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Celebration of Harry Potter Schedule Released
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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
Alan Gilmore Gives Behind the Scenes Look at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood
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In a new video posted by Pottermore, Harry Potter art director Alan Gilmore gives fans a behind the scenes look at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, 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 Studios Hollywood Offering Limited Time Holiday Feast
Posted by Megs

Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a special holiday feast available at The Three Broomsticks to help you get in the spirit of the season! Celebrate the holiday season at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™! Come now to complement your cup of hot Butterbeer™ with the new Holiday Feast at Three Broomsticks™! Sample treats like a gourmet Butternut Squash soup and a new dessert called Eton Mess all this month.

  • Holiday Feast – The first course will be a Butternut squash soup with crème fraiche. The main course will be a combination of Beef Wellington served with a tarragon aioli sauce & oven roast turkey served with gravy, sage stuffing, roast sweet potato, dried cherries with winter vegetables.
  • Specialty Chicken Sandwich- Honey Ale marinated baked chicken breast with melted cheddar cheese, Applewood bacon, roasted roma tomatoes, lettuce, and béarnaise sauce on a toasted brioche bun.
  • Eton Mess (Dessert)– A traditional English Dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue, and whipped heavy cream.

Holiday Feast at The Three Broomsticks

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Hot Butterbeer at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood
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Hot Butterbeer has officially arrived at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood! Hot Butterbeer will be offered seasonally at Three Broomsticks. This treat has been a huge hit at Universal Orlando Resort so fans in California are sure to enjoy! The full press release may be read below:

Delightful, delicious and hot. Three wonderful words that describe hot Butterbeer™, the newest addition that will be offered seasonally at Three Broomsticks™ at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood™.

Like its traditional and frozen counterparts, hot Butterbeer is reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread that’s been perfectly fine-tuned as a Hogsmeade treat.

Three Broomsticks, an aged rustic tavern, caters to guests with an array of authentic British breakfast, lunchtime and dinner fare while they are seated at custom-made wooden tables, chairs and benches in a warm and inviting atmosphere inspired by the Harry Potter books and films.

The eclectic menu offers such tasty staples as Bangers & Mash (savory grilled English sausages with creamy mashed potatoes and minted peas), Shepherd’s Pie (ground beef and vegetables, crowned with a crust of mashed potatoes), Beef Sunday Roast (prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and gravy), Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew, and Fish & Chips. In addition to Butterbeer Potted Cream, Sticky Toffee Pudding rounds out the hearty British fare.

Scrumptious traditional English breakfast items invite guests to start their day at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” including the Eggy Bread breakfast (freshly baked baguette dipped in a cinnamon egg batter and lightly sautéed, sprinkled with powder sugar and served with bacon, strawberries and real maple syrup.), as well as traditional English breakfast (fresh scrambled eggs, sausage links, bacon, baked beans, baked tomato, and potatoes) and traditional American breakfast (fresh scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon and link sausage with butter croissant).

Gathering inspiration from historic British taverns, the adjoining Hog’s Head pub features original draught beers and spirits created exclusively for the land, including Hog’s Head Brew, Dragon’s Scale, Wizard’s Brew and Fire Whiskey. Also available are Pumpkin Fizz and Gilly Water and the three Butterbeer choices: traditional, frozen and hot.

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Video: See What Awaits You Inside Three Broomsticks at Universal Studios Hollywood
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Universal Studio Hollywood has released an all-new “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” video showcasing Three Broomsticks™, the rustic tavern where visitors of Hogsmeade™ come to dine on hearty fare. Find out what makes Three Broomsticks™ a can’t-miss experience for the whole family and why it was named Theme Park Insider’s 2016 Best Quick-Service Restaurant. Universal Studios Hollywood had it’s Grand Opening back in April of this year.

Tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood can be purchased via EZ Rez™, the newly introduced, industry-leading online ticketing platform.

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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