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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Releases First Look at Gringotts Bank
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has released a first look at their new Gringotts Bank exhibit. This new part of the tour will open on April 6th. More high-resolution photos of James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Warwick Davis and the Gringotts goblins may be seen in the gallery.

First sneak peek of the original Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the biggest expansion to date at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, open 6th April

First sneak peek of the original Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the biggest expansion to date at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, open 6th April

Warwick Davis commented: “It’s so exciting to be back inside Gringotts Wizarding Bank after so many years. I spent a lot of time here as Griphook and it’s great to see the Studio Tour bring the original set back to life. I know visitors will love discovering the details of the goblin prosthetics and the Lestrange vault for themselves and there are more exciting additions to be revealed.”

First sneak peek of the original Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the biggest expansion to date at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, open 6th April

The full press release may be read below:

Today Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has offered a sneak peek at its biggest expansion to date, Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
 
From the brass leaf details on the columns to polishing the Sword of Gryffindor, finishing touches are currently taking place to ensure that the wizard’s bank is ready for the official opening on 6th April. Entering this impressive set, visitors are invited to step into the grand banking hall, underneath the magnificent ‘crystal’ chandeliers to discover the secrets behind goblin prosthetics, costumes and so much more. From concept art and prop making to set design and prosthetics, visitors will unlock the filmmaking magic behind the famous wizard’s bank.
 
Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking hall will be decorated with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts will complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. The Prop-making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the final two films alone.
 
Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously run by goblins. Walking through the imposing marble columns, visitors will discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair individually inserted and veins painstakingly painted by hand. It took four hours to transform actor Warwick Davis into Griphook in the films which included him wearing black contact lenses and dentures with extremely sharp teeth to complete the goblin look.  
 
Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors will enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. Here, visitors can try out a unique photo opportunity allowing them to step inside the Lestrange vault and surround themselves with treasure.  
 
Officially opening on Saturday 6th April, the 16,500sqft Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion will be the Studio Tour’s biggest addition to date and has been designed and built by many of the original crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series including Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes and Head Propmaker Pierre Bohanna.  
 
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter unveils its biggest expansion to date, the original Gringotts Wizarding Bank will be open to the public from Saturday 6th April

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Cover For Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition Revealed
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Bloomsbury have revealed the beautiful new cover for the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition. For the breathtaking front cover image, Jim Kay has pictured the moment Harry Potter faces the Hungarian Horntail dragon during his first task in the Triwizard Tournament.

More photos from inside the book have also been released and can be seen in the gallery!

Publishing in the UK and US on Tuesday 8th October 2019, the hardback Illustrated Edition will feature a wraparound dust jacket, ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and over 115 colour images. The Illustrated Edition will subsequently be published around the world in more than 21 languages all featuring Jim Kay’s artistic wizardry. A sumptuous Deluxe Edition will also publish simultaneously.
 
The first three Harry Potter Illustrated Editions were published to worldwide critical acclaim and Jim Kay’s artwork was universally embraced by fans and new readers alike. Combined sales of all the current Illustrated Editions across hardback and paperback formats now exceed 500,000 copies through UK TCM. All three previous Illustrated Editions hit the No.1 position in the official UK Children’s TCM Chart.

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition
Tom Felton & Alan Gilmore Give Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Details
Posted by Megs

In a new video released this morning, Tom Felton and Alan Gilmore release new information on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

The full press release may be read below:

On June 13, 2019, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure  the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – will soar into Universal Orlando Resort and become the most highly themed, immersive coaster experience yet. Today, all-new details have been revealed about the magical new adventure that awaits.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will combine a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets – including an actual forest with more than 1,200 live trees. It will also give guests the unique opportunity to join Hagrid – one of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter films – on a journey to one of the most mysterious places in the wizarding world – the Forbidden Forest. With Hagrid as their guide, guests will fly deep into the Forbidden Forest and brave the mysteries and thrills beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle on a groundbreaking coaster experience unlike any other.

