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Wizarding World Launches “Deck The Great Hall” Virtual Experience
Posted by Megs

Wizarding World has launched a new interactive experience today – Deck The Great Hall to help everyone around the world into the festive spirit. Though we can’t actually spend Christmas at Hogwarts this is the next best thing! Head to the Great Hall to send Christmas messages by floating candle and decorate the Hogwarts Christmas tree in your House colors.

The festive season has finally arrived – which means it is time to embrace the joy of Christmas in the Wizarding World. To celebrate, Wizarding World is introducing Deck The Great Hall – an interactive digital experience providing fans with a fun new way to connect with one another.

Deck The Great Hall is an interactive digital experience inviting fans from all over the world to sprinkle some joy and decorate the iconic hall at Hogwarts, but this is decorating with a difference… the magic comes to life through special messages.

Fans will be able to send their greetings to friends, family, and the wider community via magical floating candles. Each candle features its own message and once sent; it will soar up to the Great Hall’s ceiling to cast a warm glow across the room. The light from the candles will intensify as more messages are sent.

Every candle is numbered, so participants can seek out specific messages or simply browse through other fans’ well-wishes. In addition to lighting candles, fans can celebrate their house-pride by selecting coloured baubles to adorn twinkling house-themed Christmas trees.

Recording artist, life-long Harry Potter fan and proud Gryffindor, Liam Payne, opened the experience today by sending the very first message. He commented: “I’ve always loved Harry Potter and we always make sure we find time to watch each of the films every Christmas. Every time I see those floating candles filling the Great Hall, it makes me wish I could do that in my house so I was really excited to hear that I could send one virtually. 

I think one of the most important parts of Christmas is sending love to the people you care most about and Deck The Great Hall is such an ace way to do this. I hope lots of fans join in and I can’t wait to read everyone’s messages!”

Eager to inspire others to join him, Liam is challenging his fans to solve Harry Potter themed clues and work out which number candle features his message to them. He has also surprised TikTok sensation and fellow fan Abby Roberts by sending her a personalised candle message, encouraging her to join in.

Surprise messages from celebrity fans will be added throughout the month, so be sure to check back and read the latest additions, you might just find a note from a familiar face or two…

Wizards, witches and muggles who are excited to submit their own festive messages, and see what the wider community have contributed can Deck The Great Hall by visiting greathall.wizardingworld.com – the virtual Great Hall doors are now open!

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
Tom Felton Hosting Holiday Home Party on Veeps; Ticket Giveaway
Posted by Megs

After the success of his first Home Party, Tom Felton is hosting a Holiday Home Party on Veeps on Boxing Day, December 26th at 12PM PST. Don’t worry if you can’t attend that day, a rewatch will be available through January 2nd.

To celebrate the holiday season, we’re giving away some tickets for the event! To enter use the widget below. There are 4 ways to enter and you can do them all for extra entries.

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After the incredible response from my first home party, Willow and I decided we had to do another for the holiday season.

It’s been a testing year for everyone so come and celebrate the end of it with A fun filled evening with Myself and Willow the Dog. Music, Special guests & frivolous fun!

This is only our second time doing this, which the likes of had never been attempted before. There’s no way, even with all the current restrictions around the world, that we are not gonna have one smashing stonka of a holiday party.

Come join myself (and Willow of course) along with a few familiar faces to celebrate the holidays and the start of a new year right.

Stay at Home and come to my Fab-Tastic Holiday Party.
See you there lovelies.

Tom xx

Filed Under: Other Potter Related, Tom Felton
First Look: Snow on Diagon Alley at Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Posted by Megs

As we shared back in October, Hogwarts in the Snow is returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London this year! After a brief closure due to COVID-19 it has reopened the doors to the Great Hall, welcoming visitors back with the annual festive feature Hogwarts in the Snow. They are continuing to implement safety measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all.

Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Thursday 3rd December – Sunday 17th January 2021. Tickets must be pre-booked, and all extra features are included in the ticket price.

See more preview photos in the gallery!

New for 2020, the cobbled stones and magical shop fronts of Diagon Alley will be given a festive makeover, draped in layers of filmmaking snow. During filming, many different types of ‘snow’ were used, each selected for its ability to crunch under foot, float like falling flakes or glisten in the light like ice, but never melt. The same techniques will be used by filmmakers to cover the magical shopping street this year. Though Diagon Alley was not seen in the snow, the same set was used for parts of Hogsmeade during the wintery scenes that see Harry make use of his invisibility cloak to join the school trip without permission.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Merchoid Announces 2020 Film & TV Christmas Sweaters including Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Dreaming of a white Christmas at Hogwarts or looking for the perfect sweater to match your dinosaur Christmas tree? Merchoid has got you covered with their 2020 range of Christmas sweaters inspired (and officially licensed!) by the big and small screen!

Merchoid have sent over one of their new Hogwarts house themed sweaters to keep us cozy this holiday season! They have slightly updated their house designs and have two options per house. All the names are super punny and cute! We chose the “Ten Gifts To Gryffindor Knitted Christmas Sweater” and just love all the little details! The top features cute owls holding letters blanketed by snow. Gryffindor Lions and the Sorting Hat finish off the design at the bottom.

