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“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats” at Universal CityWalk California
Posted by Megs

Universal Studios Hollywood may not be open at the moment due to covid restrictions but as of today fans will be able to enjoy some Wizarding World magic at CityWalk! Visitors will be able to purchase cold, frozen and hot butterbeer as well as butterbeer ice cream and more!

Universal CityWalk Introduces “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats,” Offering Guests and Fans a Chance to Enjoy Magical and Delicious Confections and Snacks Just in Time for the Holiday Season, Beginning Friday, November 20

Universal City, California, November 20, 2020 – Here’s the scoop: Beginning Friday, November 20, Butterbeer favorites and more will be served at Universal CityWalk’s newest seasonal walk-up location, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™—Sweets & Treats,” offering fans a chance to enjoy the beloved beverage and ice-cream from Universal Studios Hollywood’s immersive land.

Traditional cold, frozen and hot Butterbeer along with delectable Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice-cream and Chocolate Frog confections will delight the palates of fans who have long craved these popular temptations from the theme park’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” 

The Butterbeer beverages will be available for purchase in a cup or souvenir stein.  Gilly Water and classic cinnamon Churros will also be on the menu. 

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats” will be open on weekends from Friday through Sunday during CityWalk’s operating hours, noon to 8:00 p.m.  Free self-parking is available to all guests during this initial re-opening phase. 

Inspired by the compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.  Now, for the first time and during this Holiday season, some of the iconic beverages and desserts featured in the land will be served for a limited time at this new and special Universal CityWalk location.

Universal CityWalk continues to work closely with local health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing.  Health and safety protocols are outlined below, highlighted in this video and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.

  • Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If temperatures exceed 100.4° Fahrenheit / 38° Celsius or greater, Guests will not be permitted to enter.
  • Face coverings required for all Guests throughout their visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.
  • Controlled occupancy at all CityWalk venues to help enforce physical distancing. Some areas and programs may remain temporarily closed.
  • Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all food locations and all high touch points areas. 
  • Physical distancing practices at all locations throughout CityWalk.
  • Cashless payments and “no touch” policies wherever possible.
Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Wizarding World Releasing Two Festive Pins Next Week!
Posted by Megs

Wizarding World has announced it will be releasing two new Harry Potter pins this month. Christmas at Hogwarts™ (£14.95/$16.99) and Glitter Hedwig™ (£11.95/$14.99) will be available on Wednesday November 25th.

The pins are available exclusively for Harry Potter Fan Club Gold members on Tuesday 24th November – 24 hours before general release!  Gold members will also be able to get 20% off the purchase price.

The two pins are designed to get all Harry Potter fans in the festive spirit. The beautiful Christmas at Hogwarts pin shows off the castle immersed in snow under a twinkling night sky, while the glittery Hedwig pin comes in a beautiful rose gold colour for a bit of festive sparkle which will shimmer and shine when worn under your Christmas lights. 

Filed Under: Official Harry Potter Fan Club, Wizarding World Gold
Tom Felton Organizing a Home Party, “19 Years Later” on Veeps
Posted by Megs

Tom Felton is holding a virtual Home Party through Veeps next Saturday! You can join Tom, his dog Willow, and some special guests for songs, laughter, and fun on November 14th 2020, 12pm PT/3pm ET! Tickets can be purchased on the event page.

We will be giving away some tickets on our Twitter account and Facebook account, so stay tuned!

Tom Felton’s Home Party: 19 Years Later

Nov 14 · 12:00 PM PST

A fun filled evening with Tom Felton and Willow the dog. music , Harry Potter Q&A , fun! Nothing like this has even been attempted before. There’s no way, even with all the current covid restrictions around the world, that we are not gonna have one smashing stonka of a time laughing, smiling, singing, celebrating DracoTok this epic milestone in Harry Potter history with special guests! Come join me, I guarantee you it’s gonna be like nothing else you’ve ever experienced.

**A portion of all sales will be going to The Liv Project https://thelivproject.com/ **

**Available for rewatch until 11/21 at 12PM PT**

Filed Under: Tom Felton
Johnny Depp Resigns from Fantastic Beasts; Third Film Pushed Back
Posted by Megs

Johnny Depp has posted a statement to his Instagram account announcing that he has resigned from the Fantastic Beasts films at Warner Bros. request. Depp is still in the middle of a legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard and her allegations of abuse.

