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Universal Releases New “Epic Universe” Details Including Immersive Harry Potter World
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando Resort has released a teaser video for their highly anticipated new park, Epic Universe. In the video we get our first look at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic, one of five immersive worlds based around different themes. Epic Universe is slated to open in 2025!

“Guests will discover a different era of the wizarding world in an all-new land that blends 1920s wizarding Paris from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts films with the iconic British Ministry of Magic from the Harry Potter series”

The other worlds include “Celestial Park,” the gateway to explore the four additional worlds, Super Nintendo World, How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk and Dark Universe (featuring some of the world’s favorite monsters!) 

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
“House of MinaLima” Pop-Up Store Opens at Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort
Posted by Megs

Fans of the Harry Potter films are in for a special treat if they are in or visiting the Orlando area. A special pop-up shop featuring Studio MinaLima – the artists behind the graphic props of the Harry Potter (and Fantastic Beasts) films is now open at the Universal Studios Store in Universal CityWalk.

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima designed many iconic film props such as the Hogwarts Acceptance Letter, The Marauder’s Map, The Daily Prophet and the Black Family Tapestry. 

This limited-time experience will allow Wizarding World fans to shop a variety of authentic, MinaLima-designed magical keepsakes such as prints, journals, stationery, home décor, accessories and more. House of MinaLima shops have delighted fans around the globe with its flagship headquarters in London, UK and pop-up stores in Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, Paris and New York City before its highly-anticipated stop at Universal Orlando Resort.

Filed Under: MinaLima, Universal Orlando Resort
Death Eaters to Roam Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort
Posted by Megs

Previous guess of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort will remember that during the spooky season Death Eaters would come out at Hogsmeade in the evenings to duel with guests and ask fellow believers to join them. This year they will be lurking about in Diagon Alley.

According to the press release from Universal:

An ominous presence returns to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort this fall as Death Eaters appear for the first time ever in Diagon Alley select dates September 1 through November 4. 

A sinister energy will fill the air in Diagon Alley as guests encounter the villainous Death Eaters – devoted followers of Lord Voldemort who do not shy away from the practice of the Dark Arts. This interactive live entertainment experience puts guests face-to-face with these fanatic witches and wizards as they roam through London, lurk their way through the cobbled streets of Knockturn Alley, and challenge guests to join the Dark Lord. 

Also, while visiting Diagon Alley, guests can shop for a variety of Death Eater-themed merchandise to embrace their sinister side.

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
LEGO Store taking payment in SOCKS today only
Posted by Megs

Today, for a limited time only, the LEGO Store Leicester Square will take payment in socks for the first ever time, to celebrate a very special house-elf’s birthday. You guessed right, it’s Dobby the House Elf’s birthday. Customers can pick up a free LEGO Harry Potter Dobby™ the House-Elf, while stocks last, from 10am this morning.

Fans of Harry Potter know better than anyone that the most valuable thing to Dobby the House-Elf is … socks! So to mark Dobby’s birthday, and in celebration of the LEGO Harry Potter Dobby™ the House-Elf product, available to buy now, the LEGO Store is launching a very special offer, like no other!  

The first 100* customers to arrive at the LEGO Store Leicester Square, from 10am on Wednesday 28th June, 2023, and flash a (clean please!) sock at the front of the queue, will be able to redeem a free LEGO Harry Potter Dobby the House-Elf product from in-store.  

The LEGO Harry Potter Dobby the House-Elf product is the first ever LEGO brick model of Dobby. The instantly recognisable brick-built figure comes with iconic accessories including Tom Riddle’s diary that Harry used to set Dobby free, and Aunt Petunia’s ‘floating’ pudding cake to inspire memories of the classic scenes.  

The product is available in LEGO Stores and online at LEGO.com for £24.99/$34.99.

*This offer is valid at the flagship store in Leicester Square from Wednesday 28 June, for one day only, whilst stocks last.

