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Jason Isaacs Added to Cast Lineup for 2017 Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Universal has revealed the third and final Harry Potter cast member attending the 2017 Celebration of Harry Potter. Jason Isaacs will be joining Matthew Lewis and Warwick Davis during various events throughout the weekend. The annual celebration features magical experiences for every Muggle, No-Maj, wizard and witch alike including:

  • Q&A sessions with an array of film talent, featuring A Celebration of Harry Potter newcomers Jason Isaacs and Warwick Davis along with returning talent Matthew Lewis.
  • A new Harry Potter trivia challenge and a Fan Art Walk where you can let your creativity flow onto a chalk art gallery.
  • An expanded Harry Potter Expo that has more than doubled in size, making room for more interactive displays and immersive exhibits created especially for this event. Expo participants will include:
    • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
    • Harry Potter: The Exhibition
    • Pottermore
    • Audible
    • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
    • Google Daydream VR Experience – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    • MinaLima
    • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Scholastic
  • New panels and demonstrations giving you an inside look at how the magic behind J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World is brought to life. CLICK HERE for the full schedule of events.

Get your tickets now and join us at the fourth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort! If you can’t make it we’ll be reporting from the event all weekend!

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Universal Studios Orlando, Warwick Davis
Celebration of Harry Potter Schedule Released
Posted by Megs

Celebration of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando Resort has released the schedule for the upcoming Celebration of Harry Potter. The 4th annual Celebration begins next Friday, January 27th and some packages are still available. Currently the only actors set to attend are Matthew Lewis and Warwick Davis. Alan Gilmore, MinaLima, Mary GrandPre, Nick Dudman and Paul Harris will also be in attendance to talk about their experiences with Potter.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017

  • Harry Potter™ Expo – 9am – 5pm | Soundstage 33 and 21
  • Movie in the Park – 10am – 12:30pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • Movie in the Park – 1:30pm – 4pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • Opening Night Event – 7:15pm – 8:15pm | Music Plaza Stage

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017

  • Harry Potter™ Expo – 9am – 3:30pm | Soundstage 33 and 21
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang – 10am – 10:30am | Music Plaza Stage
  • WB Studio Tour London – Discover the secrets behind Creature Effects with Nick Dudman & Warwick Davis – 10am – 10:30am | Toon Lagoon™ Amphitheater
  • Harry Potter™ Trivia – 11am -11:30am | Music Plaza Stage
  • Learn Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris (Kids) – 11:30am – 12pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • MinaLima: Graphic Design for the Harry Potter™ Films with MinaLima – 11:30am – 12pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • Harry Potter™ Trivia – 1:30pm – 2pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • Learn Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris (All Levels) – 2pm – 2:30pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • Stories From The Exhibition: Taking the Audio-Tour Experience to the World – 3pm – 3:30pm | Toon Lagoon™ Amphitheater
  • Harry Potter™ Film Talent Q&A – 4pm – 4:45pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • An Interview with Mary GrandPré – 4:15pm – 4:45pm | Toon Lagoon™ Amphitheater
  • House Rally Meet-Up (Costume Contest) – 5:30pm – 6pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • Evening Tribute – 6:45pm – 7:45pm | Music Plaza Stage

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017

  • Harry Potter™ Expo – 9am – 5pm | Soundstage 33 and 21
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang – 10am – 10:30am | Music Plaza Stage
  • MinaLima: Graphic Design for the Harry Potter™ Films with MinaLima – 10am – 10:30am | Toon Lagoon™ Amphitheater
  • Harry Potter™ Trivia – 11am -11:30am | Music Plaza Stage
  • Learn Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris (Kids) – 11:30am – 12pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • Learn Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris (All Levels) – 2pm – 2:30pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • Stories From The Exhibition: Taking the Audio-Tour Experience to the World – 2:30pm – 3pm | Toon Lagoon™ Amphitheater
  • Harry Potter™ Trivia – 3pm – 3:30pm | Music Plaza Stage
  • WB Studio Tour London – Discover the secrets behind Creature Effects with Nick Dudman & Warwick Davis – 4pm – 4:30pm | Toon Lagoon™ Amphitheater
  • Harry Potter™ Film Talent Q&A – 5:30pm – 6:15pm | Music Plaza Stage

