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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
Daniel Radcliffe Talks Music with Guest DJ Project
Posted by Megs

Daniel Radcliffe stopped by LA public radio station KCRW to talk about the songs that have inspired him as part of the Guest DJ Project. In the chat, which you can listen to here, Daniel shares five songs that inspire him, from punk to Perfume Genius as well as how he got into certain types of music.

All of my musical influences came from three people until I was about 14. It was my dad who introduced me to Bowie and T-Rex, my dresser on Potter, Will, who introduced me to punk and then actually my driver on Potter, who drove me for the ten years as well on most films, was a guy called Peter was a guy who introduced me to the 60’s, basically.

So, until I was 14, I was just kind of listening to all of that, and I hadn’t ever really discovered new music that was from my generation. I remember thinking, ‘who is the British band I can really get behind’ and suddenly I heard Up the Bracket, which is The Libertines’ first album.

He even mentions which musician he would love to play in a film:

EJL: You’ve had the opportunity to play a real writer, Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Is there a rock star you can envision yourself playing?

DR: Ummm, I’ve often said Iggy Pop. Just cause we’ve got a similar, gnarly sort of slightly strange skinny bodies. Where you’re like “you’re skinny, but are you healthy” (in funny voice). But I don’t know, other than that. What really short white rock stars were there?

His Tracklist:

1. Lou Reed – “Walk On the Wild Side”
2. The Sex Pistols – “EMI”
3. The Libertines – “Time For Heroes”
4. Pixies – “Broken Face”
5. Perfume Genius – “Hood”

Thanks to KCRW for mailing with the news!

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe
Video: Daniel Radcliffe Answers 73 Questions with VOGUE
Posted by Megs

Vogue magazine frequently does a fun feature, 73 Questions, with models, movie stars, etc. and Daniel Radcliffe is the latest participant! “Daniel Radcliffe plays ping–pong with us and answers 73 questions on everything from his desire to star in Guys and Dolls to what he would bring on a one-way trip to Mars. What’s something he knows about Harry Potter that no one else does? Watch and find out.”

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Win Tickets to London Screening of ‘What If’ on August 18th
Posted by Megs

This morning the official social channels of Daniel Radcliffe’s new film What If have announced a giveaway where fans in London can win tickets to a screening attended by Dan himself! See entry details on their Instagram (WhatIf_Chantry), Facebook (WhatIfFilmUK) and/or Twitter (WhatIfFilm). Winners will be selected on August 15th!

We were able to see the film last month at a New York screening and it is amazing! Can’t wait to see it again. Stay tuned for some more What If news later today!

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Universal Orlando Celebrates One Million Riders on the Hogwarts Express
Posted by Megs

The Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter have only been officially open for a month but they have already celebrated an amazing milestone! Universal emailed this afternoon to let us know that the Hogwarts Express just had it’s millionth rider! They celebrated this major milestone with nearly two hundred park guest and a photo, which you can see below!

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Cheers from guests filled the air at Hogsmeade Station today as Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express – the iconic train that transported Harry Potter and his friends between Hogsmeade Station and King’s Cross Station in J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. To celebrate this magical milestone, nearly two hundred guests were given complimentary Butterbeer ice-cream.

In early July, guests began boarding the Hogwarts Express to travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida. The incredible journey, which requires a park-to-park ticket, combines powerful storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on the journey of a lifetime.

© 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park
Bloomsbury Releases Jonny Duddle’s Back Covers
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury has released the new back cover images from Jonny Duddle’s new interpretation of the books on their Facebook thismorning! View all seven images in our gallery.

MuggleNet, who exclusively released the photos earlier in the morning, also posted an exclusive interview with the artist that you can read here! One thing to note is that Jonny had not previously read the books before learning he could potentially illustrate the covers. He, along with a few other illustrators, submitted a cover for Philosopher’s Stone and Jonny was selected.  He also made sure to not watch the movies before finishing the covers so as to not be influenced by actors or landscapes.

 

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