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Portraits for New London Cast of Cursed Child Released
Posted by Megs

New portraits for the London cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been released, see them here. This new cast starts their run on Wednesday, May 24. Photographer Charlie Gray shot their portraits and a behind the scenes video was also released:

Here’s the new cast:

Harry Potter: Jamie Glover
Ginny Potter: Emma Lowndes
Albus Potter: Theo Ancient
Ron Weasley: Thomas Aldridge
Hermione Granger: Rakie Ayola
Rose Granger-Weasley: Helen Aluko
Draco Malfoy: James Howard
Scorpius Malfoy: Samuel Blenkin

We had the pleasure of seeing James Howard as Draco back in December when he was an understudy for the role and he did an amazing job!

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” Beginning in June at Universal Studios Hollywood
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is introducing a brand new show this Summer! The show, The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, is a brand new light projection against the castle beginning on June 23. Two photos of the show in action can be seen in the gallery.

Beginning June 23, guests are invited to see “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in a whole new light when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces its all-new “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle,” featuring a dazzling light projection experience against the backdrop of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will shine brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin that culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky.

The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection, designed to dance across the stunning Hogwarts castle, will be accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

This new summertime feature will take place multiple times a night during its run. Live rehearsals with annual pass previews and very limited guest access will begin in June in preparation for the June 23 grand opening.

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Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Official Wizarding World Book Club Launching in June
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has announced this morning that they will be launching a Wizarding World Book Club with Bloomsbury and Scholastic this June to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! The book club will include online discussions via Twitter and Pottermore’s website.

The Wizarding World Book Club kicks off in June, and to take part you just need to read (or re-read) a Harry Potter book each month – or more, as the books get longer. You can then join in a conversation about it on Twitter, or simply check Pottermore to learn more about each story.

Whether you’re a newcomer, or have read the books a thousand times over, the Wizarding World Book Club is the place for everyone to join the discussion on each of the seven Harry Potter stories.

There will be many ways to participate too. Each week, a new theme from the Harry Potter stories will be discussed over on Pottermore’s brand new Wizarding World Book Club Twitter account, @WWBookClub.

Filed Under: Books, Pottermore
Cursed Child Officially Coming to Broadway Spring 2018
Posted by Megs

It is finally official! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be coming to Broadway in Spring 2018. The official opening will be April 22nd at the redesigned Lyric Theater. Tickets will go on sale this Autumn and can be purchased only through the official Cursed Child website. You can sign up for updates on the play’s official website.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens on Broadway in the spring of 2018 at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre in New York. The official opening will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Ticketing information, performance schedule, casting and further details will be announced in the coming months.

As previously announced, the Lyric Theatre is currently undergoing a complete redesign and transformation in preparation for the North American premiere of the production.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, received its world premiere in June 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London, where it plays to sold-out houses. The critically acclaimed play recently became the most awarded production in the history of the Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director. The production has won 22 major theatre awards in the UK since opening last July in London, including the Evening Standard Best Play Award.

Written by Olivier and BAFTA Award winner Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony Award® winner John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, bringing together some of the most exciting talent working in the theatre today.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Tom Felton Joins Cast of ‘Ophelia’
Posted by Megs

Deadline reports that Tom Felton has joined the cast of Ophelia along with Clive Owen, George MacKay, Devon Terrell and previously announced Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts. Tom will be portraying Laertes in this newest adaption of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Laertes is the son of Polonius and the brother of Ophelia, Hamlet’s love interest. Filming starts later this month in Prague.

Ridley stars as Ophelia, the Queen’s (Watts) most trusted lady-in-waiting. She soon captures the attention of the handsome Prince Hamlet and a forbidden love blossoms. As war brews, lust and betrayal are tearing Elsinore Castle apart from within and Ophelia must decide between her true love or her own life in order to protect a very dangerous secret. Semi Chellas adapted Lisa Klein’s novel.

Filed Under: Tom Felton
Make it a Harry Potter Christmas at Universal Orlando!
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando Resort has revealed today that they will be decking out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the holidays! These celebrations will include holiday decorations in both parks, a nighttime light show on Hogwarts castle, holiday themed food and more! Now we are even more excited to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this Winter! The announcement comes in the form of a video featuring Michael Aiello, the Senior Director of Entertainment:

The full press release can be read below:

The most wonderful time of the year is coming to one of the most immersive theme park experiences ever created. Universal Orlando Resort announced today that a new Christmas experience is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as part of its destination-wide Holiday celebration.

Plus, a brand-new parade featuring Macy’s will also join Universal’s epic lineup of Holidays experiences – making Universal Orlando the place to be for Holidays.

These new experiences will join beloved Holiday traditions at Universal Orlando for the destination’s 2017 Holidays celebration, which will run for more dates than ever before from November 18, 2017 to January 6, 2018.

Celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Christmas is a special time in the Harry Potter series, and fans from around the world have long wanted to enjoy that part of J.K. Rowling’s compelling story for themselves. This November, the new Christmas experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will give guests a special opportunity to see, feel and even taste what it’s like to celebrate the magic of Christmas in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

As night falls, a magical holiday transformation of Hogwarts castle will take place right before guests’ eyes. Incredible state-of- the-art projection mapping and special effects will wrap the iconic castle – bringing holiday spirit and memorable Christmas moments from the Harry Potter series to life like never before.

Festive décor like ornate garlands will line the streets of both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Each storefront will be decked out with uniquely-themed decorations, and guests will enjoy special holiday themed food, drink and entertainment.

Stay tuned – more details about Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and even more exciting news about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be released soon.

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Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

A brand-new holiday parade experience will also join Universal Orlando’s resort-wide Holiday celebration beginning this November. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will take place in Universal Studios Florida and feature magnificent new, incredibly-detailed floats and balloons, and beloved characters like the mischievous Minions from Despicable Me, popular DreamWorks characters from Madagascar and Shrek – and even Santa Claus himself. Universal is partnering with Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment, to bring this new parade experience to life. More details will be released soon.

Universal Orlando’s resort-wide Holidays celebration – including Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s – will run daily from November 18, 2017 to January 6, 2018. Access to the festivities is included in regular admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Guests can now book a special vacation package to experience all of Universal’s epic Holidays entertainment. Packages start at $165 per adult, per night (tax inclusive) and include four-night hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a 4-day/3- park ticket that includes admission to ALL THREE Universal theme parks – including Universal’s new water theme park, Volcano Bay, which grand opens on May 25, and early park admission to The= Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Volcano Bay. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com.

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