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“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” Returns to Hollywood For a Limited Time
Posted by Megs

Universal Studios Hollywood springs into March with the return of the dazzling light projection spectacular, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” for a limited engagement.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky.

The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

WHEN:

Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4

Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, March 11

Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, March 18

Saturday, March 24 – Saturday, March 31

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
LEGO Announces New Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast Themed Sets
Posted by Megs

LEGO Systems, Inc. has announced a collection of LEGO building sets and collectibles inspired by The Wizarding World, bringing the film worlds of both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts to life in LEGO form! More information on the sets can be read in this press release:

The LEGO Wizarding World-inspired building sets call on families’ creativity and imagination to recreate the action-packed storylines from the films and feature a cast of fan-favorite wizards, Muggles and magical creatures in LEGO form – from Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger to Newt Scamander and more. Fans of all ages will also be able to collect their favorite Wizarding World characters in new LEGO BrickHeadz building sets.

During the annual Toy Fair in New York, the LEGO Group will unveil a special sneak peek of the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts™ Great Hall ($99.99) building set, which will launch August 1st. Additional building sets and figures will launch in the second half of the year, with more details to come soon.

Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for the LEGO Group said, “When it first launched in 2001, LEGO Harry Potter was a global sellout due to its broad appeal and ability to spark imaginative play, so we’re thrilled to go deeper into the Wizarding World to bring even more magic and excitement to LEGO play. The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories are perfectly suited to construction play, and our designers cannot wait for fans to see how the films are reimagined in our new collection of building sets and collectibles.”

Maryellen Zarakas, senior vice president of franchise management & marketing for WBCP said, “Together with our long-standing partners at the LEGO Group, we’re excited to bring Harry Potter back into LEGO form and expand the world with the addition of Fantastic Beasts sets. These new sets allow us to strengthen the emotional connection our fans have with the Wizarding World as they bring to life their favorite characters and memories from the films.”

The first of these sets, inspired by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is being revealed at the New York Toy Fair this weekend. LEGO have sent over a preview of the castle set. Photos May be seen below:


*click to enlarge

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Films, Products
Review: Magic Alley Harry Potter Shop
Posted by Megs

In need of a gift for any upcoming holiday? Valentine’s Day *hint hint* 

If your special someone loves Harry Potter, Magic Alley is the place for you! Magic Alley carries officially licensed Harry Potter products of all types. They offer watches, necklaces, scarves, wands, tote bags, sweets and much more at great prices! They launched in 2015 and wanted to create a space with Harry Potter pieces you can’t find just anywhere. The founders also attend various conventions to sell their products and mingle with fans.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch

Magic Alley very kindly sent over a Platform 9 3/4 watch and Golden Snitch necklace for us to review. They’re perfect everyday pieces for those who love the Harry Potter series and want everyone to know. Both pieces are also great for the fashion conscious girl (or guy!) who doesn’t want their Potter accessories to be too large and flashy.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch

As a fashion blogger as well as a huge Potterhead, this watch and necklace will definitely be making their way into my daily outfits without me having to feel embarrassed about them being “geeky.” Not to say that being geeky is a bad thing, I love to go all out with my Potter gear as well. But in my day to day life I like to keep it a bit more reserved.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch

The watch is very thin and has a burgundy faux leather strap and face showing the Platform 9 3/4 logo. The strap has a nice pebbled texture that really makes it look expensive. It’s the perfect understated piece for the fan who wants to show their Harry Potter love without screaming it.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Watch Magic Alley Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Watch

The golden snitch necklace comes on a silver plated chain with a very small (8 mm tall and 37mm wide) golden snitch charm. It is a perfect replica of the snitch used in the films. In the photos below it is shown with a rare Golden Snitch replica from promotion for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You can see how closely it resembles the real thing.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace

Even though they are in the United Kingdom, shipping to the United States only took a week. Always a plus to have quick shipping if you’re buying last minute gifts!

*I was gifted with the necklace and watch in exchange for reviewing them, but that in no way affected my review. My thoughts are my own. Thanks so much to Magic Alley for partnering with us on this post!

Filed Under: Products, Review
Audiobook for ‘Quidditch Through The Ages’ Announced
Posted by Megs

At this year’s Celebration of Harry Potter a new audiobook for Quidditch Through the Ages was announced. Andrew Lincoln has lent his voice to the new audio book version of the Hogwarts Library book, Quidditch Through the Ages. Here’s his message to fans at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018.

Filed Under: Books
Photo: Matthew Lewis Visits Universal Studios Hollywood
Posted by Megs

Fans of the Potter series are accustomed to seeing Matthew Lewis at Universal Studios Orlando in Florida for various events such as the Harry Potter Celebration or the Grand Opening of the parks. However, yesterday Matt paid a visit to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood to enjoy a frothy cold butterbeer! Universal have sent over a photo of Matt Lewis enjoying his drink in the warm weather.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ron Mateo / Universal Studios Hollywood

Filed Under: Matthew Lewis, Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Releases Schedule for 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Universal has released the full schedule for this year’s Celebration of Harry Potter at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort! Some new exhibitions have also been added to the 2018 Harry Potter Expo:

  • An all-new virtual reality experience featuring Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Step into Newt Scamander’s case to explore the spectacular world of the film in a breathtaking cinematic virtual reality experience – including face-to-face meetings with six beasts!
  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a mobile game launching under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games. Experience the magic of Hogwarts castle with a life-sized gallery wall, giveaways and hands-on gameplay. Plus, don’t miss out on the chance to hear from developers of the game during a special panel presentation later in the weekend.

Special activities that will happen throughout the weekend have also been revealed:

  • A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 Scavenger Hunt – Throughout the weekend, guests will be tasked with searching for the answers to a series of clues hidden in both magical and Muggle locations throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. A fun experience for all Harry Potter fans, families and kids alike!
  • Hogwarts Houses Rally and Costume Showcase – This is your chance to shine onstage and showcase your house colors, passion and creativity in a competition for the best themed attire. Each contestant who is selected can be individual or group costume and will be judged on the quality and craftsmanship of their costume. Come dressed to impress in your wizarding world best! Click here for more details and guidelines on the Costume Showcase.

The full schedule for the weekend is as follows, these events will be livestreamed on the Universal Orlando Facebook.

Friday, January 26

  • 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM: A Celebration of Harry Potter Opening Event
  • 9 PM – The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle Project Experience

Saturday, January 27

  • 10 AM – 10:30 AM – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: Special Effects Secrets with John Richardson (Panel)
  • 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM – Graphic Design for the Harry Potter FIlm with MinaLima (Panel)
  • 2 PM – 2:30 PM – Learn Wand Combat Skills with Choreographer Paul Harris
  • 4 PM – 4:45 PM – Q&A Panel with the Harry Potter Film Stars
  • 5:30 PM – 6 PM – Hogwarts House Rally: Costume Showcase
  • 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM – A Celebration of Harry Potter Evening Tribute

Sunday, January 28, 2018

  • 10 AM – 10:30 AM – Dance Like a Beauxbaton and Battle Like a Durmstrang
  • 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM –Harry Potter The Exhibition: Magic of Costumes
  • 2:30 PM – 3 PM – CineConcerts – Sound & Image: The magic behind the music, and the journey to construct a complete score live to picture (Panel)
  • 4:30 PM – 5 PM – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment: Explore Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Panel)
  • 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM – Q&A Panel with the Harry Potter Film Stars
Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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