Filed Under: LEGO Harry Potter, Products
Harry Potter: Magic Awakened Worldwide Launch on June 27 
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Games and NetEase, Inc. today announced Harry Potter: Magic Awakened will be released in global territories on June 27, 2023. A new trailer showcases the exciting adventures players will embark on as they experience a brand-new story ten years after the Battle of Hogwarts.

This highly anticipated, free-to-play collectible card role-playing game (RPG) will be available for iOS and Android devices. Players are invited to pre-register now to receive exclusive rewards once the title is released.

Co-developed and co-published by Warner Bros. Games and NetEase Games, Harry Potter: Magic Awakened will be the latest title to launch globally under Portkey Games, the label dedicated to creating new mobile and videogame experiences inspired by the Wizarding World that place the player at the centre of their own adventure. 

Harry Potter: Magic Awakened is a free-to-play, immersive collectible card (CCG) and massively multiplayer (MMO) wizarding dueling game featuring a blend of strategy role-play (RPG). Players will discover all the milestones of a student at Hogwarts including being sorted into a House, taking classes featuring familiar and new professors, exploring the Forbidden Forest, dancing with a friend at the Dance Club and so much more.

As players progress, they will learn spells that can be cast through the form of cards. Players will need to master these spells, devise unique strategies and form winning combinations – learning what to cast and when – as they venture through increasingly challenging trials, duel other players, and master the magic in their own illustrious wizarding journey. 

To learn more about Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, visit www.MagicAwakened.com or join the conversation on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Games
New Details Revealed for “Discovering Hogwarts” at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
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New details about the “Discovering Hogwarts” event at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London have been revealed this morning. To celebrate the Studio Tour’s 11th year we will be invited to experience Hogwarts as Harry did in his first year. From 2nd May – 4th September 2023 fans can take part in new experiences like creating an origami Sorting Ceremony chatterbox, an opportunity to practice and learn the movement behind casting the Wingardium Leviosa spell, taking a seat in a new photo opportunity of Harry’s first boat journey to Hogwarts and a live demonstration of how Hagrid’s body double was fitted with stilts and a prosthetic head.

Just like a Hogwarts student would, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will celebrate its 11th year with an invitation to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Brand new for 2023, visitors will be invited to explore Harry’s early years at Hogwarts with some of their favourite scenes brought to life at the Studio Tour for this special feature.
For the first time since filming, over 400 floating candles will adorn the enchanted ceiling of the Great Hall, giving visitors a chance to step into the set just as the cast would have seen it during Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. During filming over twenty years ago, real, lit candles were used for the scene. However, for the safety of the cast and crew, Producers decided to add them later during post-production. For this special feature, the candles (which have been adapted by the talented Special Effects Department to use a light effect instead of a live flame) have been hung with over three miles of wire.
During the feature, fans will be welcomed into one of Harry’s first experiences of magic; Professor Flitwick’s Charms class. A new set depicting the iconic scene in which a young Harry, Ron and Hermione learn to master Wingardium Leviosa will be revealed, sharing the filmmaking secrets behind the floating feathers. Created using practical effects, rather than CGI, the magic was as simple as stringing a feather onto a fishing line. A technique described by Special Effects Supervisor, John Richardson, as ‘’going back to the silent movie era.” Fans will also have the chance to practice their wand skills as they learn the movement behind casting the famous Wingardium Leviosa spell.
Among the first wizards Harry meets was beloved half-giant Hagrid. While actor Robbie Coltrane stood at 6ft, he was not quite tall enough to portray a half-giant. During many scenes, 6ft 10” England rugby player Martin Bayfield was used as a body double fitted with stilts and a prosthetic head to achieve Hagrid’s towering height. During Discovering Hogwarts, a live demonstration of this process will show visitors how the half-giant was brought to life right in front of their eyes.
Interactive experiences throughout the feature will tell the story of Harry’s first experiences in the wizarding world. Fans of all ages are invited to get hands on and create an origami ‘Sorting Ceremony’ chatterbox to take away, as well as taking a seat in a new photo opportunity depicting Harry’s first boat journey to Hogwarts.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

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