causes.
Stanislav Yanevski ("Victor Krum"), Dan Fogler ("Jacob Kowalski"), Luke Youngblood ("Lee Jordan"), Louis Cordite ("Blaise Zabini"), and Chris Rankin ("Percy Weasley") sit on a panel reminiscing fondly about behind the scenes shenangians of the Harry Potter film series.