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Back To Hogwarts 2022 – A Look Ahead featuring Hogwarts Legacy
Posted by Megs

To celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day on September 1st, Warner Bros have released a new video with a look ahead at the Hogwarts Legacy game, releasing next February. They have also announced that fans can link their Harry Potter Fan Club account to a Warner. Bros Games account to import their house and wand into the game as well as receive exclusive items.

Based on the Harry Potter Fan Club’s official Sorting Experience, together with the Wand Ceremony, players can bring their authentic self into Hogwarts Legacy. Linking accounts will also unlock a Beaked Skull Mask and exclusive “House Fan-Atic School Robes” in game, a special set of robes so players can represent their Hogwarts house with style.   

Players can head to wizardingworld.com/legacyconnect to connect their account and receive the special in-game items when Hogwarts Legacy releases for PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. 

Additionally, there was a look at the entrances and interiors of the house common rooms at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Starting with Slytherin’s entrance hidden behind a slithering arch of a stone serpent, through the lavish Gryffindor common room set in one of the tallest towers, and the warm, brightly lit Ravenclaw lounge, to the not often seen Hufflepuff common room bathed in natural sunlight through a skylight, players will have plenty to explore in the game.   

Filed Under: Hogwarts Legacy, Portkey Games
Harry Potter: Magic at Play Reveals First-Look Rendering of Quidditch Skills Training
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and Superfly X have shared a first look at Quidditch Skills Training games that will be available during Harry Potter: Magic at Play. Harry Potter: Magic at Play will make its worldwide debut at Chicago’s iconic Water Tower Place on Friday, Nov. 11 and will remain open through May 14, 2023. Tickets start at $37.50 for adults and $29.50 for children 9 and under.

Guests will discover, interact and explore their way through the experience, which is designed to engage imaginations and bring out the young witch or wizard in everyone. It will also feature a gift shop open to both ticketed and non-ticketed guests. The gift shop will offer a wide range of bespoke and licensed items alongside themed food and beverage including the beloved Butterbeer.  

At Harry Potter: Magic at Play, the journey begins at 4 Privet Drive. Explore the Dursley’s living room taking care to not disturb anyone in the cupboard under the stairs; step onto a boat and prepare to cross the Great Lake to Hogwarts; attend some of Hogwarts’ most beloved classes, mastering “Wingardium Leviosa” and levitating a feather in Charms, exploring the Potions dungeon with all senses and fending off a swarm of Cornish Pixies in Defense Against the Dark Arts; practice Quidditch fundamentals for various player positions; visit Hagrid’s pumpkin patch and traverse the Forbidden Forest; and so much more. A multitude of iconic experiences and surprises await guests throughout the space as they forge their path through Harry’s journey. 

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Magic at Play
New Trailer and Pre-Order Information for Hogwarts Legacy
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros has released a new trailer for Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world, action role-playing game scheduled for release on February 10, 2023 (previously Holiday 2022.) The game is set in the 1800’s wizarding world. Beginning as a fifth year, players will embark on a journey through new and familiar locations, explore and discover magical beasts, craft potions, master spell casting, upgrade talents and customize their character to become the witch or wizard they want to be. 

The “Sebastian Sallow’s Dark Legacy” gameplay trailer showcases some of the darker elements players will encounter, including a closer look at the game’s more dangerous locales, sinister foes and fearsome magical creatures lurking in the shadows. We have previously posted gameplay back in March.

The game will be available for pre-order on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One on August 25th. Pre-orders and release date for the Nintendo Switch will bee revealed at a later date. All players that pre-order will be able to obtain the exclusive Onyx Hippogriff Mount upon completing the relevant quest. There will be four different versions of the game as outlined below:

The Hogwarts Legacy Standard Edition will be available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC for $59.99 (SRP) and for PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X|S for $69.99 (SRP).   

The Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition will be available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC for $69.99 (SRP) and for PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X|S for $79.99 (SRP).  It includes 72 hours Early Access to the game starting on February 7, 2023, as well as the Dark Arts Pack. The Dark Arts Pack provides access to an exclusive wardrobe via the Dark Arts Cosmetic Set, a flying Thestral Mount players can ride, and access to the Dark Arts Battle Arena where players can test their mastery of the Dark Arts against waves of challenging enemies.

The Hogwarts Legacy Digital Deluxe Edition will be available for $79.99 (SRP) across all platforms and includes the Deluxe Edition content as well as the Dark Arts Garrison Hat and cross-gen digital upgrade for PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles. 

The Hogwarts Legacy Collector’s Edition will be available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC for $289.99 (SRP) and for PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X for $299.99 (SRP) and includes the Deluxe Edition content, Dark Arts Garrison Hat, as well as a physical Life-Size Floating Ancient Magic Wand with Book Base, Steel Case, and in-game Kelpie Robe. 

Filed Under: Hogwarts Legacy, Portkey Games
Universal Orlando Resort Announces Holiday 2022 Festivities
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando Resort has announced the return of holiday festivities in the park! There will be celebrations all over the park as well as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We have visited to celebrate the holidays in the past, and both sections of the park are always beautifully decorated and it really feels like Winter in the wizarding world (despite the warmer Florida temperatures!)

The Holiday celebration begins on November 12 and runs daily through January 1, 2023.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The spectacularly themed lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will transform into wizarding wonderlands for the Holidays, complete with festive décor throughout the iconic streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley that includes themed decorations, garlands and lights. Guests can also enjoy special holiday-themed performances from the Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, in Hogsmeade and the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensation, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, in Diagon Alley. 

