Cast Q&A at A Celebration of Harry Potter Weekend 2015

Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps and Michael Gambon were on hand a A Celebration of Harry Potter to participate in the Q&A panels as well as autograph sessions. I wasn't able to sequeeze into one of the autograph sessions but seeing them in person at one of the panels was so exciting!

Theme parks guest gathered at the music plaza in front of Rip, Ride, Rock it Rollercoaster. The panel was led by fans in the audience who asked the cast members questions.

Unfortunately, because the panel was set up in front of an outdoor rollercoaster, listening to the panel was difficult to hear sometimes. Some of the questions asked were truly unique and offered great insight into the making of the series and how the actors viewed their own characters.

A big revelation - for fans who didn't know already - Michael Gambon confessed to having not read the books during filming the movies, and was even given permission by J.K. Rowling to not have to read the books to play Dumbledore.

On the subject of if James Phelps discovered how his character Fred Weasley died, he shared a story of being on a train in Japan while reading Deathly Hallows. He took great lengths to not find out how the series was going to end by not checking his cellphone or email. As he was reaching the end of the book, a conductor was walking through the passenger rows checking everyone's tickets when he found out his character's death. Phelps explained it was a surreal moment to be doing something so ordinary as getting his ticket checked on the train while finding out a part of him died (his character).

One of my favorite questions was Which form would your Patronus take? Evanna Lynch said a koala, Oliver suggested a wombat, Michael Gambon wanted a lion, and James Phelps wanted "Man Bear Pig" (for those who are familiar with South Park, it's a character from Trey and Matt's cartoon series on Comedy Central).

It was so much fun to watch the actors and listen to their experiences on the set of Harry Potter. Some of the photos I took are included below and videos will be posted soon. Hope you enjoy!

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A Celebration of Harry Potter At Universal Orlando

At A Harry Potter Celebration, Universal Orlando held an exciting event of panels, discussions, and demonstrations. Over the weekend of January 31st to February 1st 2015, Harry Potter fans from all walks of life gathered at the Florida theme park to take part in their appreciation of the series as well as celebrate the recent opening of the Diagon Alley expansion. I had the privilege to be there first hand, and as my first time attending the event, it was more than I ever expected or anticipated.

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10 Inspiring Harry Potter Quotes for a Magical New Year

January 1st is just around the corner, and surely we are all seeking inspiration to carry with us to achieve ambitious goals or try new things in the next twelve months. As witches and wizards in training, what better place than to look at our favorite characters from Harry Potter for ideas. From Dumbledore to Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, I hope you enjoy these ten inspiring Harry Potter quotes for a magical new year.

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Favorite Harry Potter Christmas Artwork

artwork by ravenclawradiance

The Harry Potter series is magical all on its own, and it comes even more merry during the Christmas season. From a dressed-up Hogwarts, some of our favorite characters gathering together and a Grinch-like Voldemort, the internet is alive with so much festive artwork. Celebrate the holidays with this beautiful collection and some of my favorite Harry Potter Christmas artwork. Enjoy!

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Ravenclaw Tower Inspiration

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, readers get a glimpse of the Ravenclaw Tower when Harry is summoned there as part of his journey in defeating Voldemort. Known as the Hogwarts house of is wisdom and knowledge, students are renown for their eccentric outlooks of observing and studying the world. With its emblem of an eagle flying high on a blue and bronze crest, decorate your own home or study with inspiration from the Ravenclaw Tower.

Decorate your office or bedroom walls with beautiful artwork showing off your house pride.

Just As Sane As I Am Poster by MeganLaraArt
Ravenclaw Minimalist poster by AbbieImagine

Sit back and relax to read a book and enhance your Ravenclaw wit.

Ravenclaw logo pillow

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JK Rowling Sharing New Information for Pottermore Christmas Event

Christmas is just around the corner, dear Potter fans, and Pottermore is inviting us to join in on an exciting twelve day event. Starting Friday, December 12, Pottermore will be releasing a new surprise every day at 1pm GMT (8am EST). J.K. Rowling will be sharing new information. Head over Pottermore's Facebook page to join in on the event to receive daily treats and alerts. Below are some details we can expect to seen this holiday season!

A Wonderland of New Writing by J.K. Rowling
From Florean Fortescue’s ghost plot to J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on the sneaky Slytherin Draco Malfoy, there’s a wealth of writing to discover.

Christmas Conundrums
Answer our daily rhyming riddles to access brand new Moments from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Gifts at Gringotts
Keep an eye on your Gringotts account for a gift of golden Galleons. You may need them in the Apothecary soon.

