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Hogwarts After Dark Returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Posted by Megs

Last year’s popular ‘Hogwarts After Dark’ events will return to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this year! They invite brave witches, wizards and Muggles to attend a magical Hallowe’en evening in the Great Hall. The ‘Hogwarts after Dark’ events will take place on 26th, 27th and 28th October from 7:30pm until midnight and are open to over 18s only. Tickets are priced at £240pp and will go on sale on Tuesday 28th August at 10am at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/after-dark. Photos from previous events can be seen in the gallery.

Tickets include:

  • Welcome drinks and canapés on arrival
  • Exclusive after-hours access to the Studio Tour
  • A two-course dinner in the iconic Great Hall set with drinks (special dietary alternatives are available)
  • A selection of dessert bowls served in the Forbidden Forest
  • A taster of Butterbeer in the backlot café
  • Pumpkin-making demonstrations by the Prop Making Department
  • Wand Choreography interactive with Paul Harris
  • Souvenir green screen photograph and Forbidden Forest edition souvenir guidebook

A free cloakroom is available, and this will be open for guests on the night. A complimentary shuttle bus will be running to the event at approx. 6:50pm from Watford Junction and return services will leave the Studio Tour throughout the evening.

For more details, please visit: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/after-dark

Full details on the event may be read below:

HOGWARTS AFTER DARK EVENTS RETURN TO WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON THIS HALLOWE’EN

Following last year’s incredibly popular ‘Hogwarts After Dark’ events, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is once again inviting brave witches, wizards and Muggles to enjoy a magical Hallowe’en evening on the set of the Hogwarts Great Hall on 26th-28th October.

Guests attending ‘Hogwarts after Dark’ will begin their magical evening with smoking dry ice cocktails and canapés before stepping onto the red carpet through the doors of the wizarding school into the Great Hall, which will be completely transformed for Hallowe’en. The Great Hall will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, as seen on screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone while the long tables will be laden with a Hallowe’en feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops.

After stepping into the actual Great Hall set that was used for filming, guests will enjoy a delicious two-course dinner and drinks surrounded by the original props and costumes. All before grabbing a lantern and following the spiders into the newly opened Forbidden Forest where dessert will be served in the company of magical creatures such as Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Aragog the Acromantula.

Throughout the evening, Death Eaters will be roaming the Tour dressed in the original costumes from the film series allowing guests to see up close the intricate details of the embroidered robes and hand-painted masks. After dinner, guests are invited to explore the Studio Tour after hours, admiring sets such as the Gryffindor common room and the Weasley’s kitchen from The Burrow, before meeting members of the Prop Making Department who will be revealing the filmmaking secrets behind the ceiling full of enchanted pumpkins.

The evening continues with the chance to learn wand combat moves from Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, in preparation for a live duel with Death Eaters. A refreshing glass of Butterbeer will be provided in the backlot café and guests will then have the opportunity to explore a darker Diagon Alley as the lights are dimmed, the music becomes more foreboding and the wizarding shopping street set is patrolled by Death Eaters. The evening will conclude with the opportunity to pick up your complimentary Souvenir Guidebook

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Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Lumos adds winner to competition to see the play on Broadway
Posted by Megs

We posted earlier this month that Lumos was holding a contest to win tickets to a benefit performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway. They’ve now announced that there will be a SECOND winner! Full details are below:

Lumos announces there will be an additional winner in competition for a magical weekend in New York, including flights and tickets to a benefit performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway

Two winners will win:

  • Two tickets to a special benefit performance of the six-time Tony Award®-winning play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two
  • Roundtrip flights to New York from anywhere in the world courtesy of American Airlines
  • Three-night stay in a hotel in New York courtesy of Hotels.com
  • A meet-and-greet with members of the cast
  • Tea with an actor from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • A copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, signed by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
  • An official Cursed Child merchandise goodie bag

Jamie Parker (who plays Harry Potter) and other cast members of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, today released a new film that explains how to win tickets to a special benefit performance of the hit play in New York on 23rd September 2018.

Lumos announces the news that a second lucky winner will have the chance to attend a special benefit performance of six-time Tony Award®-winning play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The prize includes roundtrip flights to New York from anywhere in the world and the opportunity to meet the cast.

Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity is running the competition from 1st to 31st August 2018. Every $10 donation to Lumos at www.Crowdrise.com/CursedChild will count as one entry to the global sweepstakes run through the online fundraising platform CrowdRise.

All funds raised on CrowdRise will go towards helping Lumos rescue vulnerable children from harmful orphanages and reunite them with their families.

