Welcome to the first of our post-Celebration of Harry Potter videos! To start off we have the press exclusive chat with Evanna Lynch, Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright and Katie Leung from Friday January 29th.
Universal Studios Hollywood have announced EZ Rez to make buying tickets for the theme park easier. In essence, you order your ticket online for a specific date(s) and in doing so you gain early access to the park (beginning 4/7) and guaranteed entrance for that day! This will be extremely helpful for those Harry Potter fans wishing to go to the park on April 7th for the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. More information from the press release may be read below:
Starting today and for the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is introducing EZ Rez™, an innovative, easy-to-use online ticket purchasing system featuring an array of new consumer benefits designed to enhance visits to The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as the world-class destination continues its unparalleled investment in an ambitious epic transformation.
In addition to affording guests the unique opportunity of booking date specific tickets, EZ Rez ticket holders will be able to benefit from early entry to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” when the immersive land officially opens on April 7. Early admission to the land will begin one hour prior to park opening.
As an added benefit, guests purchasing admission tickets and annual passes via EZ Rez will also enjoy premium savings with all advanced online transactions. Anytime admission tickets will continue to be available.
The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new experience and theme park.
With the much anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” opening on April 7, and the recent addition of “Fast & Furious: Supercharged” as the grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour, expansive themed lands including “Springfield” and “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” next generation thrill rides such as “Transformers: The Ride 3D,” amplified experiences such as the recently introduced “Nighttime Studio Tour” and the new “Special Effects Show,” Universal Studios Hollywood is continually exploring new, groundbreaking ways to ensure guests have the best possible experience, both in advance and upon their arrival.
During the Harry Potter Film Tribute at A Celebration of Harry Potter, Warner Bros. released a special look at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The clip has been posted online and you can watch it below! We will have loads more coverage from this weekends events next week, stay tuned!
In a few days we will be headed down to Florida for Universal Orlando’s 3rd annual Celebration of Harry Potter. We’ve gone every year and are excited to see what Universal has in store for fans this time around! Vacation packages are sold out, but admission to the event is included with any Park-to-Park admission ticket or Annual Pass. The schedule of events for A Celebration of Harry Potter can be found here. Here is what we are most looking forward to. We only listed 7 because that’s the most magical number, but be sure to share what you’re excited about!
1. Then amazing cast lineup! This year we get to spend some time, with Matt Lewis, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Write, Katie Leung and Evanna Lynch! They will be participating in two Q&A panels and also signing autographs and taking photos with fans who bought Premium Vacation Packages. In the past the cast panels have brought some great conversations and amusing filming stories.
3. Pottermore. I know this is included in the Harry Potter Expo, but Pottermore has teased they will have something very exciting during the weekend! On their website they say:
If you’re coming along to the Celebration in person, be sure to pop down to the Pottermore booth with the free augmented reality app Blippar downloaded to your smartphone or tablet. You never know what you might find…
4. The Scavenger Hunt. This year Universal have set up a fun Harry Potter scavenger hunt that fans can participate in throughout the weekend! There are eight clues for you to find and take photos of/with.
5. Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima! Our owner Megan is a graphic & web designer by day so seeing how the design team came up with the designs and props for the film is always a highlight! Who knows, we may even get some Fantastic Beasts tidbits! Fingers crossed!
6. Kids Beauxbatons and Durmstrang lessons. We may not be kids, but we can’t wait to see kids learn to dance Like a Beauxbatons student & battle Like a Durmstrang with a Universal Orlando choreographer.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Harry Potter (and now Fantastic Beasts) producer David Heyman talks about the films and working in the industry. He is set to receive the David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the 27th annual Producers Guild Awards this weekend. The Fantastic Beasts related questions may be read below:
Why did you decide to return to the world of Harry Potter?
It was exciting to move on and to embrace new challenges with Gravity and Paddington, but when it finished, there was a not-insignificant sadness because [the Potter films] had been such a big part of my life. Jo Rowling created such an incredibly rich and deeply conceived world. What you read in the books is in some ways just the surface of this world. I’d ask her about the [character Sirius Black’s] family tree because we had to paint it on the wall [for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix], and the book only had two names, and half an hour later I’d receive a family tree going back six generations with 100 people. I’m sure Newt Scamander and his story have been in her mind for many years. We were sitting around wondering what else we could do in this world, and [producer] Lionel Wigram, who is the person I first brought the first [Potter] book to, thought about maybe doing a documentary about Newt. That idea was floated to Jo, and she responded to doing a film about [that character].
Is Beasts designed as a franchise?
We’ve talked about making a couple, but with all these things — and this may be a failing of mine — I don’t look at them as franchises; I look at them as films. We want to make each film as good as we can because if you don’t, you won’t have a second film or a third.
What’s the biggest difference between Fantastic Beasts and the Harry Potter films?
Not having to work children’s hours. (Laughs.) And it’s set in 1920s New York as opposed to the U.K. in the ’90s.
He also answers a question about what he wishes he knew when he first started producing.
It’s something I know but I struggle to do: not take it all personally. On the one hand I think it’s important to take it all personally because you have to fight to the bitter end to make it as good as it can be, but at the same time, as one faces rejection on a daily basis, it can be hard at times.
As part of the celebrations for Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells, Bloomsbury Children’s Books is launching the first official global search to find the world’s favourite spell from the Harry Potter books. You can visit http://bit.ly/HarryPotterSpellVote to vote for your favorite spells! The poll is open until Tuesday 2nd February with the results being announced on Harry Potter Book Night, Thursday 4th February.
A Night of Spells is the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2016. Harry Potter Book Night gives fans of all ages the chance to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful novels by creating events all across the world using a specially created event kit. You can find out more about Harry Potter Book Night at http://www.harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/harry-potter-book-night/
The hundreds of amazing spells created by J.K. Rowling within the pages of the Harry Potter books are legendary. Full of inventiveness and cunning, these famous magical incantations protect and challenge Harry and his friends in all sorts of ways.
Will the favourite be a sly spell, a mysterious charm or a unforgiveable curse like Avada Kedavra? It’s over to the Harry Potter fans across the world to cast their vote. Vote for your favourite spell at http://bit.ly/HarryPotterSpellVote