On Monday Johnny lost a libel case against the Sun newspaper. In his statement he says he will be appealing that decision to prove the allegations are untrue. His full statement may be read below.

In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement.

Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty.

I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.

Secondly, I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.

Finally, I wish to say this.

The surreal judgement of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal.

My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.

Thank you for reading

Johnny Depp

Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has confirmed the role of Grindelwald will be recast and the third Fantastic Beasts film will be pushed back to Summer 2022.

Update: It has been revealed that th.e new release date is July 15, 2022

“Johnny Depp will depart the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said. “‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022.”

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts 3, Fantastic Beasts Films
Hogwarts in the Snow Returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – with MORE Snow!
Posted by Megs

A fan favorite feature is returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London this year – Hogwarts in the Snow! They’ve even added more snow this year with visitors able to experience Diagon Alley covered in snow. In previous years a small area of Diagon Alley was used to show how they made Harry’s invisibility cloak footprints, but this year the whole set will be decked out in snow from the cobblestones to the store fronts!

Fans of the Harry Potter films are invited to get into the festive spirit as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s annual Hogwarts in the Snow feature returns! For the very first time, from Saturday 14th November – Sunday 17th January 2021, visitors will be able to explore another of their favourite sets in the snow as Diagon Alley undergoes a wintery transformation.

New for 2020, the cobbled stones and magical shop fronts of Diagon Alley will be given a festive makeover, draped in layers of filmmaking snow. During filming, many different types of ‘snow’ were used, each selected for its ability to crunch under foot, float like falling flakes or glisten in the light like ice, but never melt. The same techniques will be used by filmmakers to cover the magical shopping street this year. Though Diagon Alley was not seen in the snow, the same set was used for parts of Hogsmeade during the wintery scenes that see Harry make use of his invisibility cloak to join the school trip without permission.

A popular fan favourite, the Hogwarts castle model will also be transformed with a dusting of snow again this year. During filming, a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkled the mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt onto the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake. The same process takes place at the Studio Tour every festive season.

As visitors step foot onto the original stone floor of the Great Hall, they will be welcomed with wreaths, garlands and trees topped with witches on miniature broomsticks. The long dining tables will be dressed as they were for the seasonal feast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, complete with SFX flaming Christmas puddings and prop versions of the mouth-watering roast turkeys and hams studded with cherries.

In addition, many more of the iconic sets housed at the Studio Tour will receive a festive makeover. The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were created by the cast members during production. Fireplaces throughout the Studio Tour (including those in the Leaky Cauldron and Great Hall) will be ‘lit’ with special effects fire, created by John Richardson and the SFX team using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects.

Hogwarts in the Snow runs from 14th November 2020 until 17th January 2021 and tickets are now available to purchase via www.wbstudiotour.co.uk. Tickets must be pre-booked, and all extra features are included in the ticket price.

COVID-19 Update: To help keep everyone safe, a number of additional measures and changes have been made to the Studio Tour experience. The updates are designed to prioritise social distancing and enhanced cleaning. Visitors are advised to familiarise themselves with the Studio Tour’s safety measures before visiting: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/updates/safety-measures/

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
The Official Harry Potter Fan Club Announces New Halloween Pin
Posted by Megs

The official Harry Potter Fan Club has announced it’s launching a new Limited Edition Halloween pin! The pin is inspired by the Great Hall and it’s floating candles and pumpkins.

Harry Potter Fan Club Gold Members can enjoy 24-hour early access – and 20% off – to the limited edition Halloween pin from the Harry Potter Fan Club, available for £11.95 ($14.99) at the Wizarding World online store. The Halloween pin goes on sale to the general public at 11am ET tomorrow, October 7th.

Celebrate Halloween all year long with this Halloween-in-the-Great-Hall pin. This seasonal pin features an image inspired by the annual Halloween celebration in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, with floating pumpkins, candles, the Hogwarts crest, and an enchanting night sky. The pin is finely detailed and hand-enamelled, making it the perfect gift for all Harry Potter fans. It comes with a Harry Potter-inspired backer card with a scannable Enchanted Key that unlocks hidden surprises and Wizarding World secrets.

Filed Under: Official Harry Potter Fan Club
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