The crowd at the March 4 First Friday event might notice a difference in their downtown surroundings - namely, the sudden popularity of wizard robes.

The crowd at the March 4 First Friday event might notice a difference in their downtown surroundings - namely, the sudden popularity of wizard robes.

Downtown Delaware's transformation into Hogsmeade, the fictional wizarding village in the world of Harry Potter, will mark the beginning of the Central Ohio Symphony's "Magical Musical Month of March."

At the First Friday, 20 students from the Harry Potter club at Hayes High School and 40 students from Ohio Wesleyan University will man stations, Hejmanowski said. Hayes students will debark and sand 200 sticks for wand-making. Attendees can attend a potions class, and actors in costume will attend.

"There'll be quite a lot going on downtown" during the First Friday, said Central Ohio Symphony board secretary Dave Hejmanowski. First Friday runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Public speaking events, student writing competitions and other presentations will all lead up to the symphony's 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" and "The Harry Potter Suite" at Gray Chapel at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware.

In keeping with the theme, Ohio State University quidditch team members will play a 1 p.m. match March 27 at the sulfur spring next Phillips Hall on the OWU campus.

Free educational presentations are scheduled throughout the month. A guest speaker will teach high school students about life during the Middle Ages, the era in which "Carmina Burana" is set. Delaware, Olentangy and Village Academy middle school students will perform Harry Potter monologues at area library branches.

Ohio Wesleyan professor Zachariah Long will discuss Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's writing at 7 p.m. March 22 at the Hamilton--Williams Campus Center.

Hejmanowski said that a large orchestra will be used for "Carmina Burana."

This is about as big as you're going to get," Hejmanowski said. Three choirs - including Ohio Wesleyan's Choral Art Society, Columbus vocal ensemble Capriccio! and its children's choir - will participate.

While "Carmina Burana" will run about 45 minutes, the Harry Potter selection will run about 20 minutes, Hejmanowski said.

The suite that John Williams composed for the first Harry Potter movie feature has themes repeated in the rest of the films, Hejmanowski said.

For tickets, call the symphony office at 740-362-1799 or buy online at http://www.centralohiosymphony.org.