Georgette Mulheir, Lumos CEO: “By entering this competition you will be supporting Lumos’ work to shine a light on the eight million children trapped in orphanages and institutions around the world. Each donation will help Lumos achieve its mission to support all children to grow up in loving, nurturing, protective families.”

The competition runs from 1st August until 31st August 2018. The winners will be drawn the week beginning 3rd September and must be available to travel between 20th and 24th September 2018.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Darks Arts Event Returning to WB Studio Tour London; Plus Exclusive Costume Evenings
Posted by Megs

Returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter from Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November is Dark Arts – an event allowing fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe’en feasts to explore the darkness of the Wizarding World.

In addition, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London invites fans to celebrate their favourite costumes of the Wizarding World and book for one of two exclusive costume evenings from 6:45pm on 6th and 7th October. Fans can come dressed as their favourite Harry Potter witch, wizard, Muggle or even creature and enjoy unique photo opportunities and giveaways laid on specially to celebrate the costumes of the Dark Arts.

EXPLORE THE DARKNESS OF THE WIZARDING WORLD THIS HALLOWE’EN AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON

Embody your favourite Harry Potter character and come dressed for the part at brand-new costume evenings during Dark Arts at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

From Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November, fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe’en feasts are invited to explore the darkness of the Wizarding World as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter hosts a special feature dedicated to the Dark Arts.

New for 2018, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London invites fans to celebrate their favourite costumes of the Wizarding World and book for one of two exclusive costume evenings from 6:45pm on 6th and 7thOctober. Fans can come dressed as their favourite Harry Potter witch, wizard, Muggle or even creature and enjoy unique photo opportunities and giveaways laid on specially to celebrate the costumes of the Dark Arts. Tickets go on sale at 10am on 14th August and are available from wbstudiotour.co.uk/celebration-of-costume.

Returning this year, the iconic Great Hall set will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, as seen on screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Created by Head Propmaker on all the Harry Potter films, Pierre Bohanna, the pumpkins are modelled on those found in Hagrid’s pumpkin patch inHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and are hand-carved by the Prop Making Department so no two are alike. The Great Hall tables will also be laden with a Hallowe’en feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops.

After learning wand combat moves in an interactive experience with Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, visitors are invited to take part in an exciting live duel with Death Eaters in the Studio Tour’s backlot.  Demonstrating how a crowd scene like the Battle of Hogwarts would have been created during filming, visitors will test out their newly learned wand techniques as they are directed through a battle with Death Eaters who are storming the Hogwarts Bridge.

In addition to this, vats of slimy Troll snot, buckets of dribbling drool (of the three-headed dog variety) and pools of silvery unicorn blood will be showcased in the Tour allowing visitors to get hands-on and see exactly how the slime and goo was created. Visitors will also be able to walk down a darker Diagon Alley as the lights are dimmed and the music becomes more foreboding on the wizarding shopping street.

The Studio Tour’s Dark Arts feature will run from Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities, including the costume evenings, are included in the ticket price.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Lumos Launches Contest to Win a Trip to NY for a Benefit Performance of Cursed Child
Posted by Megs

Lumos has launced competition to win a magical weekend in New York, including flights and tickets to a benefit performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway! Jamie Parker (who plays Harry Potter) and other cast members of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, today announced the competition to win a pair of tickets to a special performance on 23rd September 2018. In a video greeting, the cast explain how fans can enter the competition which will benefit J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity Lumos.

Each $10 donation to Lumos equals one entry into the prize draw at www.Crowdrise.com/CursedChild. All funds raised on CrowdRise will go towards helping Lumos rescue vulnerable children from harmful orphanages and reunite them with their families. The competition runs from 1st August until 31st August 2018. The winner will be drawn the week beginning 3rd September and must be available to travel between 20th and 24th September 2018.

The winner gets:

  • Two tickets to a special benefit performance of the six-time Tony Award®-winning play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two
  • Roundtrip flights to New York from anywhere in the world courtesy of American Airlines
  • Three-night stay in a hotel in New York courtesy of Hotels.com
  • A meet-and-greet with members of the cast
  • Tea with an actor from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • A copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, signed by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
  • An official Cursed Child merchandise goodie bag

Georgette Mulheir, Lumos CEO: “By entering this competition you will be supporting Lumos’ work to shine a light on the eight million children trapped in orphanages and institutions around the world. Each donation will help Lumos achieve its mission to support all children to grow up in loving, nurturing, protective families.”