HARRY POTTER EXPO:
Soundstage 21

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter™
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Pottermore

Soundstage 33

  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter™
  • MinaLima
  • Stories from Harry Potter™: The Exhibition
  • Scholastic
  • Universal Parks and Resorts™
Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Warwick Davis, Matthew Lewis & More Confirmed for 2017 Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Details for the 2017 Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort have been revealed! Warwick Davis will be attending for the first time this year and Matthew Lewis returns for his third year at the event. More actors from the films will be announced in the coming months. Packages to attend the event are still available on Universal’s website.

Today, Universal Orlando and Warner Bros. Consumer Products revealed details about the fourth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter – a special three-day event full of exciting experiences taking place January 27 to 29, 2017.

For the first time ever –Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) will attend the magical event and participate in festivities throughout the weekend, alongside fellow Harry Potter film star Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom). More talent will be announced on a later date.

Creative talent also set to appear at the event includes Nick Dudman, make-up and creature effects designer for the Harry Potter films; Pierre Bohanna, head prop-maker on all of the Harry Potter films; Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer; Mary GrandPre, famed illustrator for the Harry Potter books; and designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films and of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

This year’s A Celebration of Harry Potter will give guests the opportunity to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with a variety of exclusive experiences and attend the largest Harry Potter Expo in event history, featuring more partners and immersive exhibits than ever before. Expo participants will include: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Pottermore and Audible, MinaLima, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Scholastic, Google Daydream and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

HARRY POTTER EXPO (Universal Studios Florida theme park) The Harry Potter Expo will be open to guests throughout the weekend and include the following booths and exhibits that will give fans a deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Guests will be able to see authentic props and the incredible behind-the-scenes talent that went into creating the Harry Potter film series.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Sorting Hat Experience
Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff or perhaps a Ravenclaw? Guests will be able to be sorted into their Hogwarts house at this experience.

Inside the expo, guests will also be treated to insider knowledge about the exhibitions tour
before trying their hand at an exciting game of Quaffle Toss. Visitors will also be able to join their friends for a fun Quidditch-inspired photo opp.

MinaLima
Guests will be able meet graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima at the MinaLima expo booth as well as view various props and prints from the Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Pottermore and Audible
All weekend, Pottermore and Audible will be inviting visitors to participate in Audible Recall – the ultimate audio challenge that decides who knows the wizarding world inside-out and who has a bad case of the wrackspurts. Pottermore will also bring you the latest news and announcements directly from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Scholastic
Guests will be able to test their knowledge of the Harry Potter books at the Trivia Challenge for a chance to win a Harry Potter prize pack. Fans will also be treated to a meet & greet with Mary GrandPre, famed illustrator for the Harry Potter books.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Guests can get a glimpse into the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and see images from the award-winning West End production.

Google Daydream VR Experience – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
With Daydream View, Google’s newly launched virtual reality headset, guests can experience the magic of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in VR. Wave a wand (via a Daydream controller) to solve puzzles and meet a few of the beasts in Newt’s case.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Guests will be able to experience the Wizarding World in LEGO Dimensions and explore the worlds of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and be the first to play as Hermione Granger. Fans will also have opportunities to participate in contests and win special prize packs.

A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER PANELS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
(Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks)

Demonstrations and Q&A sessions will feature Harry Potter film and creative talent, with special panels and demonstrations for kids as well. Admission into panels and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times and locations will be released at a later date.

