The Napa Valley Wine Train Is Bringing Back Its Harry Potter-Themed Murder Mystery

Ashlyn Davis Ashlyn Davis

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Get your robes and wands out and take a spellbinding trip on a vintage wine train

An antique 1952 Pullman Vista Dome. Fine dining. Delectable wines. Lush landscapes. This iconic train never fails to impress. But, the Napa Valley Wine Train doesn’t just stop there; elevating the journeys with Murder Mysteries, Castle Wine Tours and Romance on the Rails. And now, for the ultimate pairing: your favorite Cabernet and a Harry Potter-inspired murder mystery ride.


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Attention, wizards and wine lovers aboard the train: Please be aware, there’s a killer amongst you! Stay vigilant, trust no one and enjoy everything.

Can you uncover the secrets and decode the clues embedded in the string of carriages? Can you trust fellow sorcerers pouring your next glass of Pinot? Or will you “charm” them to conceal your secret identity before the extravagant voyage comes to an end?


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Expect a 3-hour sojourn filled with twists and turns as the vintage wine train winds through the Napa Valley on a 36-mile railroad route built in 1864. Three-course gourmet meals will be served with an extra helping of intrigue. Dishes will be along the lines of pan-seared Pacific halibuts, roast beef tenderloin and, of course, wine will be flowing throughout.


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While red velvet armchairs and Mahogany interiors set the stage for the night, the experience will be more real than theatre, according to The Murder Mystery Company organizers. Actors are promised to be indistinguishable from your fellow passengers, adding to the thrill of the evening.

The interactive events will happen once or twice a month, but Potter fans will have to wait until the month of Halloween for the magic to start. However, if you’re feeling more muggle than mythical then there are plenty of Murder Mystery themes to choose from instead.

At the moment there are only two wizard-themed events, the last being added recently–presumably due to the number of cloaked fans out there. Prices start at around $216 per person, but tickets for the “Wizard and Witches” are likely to sell fast and way in advance.

Here’s the list of events happening this year:

Crime and Punishment: 20’s attire

Saturday, February 22nd

Saturday, March 21st

Saturday, April 25th

Friday, May 29th

Saturday, June 27th

Saturday, October 10th


Saturday, November 7th

Saturday, November 14th

Death of a Gangster: 20’s attire

Friday, May 15th

Friday, June 12th

Thursday, August 27th

Dance with Death: 50’s attire

Thursday, July 30th

Totally 80’s: 80’s attire

Thursday, May 21st

Thursday, July 16th

Midnight at the Masquerade: Masquerade attire

Tuesday, February 25th

Wizard and Witches: All your Potter merch

Saturday, October 17th

Saturday, October 24th

Now You See It; Now You Don’t: Evening gowns and suits

Saturday, April 11th

Thursday, August 13th

Till Death Do Us Part: Wedding attire

Thursday, September 10th

Thursday, September 24th

The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year: Holiday or Christmas Sweater-themed attire

Saturday, December 5th

For more information visit The Napa Valley Wine Train.

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