Goderich, Ont., is hosting an event called Harry Potter and the Transfigured Town from Oct. 13-15 of this year, which will transform the town into the world of Harry Potter.
Tickets for the event cost between $15 and $20 and were available online but they have already sold out.
According to the website, proceeds from the three-day festival will be evenly split between the Huron Food Action Network and towards improving Goderich’s downtown.
Early bird tickets, general admission tickets and extended tickets (block one) are no longer available, according to Eventbrite.
A message posted on the festival’s Facebook page on Jan. 26 confirmed the event had “unexpectedly” sold out.
An updated Facebook post on Jan. 27 said organizers have received hundreds of emails, messages and comments inquiring about the prospect of more tickets. The post said they’re “looking into more options” and will try to make an announcement by the end of the day.
The second batch of 1,000 tickets went on sale at 9:00 a.m. but reportedly sold out by 9:01 am.
Many outraged people took to the event’s Facebook page to suggest that scalpers and bots were purchasing the tickets and selling them to make a profit for themselves.
Facebook user, Jacques Saumur, shared his opinion on the event’s page writing, “It is very sad to think that this is for a charity and a great one at that, since there’s so many fans like myself that would attend the event in a heartbeat, but because of scalpers who raided the site to get all the tickets and make a profit for themselves and not for the charity event.”
Global News reached out to Saumur about the ticket situation and he says that he went on Kijiji moments after the event was sold out.
“Indeed Kijiji does show them trying to sell the tickets by the bunch. One even show [sic] multiple posting by the 30 tickets per advertisement and another that I was discuss [sic] about was selling for $200/tickets without remorse that he was affecting the community for losing the money,” Saumur told Global News.
Saumur said that he went on to find all the ads on Kijiji for the event and reported them as scalpers and illegal activities. He took to the event’s Facebook page, encouraging others to do the same thing.
“After that I checked again and it seems all ads have been removed by Kijiji (good for them) to control this,” Saumur revealed to Global News.
When venturing onto the website, the ads show people looking for other people with tickets (like the postings below).