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A Celebration of Harry Potter Returning to Universal Orlando
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando Resort revealed that they will be holding another “Celebration of Harry Potter” in 2015.  Packages will go on sale August 21st and are very limited, so make you will want to book as soon as possible. Harry Potter talent will be in attendance again this year, but no one has been announced. This past year included Evanna Lynch, Mark Williams, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Devon Murray and Matthew Lewis as well as some of the creative team.

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced today that they will host the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event – a special event for fans celebrating the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter.

Beginning January 30, 2015, fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences – including the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and more. Special vacation packages, including annual passholder packages, will go on sale August 21 and will include exclusive benefits such as access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Full vacation package details are below.

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:
Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and other special guests (talent attendees will be announced at a later date)
Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits of the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo
Enjoy special discussions regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter franchise
Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket.
And much more!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley officially opened in Universal Studios Florida on July 8, 2014 bringing even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life at Universal Orlando Resort. The new land features incredible shops with windows full of magical surprises, authentic dining experiences, a fire-breathing dragon and the new multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Guests with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between London and Hogsmeade. The new immersive area expands upon The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, launched in 2010 in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and doubles the size of the sweeping area already dedicated to Harry Potter’s adventures to create a spectacularly themed environment across both Universal theme parks.

While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and annual passholders, only guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package or annual passholder package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved seating for select events. Packages are limited and will go on sale at noon EST on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

To book special annual passholder event vacation packages, please call 1-888-343-8991 starting August 21, 2014 at noon EST.

Access to select events within “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included in regular admission to Universal Orlando or with an annual pass. For more information about the event, tickets and vacation packages, visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Harry Potter Theme Park
Video: Official Recap of A Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

The official Harry Potter Facebook page has released their video recap of A Celebration of Harry Potter. Watch below and enjoy! If you attended, what was your favorite part of the weekend?

Make sure to check out our full coverage on YouTube!

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Devon Murray, Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter Theme Park, James and Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Matthew Lewis
Video: Harry Potter Expo at A Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Here we have the last of our video footage from A Celebration of Harry Potter.  Below are a few clips from the Harry Potter Expo that was held at the weekends festivities.  There were booths for Pottermore, WB Studio Tour London, USPS Stamps (featuring the Harry Potter stamp collection, of course), Harry Potter: The Expedition, MinaLima and Scholastic (where Kazu Kibuishi was signing his new illustrations.)

Make sure to check out all our Celebration of Harry Potter coverage!

Filed Under: Books, Celebration of Harry Potter, Harry Potter Leavesden Tour, Harry Potter Theme Park, Pottermore
Video: Set and Prop Design of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Another panel at A Celebration of Harry Potter was Set and Prop Design of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  In this panel Art Director Alan Gilmore and sculptors Bryn Court and Eric Baker discussed creating/recreating the props for the theme park.  Most of the pieces are exact copies of the props used in the film while a few props (like the Defense Against The Dark Arts Blackboard) are directly from the set.  James & Oliver Phelps made a special appearance to show off a couple of the Weasley’s shop props.  A quick piece of their panel may be watched below.

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Harry Potter Theme Park, James and Oliver Phelps
Video: Graphic Design of the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima
Posted by Megs

Graphic Artists Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina, who own the company MinaLima, had a panel at A Celebration of Harry Potter and today we have the footage from that session. The two designers discussed how they went about designing all the props for the Harry Potter films and even shared some pieces that didn’t make the final cut or weren’t fully shown in the films. They also teased that some of their designs will be found in the new Diagon Alley expansion.

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Harry Potter Theme Park, Movies
Video: Cast Q&A at Celebration of Harry Potter #3
Posted by Megs

Today we have the final Cast Question & Answer session from A Celebration of Harry Potter, held in Universal Studios last weekend. Once again Devon Murray, Evanna Lynch, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Matthew Lewis answered questions from the hundreds of fans in attendance. An almost full video of the event (some questions were not recorded due to battery life of the camera) may be viewed below.

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Devon Murray, Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter Theme Park, James and Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis
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