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Recap of Opening Celebration for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Posted by Megs

Last night, Harry Potter film stars Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps brought a little magic to Universal Orlando Resort for the opening celebration of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, debuting to guests on June 13. 

The beloved Harry Potter film stars reunited and led special guests in a spellbinding moment to celebrate the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  There was also a special message from Hagrid himself, Robbie Coltrane! Photos from the Opening Celebration may be seen over in our gallery!

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens to the public tomorrow, June 13th! The following day, June 14th, guests will be able to sign up for a “Virtual Line” via their smartphones to help alleviate crowding at the ride. You will get a time to come back and get in the actual line for the ride. More details on how to make the most of your visit are at the Universal Orlando Blog!

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando Resort to Livestream Opening Celebration for New Coaster
Posted by Megs

On Tuesday, June 11, Universal Orlando Resort will have a special live stream of the opening celebration for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opening to guests on June 13. 

The live stream will give viewers a front row seat to an exciting, magical moment that will celebrate the world’s first “story coaster,” and feature special appearances from beloved Harry Potter film stars. 

The live stream will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, on Universal Orlando’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Patronus Art Auction For BookTrust Kicks Off 20 Years Of Prisoner Of Azkaban Celebrations
Posted by Megs

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Bloomsbury has announced an art auction featuring Patronuses to raise money for BookTrust. BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity; each year they reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading, because they know that reading can transform lives.

8th July 2019 marks 20 years since the first publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in the UK – the spellbinding third book in the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series that introduced readers to the notion of casting their Patronus – a protective spell that manifests as a silvery animal guardian.
 
Bloomsbury – the home of Harry Potter books in the UK– has joined forces with BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity, to mark 20 years of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with a thrilling event that celebrates the Patronus Charm in all of its magical forms. A stellar line-up of over 20 top UK children’s book illustrators, Bloomsbury Harry Potter book artists (Jim Kay, Jonny Duddle, Levi Pinfold, Emily Gravett and Chris Riddell), and the amazing design minds behind MinaLima are creating ORIGINAL postcard-sized illustration of Patronus creatures.
 
Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO commented, “We are thrilled to be part of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s 20th anniversary and we know that these exclusive, one-of-a-kind illustrations will be in high demand. It’s lovely to think that a novel which has inspired children around the globe, along with some of the world’s most talented illustrators will help BookTrust to support families and get books into the hands of children across the UK.”
 
Prospective purchasers will be able to bid for the pieces online at BookTrust’s eBay for Charity page which will be live at 6pm BST on Monday 8th July and the postcards will be displayed during that week at Waterstones Piccadilly. With a wealth of talent from the world of children’s books these unique interpretations of the animal form of the Patronus are guaranteed to be a must-have for fans of all ages. Keep an eye out at www.booktrust.org.uk for more information.

Meanwhile, Bloomsbury is working closely with The Week Junior magazine to challenge children in schools throughout the UK to create their own ‘Patronus on a Postcard’ and win some amazing Harry Potter prizes. The competition runs from 7th – 27th June. Judges include Harry Potter illustrator Levi Pinfold and The Week Junior’s editor-in-chief Anna Bassi.

The following artists are participating by creating original artwork for the auction:

  • Dapo Adeola
  • Steve Antony
  • Rob Biddulph
  • Jonny Duddle
  • Jim Field
  • Emily Gravett
  • Mini Grey
  • Sophy Henn
  • Yasmeen Ismail
  • Jim Kay
  • Neal Layton
  • Steven Lenton
  • James Mayhew
  • Sarah McIntyre
  • Miraphora Mina
  • Eduardo Lima
  • Tom Percival
  • Liz Pichon
  • Levi Pinfold
  • Catherine Raynor
  • Chris Riddell
  • Nadia Shireen
  • Alex T Smith
  • Rachel Suzanne
  • Joe Todd-Stanton
  • Ken Wilson-Max
Filed Under: Books
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game Introduces Patronus Feature
Posted by Megs
Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Patronus

Jam City has introduced a brand new feature to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, patronuses! The brand new in-game storyline gives players the opportunity to summon their unique corporeal Patronus.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Patronus

Available now, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery players will encounter a mysterious evil that has unexplainably entered Hogwarts!  In this new special adventure, Tonks and her jackrabbit Patronus will help defend players from this dangerous threat and teach players the Patronus charm, one of the most powerful defensive charms in the Wizarding World.  Ultimately, each player will be able to summon their own unique Patronus, designated by both choice and player attribute levels. With the sidequest all but complete, players will need to unleash their Patronus to save Hogwarts!