It all begins when guests (starting at 48” tall) join Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class and board magical motorbikes specially designed to make them feel the freedom of flight. Guests will either ride the motorcycle or board the adjacent sidecar as they embark on a journey that will bring them closer to some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.  But as they make their way through the Forbidden Forest…things don’t go as planned. During the adventure, guests will:

Experience a freewheeling coaster flight where they’ll twist, turn and rush forward – and backward – at speeds up to 50 mph into the dark forest 

Encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures, such as a majestic Centaur, a swarm of mischievous Cornish Pixies, Fluffy, the three-headed dog – and even a creature that’s never been seen in the films

Hurl past challenging obstacles, become entangled in a thicket of Devil’s Snare and so much more …while encountering a few surprises along the way. 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be an epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. The magic began with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The expansion of the global phenomenon continued with the launch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida and the Hogwarts Express – allowing guests to travel between both lands. And when it opens on June 13, 2019, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will join the lineup of award-winning entertainment experiences in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and bring an all-new adventure inspired by J.K. Rowling’s beloved stories to life. 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. More details about the new experience will be revealed in the months ahead.  For more information and Universal Orlando ticket options, visit www.universalorlando.com

Filed Under: Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
First Look at ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’
Posted by Megs

Today we’re finally getting a first look at the newest Wizarding World game – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is coming to iOS and Android mobile devices in 2019. Pre-registration is now available on Google Play.

Co-published and co-developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic, Inc., Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is part of Portkey Games, the games label dedicated to creating new Wizarding World mobile and video game experiences that place the player at the center of their own adventure, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories. 

Some screenshots and video of gameplay have been released by Niantic and Warner Bros.

In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the player’s journey begins as a new recruit for the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, with the purpose of investigating and containing a Calamity that has befallen the wizarding world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to cast spells and return Foundables – artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories – trapped by Confoundable magic, to their proper place in an effort to keep magic hidden from Muggle eyes.

As players journey across the world, they’ll discover Inns that replenish their Spell Energy, magical ingredients for brewing special potions, Portkeys that unlock AR portals into iconic wizarding world locations and much more.

Combat skills will be tested when witches and wizards visit real-world locations called Fortresses, key areas that play host to Wizarding Challenges. These real-time multiplayer battles against dangerous foes encourage players to join forces with fellow witches and wizards to take on higher level threats and unlock rare magical rewards.

More details may be found at the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite blog!

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Portkey Games
Universal Studios Hollywood Announces Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Premiere Event
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Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a premiere event for the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle show. Get a first look at the new light projection show on Thursday April 11th and Friday April 12th. Tickets for the event are on sale now and there are two options:

Premiere Event ($199):

  • Event dates are April 11 and 12, 2019 only. Theme park will remain open until 11pm for this separately ticketed event.
  • Exclusive event entertainment begins at 6pm and ends at 11pm. Guests can enter the Park starting at 4pm to enjoy all available attractions. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ attractions, food and retail venues will be open during the event.

Premiere Event + GA Ticket ($249):

  • Event dates are April 11 and 12, 2019 only. Ticket valid on selected date of purchase only. Theme park will remain open until 11pm.
  • Guests can come in as early as Park opening and stay through the event. Check UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for Park hours.
  • Exclusive event entertainment begins at 6pm and ends at 11pm.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ attractions, food and retail venues will be open during the event.

Click HERE to Purchase Tickets as they will Sell Out!

 Universal Studios Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for the “Dark Arts at Hogwarts™ Castle Premiere Event,” a special experience that offers fans a  first look at the new light projection show at “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12, 2019.

This premium evening event invites guests to be among the very first to experience “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” with exclusive, coveted after-hours access to Hogsmeade™ village, where fans can also explore the shops and experience the land’s signature rides, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™.” 

The event’s main attraction is an exclusive first-look at the all-new “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” projection display that brings to light an exciting new dimension of sorcery within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”  A mesmerizing pageantry of light, music and special effects will unleash the darkest creatures and villains from the Wizarding World, including the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort.  

Guests will be challenged to summon their inner strength and bravery in the face of the all-consuming Dark Arts as some of the awe-inspiring moments and creatures inspired by the films come to life within the majestic light display accompanied by an atmospheric musical score created by John Williams.

Additionally, guests will be treated to a premium catered feast of foods, beverages and desserts as part of this exclusive opportunity.
A new wand will also debut in conjunction with the exclusive event, offering fans a chance to purchase this limited edition memorabilia and add to their wand collection.

Event tickets are on sale now, which includes early entry to Universal Studios Hollywood, and are available to purchase here. Advance purchase is recommended as limited tickets are available, and event nights will sell out.

“Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” opens to the public on Saturday, April 13 and will continue through Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood.


Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
A Closer Look at Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Coming Soon
Posted by Megs

Next week, Universal Orlando Resort will reveal new details about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – the all-new, highly-anticipated coaster experience opening in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade on June 13. 

Visit UniversalOrlando.com at 8:30 a.m. EST on March 12 to hear the special announcement from Tom Felton and Alan Gilmore, Art Director of the Harry Potter films and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Filed Under: Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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