Behind-the-Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion
Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films including Warwick Davis, Mathew Lewis and more. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – Creating Creatures for the Harry Potter Films with Nick Dudman and Warwick Davis
Join award-winning special make-up effects artist Nick Dudman and discover how creature effects were brought to life in the Harry Potter film series. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London presents this exclusive panel with Dudman and Warwick Davis, who portrayed Professor Flitwick and Griphook on-screen. Learn about the incredible skill that went into producing iconic creatures such as Aragog, Buckbeak and the Gringotts Goblins, plus see some authentic models from the Harry Potter film series.

Learn Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris
This interactive panel will offer you the chance to pick up your wand and take part in a live dueling masterclass, hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and featuring the world’s only Wand Combat Chorographer, Paul Harris.
*Kids panel will also be offered for guests ages 12 and under

Harry Potter: The Exhibition – “Around the World”
Join us in celebrating the touring attraction that’s visited 15 cities in 10 countries and hosted over 4 million guests. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is in a unique position to reflect on the worldwide appeal of the boy wizard. Get an inside look at the exhibition creation and the excitement it continues to deliver to fans around the world. Panel will include exhibition creator and film actors.

MinaLima
Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share
insights into their role as graphic prop designers, and how their paths crossed at the WB film studios in London while working for 10 years on the Harry Potter movies, and more recently on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. They will show some of the iconic props they created from both franchises, such as The Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet, The New York Ghost, MACUSA Wand Permit, and more. Additionally, they will discuss their
involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

This year’s A Celebration of Harry Potter will also include Harry Potter film trivia and, for the first time, a Fan Art Walk where guests can draw Wizarding World-inspired chalk art.

Guests will have access to Universal Orlando’s attractions throughout the weekend, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Access to A Celebration of Harry Potter is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual or seasonal pass. Certain activities are first-come, first-served. Exclusive event vacation packages are also available for purchase and include special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.

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Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando Announces 2017 Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Celebration of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando Resort has announced dates and packages for the 2017 Celebration of Harry Potter. It will take place from January 27th – 29th, so in line with what it’s been the past few years. There are three different packages you can get for the weekend; Premium, Celebration and a special package for Annual Passholders. Full details can be found on Universal’s website. Guests for the event have not been announced.

Set against the backdrop of Universal Orlando’s amazing theme parks, you’ll explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida™. With park-to-park admission, you can even ride the Hogwarts™ Express to travel between both lands. Dine at the Leaky Couldron™ and the Three Broomsticks™, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders™, then experience Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and other thrilling attractions.

A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter™ continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.

The Celebration Vacation Package, which is the cheaper option includes:

  • 3-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket^ to Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™
  • Exclusive Evening at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ (includes access to both Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™) with desserts and one complimentary Butterbeer™ – one per person (Friday)
  • Exclusive Talent Q&A session with select film talent
  • Early Park Admission? to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme park opens to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando
  • Special Guest access to the Harry Potter™ Expo (Friday – Sunday)
  • Special Guest access to Panels and Demonstrations (first come, first served)
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ – one per person
  • Commemorative merchandise item from A Celebration of Harry Potter™ – one per package
  • Commemorative pin from A Celebration of Harry Potter™ and lanyard – one per person
  • Access to select live entertainment venues^^ at Universal CityWalk™
Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Video: Celebration of Harry Potter Highlights
Posted by Megs

Today we’re sharing our final video from the 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter. This 37 minute video contains a wide variety of clips from the weekend. From opening night fireworks to more cast Q&A sessions you’re sure to find something you missed during the weekend! It also includes the preview for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Enjoy!

Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Celebration of Harry Potter, Evanna Lynch, Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Katie Leung, Matthew Lewis, Rupert Grint, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Video: Matthew Lewis During the Props Showcase at A Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Matthew Lewis surprised all the guests at Pierre Bohanna’s Props Showcase by showing up to the panel with the Sword of Gryffindor. During the panel he talked about the sword as well as some other props and things he used while filming. Watch all the way to the end for a special surprise!

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Matthew Lewis, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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