As was the case last year, the sweater is so soft compared with other “ugly Christmas sweaters.” Many other companies sacrifice comfort for intricate design and that is not the case here. Megan is wearing a size small and generally wears a small or medium, so err on the side of sizing down if you’re between sizes.

If house pride isn’t your thing, pick up a Weasley letter sweater or the “I’d Rather Stay at Hogwarts Christmas Sweater” we featured last year! There are also plenty of geeky options for non-Potter fans. Choose from Marvel or Disney, DC or gaming!

NOTE: If you are outside the UK shipping will be a bit slow, they estimate 10-15 days so be sure to order quickly if you want to wear them this year!

The Merchoid elves have been hard at work to ensure that you’ll look your festive best this holiday season, by bringing the franchises you love to life via the realm of cosy knitwear! Let us be there for you with our Friends inspired designs, or maybe you prefer saving the world alongside your fellow superheroes? We’ve got a sweater for that too! So whether you’re looking for Disney dreams in a galaxy far, far away, or designs to remind everyone who the King or Queen of the North is on Earth C-137, we’ve got the right sweater for you for the upcoming festivities.

2019 Harry Potter Christmas Sweaters
Filed Under: Products, Review
LEGO Art announces New Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests
Posted by Megs

Today LEGO Art has announced a beautiful new product that will be released in January 2021 – Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests! The set includes all four house crests or you can combine them to make the Hogwarts Crest. They will be available starting January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO Stores and other retailers globally priced from $119.99/€119.99.

Are you ready to celebrate your favorite Hogwarts house? The new LEGO® Art Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Crests sets give Harry Potter™ enthusiasts and older LEGO fans alike the chance to proudly display their allegiance to the Hogwarts house of their choice with new 2D tile mosaic wall art sets.

Harry Potter fans can build one of four different Hogwarts house crests – Gryffindor™, Slytherin™, Hufflepuff™ or Ravenclaw™ — with this 4,249-piece set. Four sets can be combined to make the ultimate Hogwarts crest. 

LEGO® Art offers adults a creative experience to help them relax and recharge as they transform a blank canvas (or in this case, small interlinking base plates) using LEGO tiles. The new LEGO® Art Harry Potter Crests set can be reimagined in a number of different ways to display a different crest if loyalties change.  

An immersive soundtrack can also give fans a behind the scenes peek into the Wizarding World as experts talk more about Hogwarts and the different houses, helping them to switch off and explore their love of Harry Potter as they build. The soundtrack includes stories of those close to the Wizarding World™ including:

– Miraphora Mina, Graphic Designer for the Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts films

– Eduardo Lima, Graphic Designer for the Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts films

– Alan Gilmore, Creative Director for the Harry Potter films

– Pierre Bohanna, Head Prop Maker for the Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts films

– Kitt Kossmann, LEGO Designer

A Harry Potter™ logo tile adds the final touch to the impressive 15.5” (40cm) square tile mosaic before it is proudly hung on the wall.

The new LEGO Art Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests set is designer for builders aged 18 and over, and will be available from 1st January 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO Stores and other retailers globally priced from $119.99/€119.99.

Filed Under: LEGO Harry Potter
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats” at Universal CityWalk California
Posted by Megs

Universal Studios Hollywood may not be open at the moment due to covid restrictions but as of today fans will be able to enjoy some Wizarding World magic at CityWalk! Visitors will be able to purchase cold, frozen and hot butterbeer as well as butterbeer ice cream and more!

Universal CityWalk Introduces “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats,” Offering Guests and Fans a Chance to Enjoy Magical and Delicious Confections and Snacks Just in Time for the Holiday Season, Beginning Friday, November 20

Universal City, California, November 20, 2020 – Here’s the scoop: Beginning Friday, November 20, Butterbeer favorites and more will be served at Universal CityWalk’s newest seasonal walk-up location, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™—Sweets & Treats,” offering fans a chance to enjoy the beloved beverage and ice-cream from Universal Studios Hollywood’s immersive land.

Traditional cold, frozen and hot Butterbeer along with delectable Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice-cream and Chocolate Frog confections will delight the palates of fans who have long craved these popular temptations from the theme park’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” 

The Butterbeer beverages will be available for purchase in a cup or souvenir stein.  Gilly Water and classic cinnamon Churros will also be on the menu. 

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats” will be open on weekends from Friday through Sunday during CityWalk’s operating hours, noon to 8:00 p.m.  Free self-parking is available to all guests during this initial re-opening phase. 

Inspired by the compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.  Now, for the first time and during this Holiday season, some of the iconic beverages and desserts featured in the land will be served for a limited time at this new and special Universal CityWalk location.

Universal CityWalk continues to work closely with local health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing.  Health and safety protocols are outlined below, highlighted in this video and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.

  • Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If temperatures exceed 100.4° Fahrenheit / 38° Celsius or greater, Guests will not be permitted to enter.
  • Face coverings required for all Guests throughout their visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.
  • Controlled occupancy at all CityWalk venues to help enforce physical distancing. Some areas and programs may remain temporarily closed.
  • Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all food locations and all high touch points areas. 
  • Physical distancing practices at all locations throughout CityWalk.
  • Cashless payments and “no touch” policies wherever possible.
Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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