And once night falls in Hogsmeade, guests can revel in a spectacular projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by the beloved “Harry Potter” stories in “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Tom Felton Visits the Brand-New Greenhouse Feature at WB Studio Tour London
Posted by Megs

We posted back in April that Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse would be opening at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London this July. Today we have some photos of Tom Felton checking out the new space – and some mandrakes! Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, the courtyard fountain and the exterior of the Weasleys’ Burrow will be permanent additions to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. The Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature will run from 1st July 2022 through 12th September 2022.

Today Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, came face-to-face with a shrieking mandrake plant as he revealed Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse for the very first time. The new expansion opens at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter on July 1st, and is part of a brand new feature titled ‘Mandrakes and Magical Creatures’.

Brand-new for 2022, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is opening the glass doors of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse – a fan-favourite set from the Harry Potter film series, where students were taught their Herbology lessons with Professor Pomona Sprout. Built by the original Harry Potter filmmakers, the greenhouse is home to many exotic and magical plants. Just like a Hogwarts student, visitors to the Studio Tour will be able to step into the greenhouse and stop to pull out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive display.

Just like his on-screen character, Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton held up a mandrake plant and heard its famous shrieking. He was able to experience the iconic greenhouse setting from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for the first time since filming over 20 years ago. Felton looked up at the Venomous Tentacula hanging from the ceiling inside the greenhouse, as well as the dragon sculptures decorating the outside.

During filming, various techniques were used to achieve the movement of the magical plants. The sinuous grasping movement of the Tentacula’s tendrils was computer-generated, however, the movement of the Mandrakes was achieved using animatronic controllers hidden beneath the table.

The humanoid-looking mandrake plants may look scary, but they had a very important purpose in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. When the Chamber of Secrets was opened for a second time, many students ended up petrified by the Basilisk, a legendary giant reptile. Professor Sprout was given the task of growing her Mandrakes to full-size, so that they could be cut up and stewed for a Mandrake Restorative Draught.

The greenhouse is a permanent addition to the Studio Tour and will open as part of a brand-new feature, Mandrakes and Magical Creatures, which will open on 1st July and run until 12th September 2022. As part of the feature, visitors will be welcomed into the Great Hall to the Frog Choir scene as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, featuring the costume of conductor of the choir, Professor Flitwick, as worn by Warwick Davis.

In addition to the exciting addition of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be expanding the exterior sets in their backlot with new additions including the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale-version of the Weasleys’ Burrow.

Credit: Tom Felton unveils Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, part of the new Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature opening at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London 1st July

You can also watch Tom give a tour of the new space on the WB Studio Tour Instagram!

Filed Under: Tom Felton, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
James & Oliver Phelps ‘Fantastic Friends’ Coming to HBO Max
Posted by Megs

Fans who follow James and Oliver Phelps on social media will know they have been filming a travel show (sometimes with special Potter guests!) together. Fantastic Friends is a 6-part series with each episode clocking in at 1 hour in length. Producer Daniel Sharp has shared that the show was picked up by a few stations including HBO Max!

James and Oliver Phelps enchanted audiences worldwide as mischievous but loveable twins Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise. After ten years as part of one of the most iconic film casts in history, James and Oliver have continued to capture the world’s imagination, travelling the globe on magical adventures.

The show will begin airing on HBO Max in July (date TBD,) Bell Media’s Crave in Canada on June 17 and on TVNZ in New Zealand on August 6. The brothers are joined by Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Luke Youngblood, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Sophie Skelton (Outlander) and Haley Joel Osment.

According to RapidTVNews, Dash Pictures is in production on a second six-part series of Fantastic Friends.

The episode breakdown is as follows:

St Lucia
Maisie Williams played Arya Stark in the epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones. In this episode, James and Oliver Phelps gate-crash Maisie’s relaxing holiday on the stunning Caribbean island of Saint Lucia; expect swimming and sailing challenges, stunning views, heroic hikes, plenty of rum, and a chocolate massage.

Iceland
Bonnie Wright played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter movies and is now a writer, director and advocate for the environment. In this episode, James and Oliver Phelps track Bonnie down to the eco-haven of Iceland; hanging out with whales, exploring incredible caves, riding tiny horses, talking all-things Harry Potter, and trekking up an active volcano!

Dubai
Luke Youngblood played Quiddich commentator Lee Jordan, the Weasley twins’ best friend in the Harry Potter movies. In this episode, James and Oliver Phelps magicked Luke to the desert oasis of Dubai; where they’ll play with jetpacks, go deep diving, reminisce about Harry Potter, race speedboats and play an epic round of golf – the loser gets the bill!

Poland
Sophie Skelton plays Brianna MacKenzie in the hit fantasy series Outlander. In this episode, James and Oliver Phelps interrupt Sophie’s chilled weekend getaway to Krakow in Poland; taking her to the Tatra mountains in search of adventure, river rafting, treacherous treks and the chance to explore an active salt mine.

Austria
Haley Joel Osment is an Oscar nominated acting superstar, known for his turns in The Sixth Sense, A.I. and Forrest Gump. In this episode, James and Oliver Phelps find Hayley visiting the Austrian town of Innsbruck; they lure him into the mountains to discuss child stardom and enjoy an exciting cocktail of ski-based challenges, bone-rattling bobsledding, beer and… witchcraft. Yes, witchcraft.

Ireland
In the space of two weeks, Evanna Lynch went from being a Harry Potter superfan to lighting up the film’s cast as whimsical teen-witch Luna Lovegood. In this episode, James and Oliver Phelps catch a “private” flight to Ireland to catch up with writer-actor-activist Evanna; the twins join her father and the rest of the Lynch clan in the Irish countryside for hurling, dancing, discussion of the Harry Potter movies, and a date with the spirits.

Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps, Luke Youngblood
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