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Barnes & Noble Announces LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Train Build Event
Posted by Megs

Barnes & Noble has announced a LEGO® Harry Potter Hogwarts Train Build event at select stores nationwide Saturday, August 4! This event continues the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States. A new line of LEGO Harry Potter products will be available for purchase at the event and readers will get 25% off all Harry Potter paperback books, including Brian Selznick’s new artwork editions! More details on the event may be read below:

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced that it will be hosting a LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Train build event at select stores nationwide on Saturday, August 4, at 2 PM, where customers will have the opportunity to build a mini Hogwarts train that they can take home with them. There are limited quantities available and select stores may require customers to sign up for the event in advance. Customers should contact their local store for details as soon as possible so they do not miss out on this exciting event!

A new line of LEGO® Harry Potter products will be available for purchase at the event, while supplies last, including LEGO® Fantastic Beasts™ Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures and LEGO® Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beasts™ Minifigures. The full list of new LEGO® Harry Potter products that launch at Barnes & Noble on August 1 and will be available for purchase at the event, while supplies last, will include the following:

  • Hogwarts™ Express
  • Aragog’s Lair
  • Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures
  • LEGO® Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beasts™ Minifigures
  • Hogwarts™ Great Hall
  • Grindelwald’s Escape
  • Hogwarts™ Whomping Willow™

The event continues Barnes & Noble’s 20th anniversary celebration of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States, and also will include 20 Years of Magic event kits featuring cool giveaways.

In addition, customers will receive 25% off all Harry Potter paperbacks, including the new books featuring Brian Selznick’s artwork, in-store and online through August 6.

Customers are encouraged to share pictures of the event on their social media channels using the hashtags, #BNHarryPotter20 and #BNLEGOBuild.

For more information, customers should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator or speak with one of the knowledgeable booksellers at their local store.

Filed Under: Books, LEGO Harry Potter
Largest LEGO Version of the Hogwarts Castle Available This September
Posted by Megs

This morning, LEGO has announced the release of the largest version of the Hogwarts Castle! This highly detailed set has 6,020 pieces and is built to microscale. Hogwarts Castle measures over 22” high, 27” wide and 16” deep. Available September 1st, LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle will be sold at shop.LEGO.com and in LEGO Stores nationwide for $399.99. See detailed photos of the set can be seen here!

The set includes:

  • 4 minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw, with a buildable minifigure display stand.
  • Also features 27 microfigures: Harry Potter™, Ron Weasley™, Hermione Granger™, Draco Malfoy™, Albus Dumbledore™, Professor Snape™, Professor McGonagall™, Remus Lupin, Professor Dolores Umbridge™, Argus Filch, Lord Voldemort™, Bellatrix Lestrange, 3 students from each of the 4 houses, 2 chess pieces and the Architect of Hogwarts™ statue and 5 Dementors, plus Aragog the spider and the Basilisk figures, and a buildable Hungarian Horntail dragon.
  • Features a buildable microscale model of Hogwarts™ Castle, hut of Hagrid™, Whomping Willow™ tree and 5 boats.
  • Hogwarts™ Castle features the Great Hall with buildable ‘stained glass windows’, house banners, benches, tables, flaming torches and moving staircases; potions classroom with racks of jar elements; Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom with assorted potion jars, gramophone and a closet containing a boggart; Chessboard Chamber with chess piece elements; Room of Requirement with assorted elements, including the Goblet of Fire and the vanishing cabinet; Chamber of Secrets™ with the Basilisk and Tom Riddle’s Diary; hidden Devils Snare room with vine elements; Gryffindor™ common room with fireplace and seating; Professor Dolores Umbridge’s office with desk, chair and pink furnishings; library with bookcase and desks; and Professor Dumbledore’s office with the Griffin statue entrance and Memory cabinet.
  • Hagrid’s hut features Aragog the spider and buildable pumpkins.
  • The Whomping Willow™ includes the buildable blue Flying Ford Anglia car in its spinning branches.
  • Also includes 5 buildable boats.
  • Take a seat in the Great Hall and feast with the Hogwarts™ professors and students!
  • Sneak your way into the Chamber of Secrets™ through the secret entrance and face the Basilisk!
  • Attend a Defence Against the Dark Arts class to learn how to protect yourself from dark magic!
  • Climb the moving staircase!
  • Study for your Ordinary Wizarding Level exams in the library.
  • Accessory elements include the Sword of Gryffindor™, Helga Hufflepuff´s cup, wands, potions, house banners, flames, a cauldron and 2 magnifying glasses.
  • Microfigure accessories include 2 chess statues and the Architect of Hogwarts™ statue.

 

Filed Under: LEGO Harry Potter, Products
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