Before the Patronus Special Adventure, players who have advanced to Year 1 Chapter 6 and beyond can partake in the full marks leaderboard event, where they can earn a special Patronus-related prize. There will also be a special limited Patronus bundle available in-game to players who have advanced through Year 1 Chapter 4 and beyond, plus an opportunity to learn the Obscuro Spell via Duelling Club.

“We love to bring true-to-canon content from the wizarding world into Hogwarts Mystery, and the Patronus has been one of those iconic features that our fans have been asking about for a long time,” said Michael Brozman, Sr. Director of Product at Jam City. “Our hope is that the Patronus will spark a lot of excitement for our fans, delivering a thrilling adventure that heightens their experience at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Patronus Filed Under: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Portkey Games
New Photos & Video of Universal’s ‘Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure’
Posted by Megs

We’re less than a month away from the opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s new ride – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! Today they’ve released some new photos and footage of the much-anticipated addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. All the new photos may be seen in the gallery.

You can also watch a quick point-of-view video of the ride below!

Read the full press release below:

From rich sets and an actual forest with 1,200 trees to ground-breaking coaster technology and a captivating storyline, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be the most highly-themed, immersive coaster experience yet – becoming the world’s first “story coaster.”

Epic Thrills Await Within the Forbidden Forest…

Get ready to soar into one of the most mysterious places in the Wizarding World – the Forbidden Forest. Aboard magical motorbikes, guests will actually feel the freedom of flight as they journey to the edge of the forest – regardless of if they’re on the motorcycle or in the adjacent sidecar.

They’ll ascend above the trees, rapidly accelerate through mysterious ruins, speed forward – and backward, and so much more as they search for the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.

The “story coaster” will feature innovative technology that is integrated so seamlessly into the surrounding environments, guests won’t know what to expect next. Along the way, they’ll experience thrills they’ve never felt on a coaster before, including:

• The most launches of any roller coaster in the world – with 7 total launches
• Unexpectedly dropping nearly 17 feet on the first coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop
• Being catapulted 65 feet in the air at a more than 70 degree angle – and then immediately dropping backward in one movement

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will also be the longest roller coaster in Florida, measuring nearly a mile in length (5,053 feet).

Your Adventure Begins When You Enter the Ruins…

Before taking off on an exciting journey through the Forbidden Forest, guests will enter ruins which appear to have been abandoned for centuries behind Hagrid’s hut. The ruins were imagined and brought to life by Universal’s award-winning Creative team in collaboration with the Harry Potter films’ Production Designer, Stuart Craig, and Art Director, Alan Gilmore. Hagrid now uses the ruins for groundskeeping at Hogwarts. And this is where guests’ Care of Magical Creatures class will begin.

As they make their way to their enchanted motorbikes, guests will see materials from the class, including dragon eggs on the verge of hatching and a makeshift nursery where Hagrid kept his Blast-Ended Skrewts – the creatures that are being brought to life for the first time ever for this epic new adventure. Guests will encounter beloved characters from the Harry Potter films including Arthur Weasley, Hagrid, and his loyal dog, Fang, through a pre-show experience brought to life with digital projection and special effects. During this interaction, guests learn about their impending trip to the Forbidden Forest as part of their lesson for the day.

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 at Universal Orlando and bring an all-new adventure inspired by J.K. Rowling’s beloved stories to life on an epic new “story coaster.” Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. For more information, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Calling All Wizards – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Needs Your Help!
Posted by Megs

In a new video released this morning, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is calling all wizards to help them with the recent goings on in the muggle world!

In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, each incident increasingly places the wizarding world at risk of exposure, and players must work to solve the mystery of this Calamity as new recruits of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force. Players will be able to explore their real-world neighbourhoods and cities to discover mysterious artefacts, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way.

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

Players can pre-register for the game on Google Play or the Galaxy Store for Android devices to be among the first players to experience the magic of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite when it launches later this year.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Portkey Games
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