Presents in Potions Class
Discover brand new concoctions to brew in Potions Class this winter, and become a Practical Potion-Maker.

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Customize Your Internet Library with MyWebRoom

I have a lot of bookmarks but I'm not very good at keeping them organized. Which is why I was very happy to accept the invitation to review MyWebRoom; a customizable interface that allows you to organize your e-library.

Ever wish your bookmarks could transform from a flat design to a decorative and interactive archive? Well, after easily signing up to MyWebRoom, choose a decorative wallpaper of a wide selection. Live in the city and wish to be somewhere more quiet, transport your bookmarks into a reserve in a scared forest, or a hut by the beach. Love to travel? There are plenty of cities to choose from to like Morocco, Milan, and New York City. For tv show fanatics, and book lovers like us Harry Potter fans, you can choose from The Hunger Games, Nightmare Before Christmas, and like mine above - Harry Potter.

Placed alongside the room are items where you can store your social networks. Click a television to go to Netflix or Hulu, click on the bookshelf for literature, click on the wardrobe for fashion - and so on. Sort out your bookmarks with various furniture and objects; click and see what websites are there. Not only does MyWebRoom make it wildly accessible to organize your own favorite sites but their lists offer so many more that I didn't know existed.

Perhaps the one crime against my computer I commit on a regular basis, it's probably that I open to many tabs at once. Offering thousands of free apps to all of my favorite websites is practically eliminated with the multi-tasking I can do from my room too.

If you're looking for an easy to use interface that is smooth, organized, and fun, look to MyWebRoom. Have fun decorating your own virtual pad for your all your bookmarks and apps. Share your room with friends and stay connected to your favorite social networks. Live it up online!

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Harry Potter Cast set for A Celebration of Harry Potter Event at Universal Orlando Resort

Three-Day Event to Feature Film Talent Q&A Sessions, a Wand Combat Masterclass, the Sorting Hat Experience and More
Orlando, Fla. (November 6, 2014) – Harry Potter film talent Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Evanna Lynch are slated to appear at the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” – a special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The event allows fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films.  Creative talent also set to appear includes Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Kazu Kibuishi, illustrator of Scholastic’s re-imagined Harry Potter book covers, and Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films.
“A Celebration of Harry Potter” will take place from January 30 – February 1, 2015 at Universal Orlando. Fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including Q&A and autograph sessions with Harry Potter film talent, special discussions and demonstrations with creative talent, and access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo – where fans can enjoy the Sorting Hat experience, pose for a photo in a recreation of the iconic Great Hall set and celebrate their Hogwarts house pride in an interactive Pottermore exhibit. 

Guests can also experience Harry Potter’s world for themselves by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Vacation Package guests and those 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 King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station.

Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass, with admission to certain activities being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the discussions and demonstrations.
Event details are below:

Discussions and Q&A sessions will be available featuring Harry Potter film talent and crew, with special demonstrations and discussions for kids. Admission into discussions and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times 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. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.    
  • Duelling Demonstration & Wand Combat Masterclass with Paul Harris
Pick up your wand and take part in a live duelling masterclass, hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, featuring the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Paul Harris. Paul choreographed the epic battle scenes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and will be on hand to teach you the technique behind wielding a wand.
  • Creating The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Alan Gilmore, Art Director for the Harry Potter films, will explain how he and his team brought the world of Harry Potter to life from the fiction to the films, and eventually in the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. In addition, hear firsthand from Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team how live shows in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley were created, as well as some of the hidden “secrets” and innovative interactive elements contained within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 
  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima
Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as Graphic Prop Designers for more than a decade on the Harry Potter movies.  They will discuss and show some of the iconic props they created for the Harry Potter films, including the Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet and The Quibbler, amongst others.  Still immersed in all things Harry Potter, they will also talk about their recent involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
  • Illustration of Harry Potter with Kazu Kibuishi
Award-winning illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, who reimagined the Harry Potter book covers for Scholastic, will be drawing some of your favorite Harry Potter characters live on-stage in this interactive panel for all ages.
This year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will also include kids’ discussions and interactive experiences such as a special duelling demonstration and wand combat masterclass with Paul Harris, an interactive ‘Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang’ experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia.

“A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” EXPO The Expo will be held inside a Universal Orlando soundstage and will be open to guests throughout the weekend.  The expo will include the following booths and exhibits that will give guests deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter:
  • Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Sorting Hat Experience
Do you think you are a Gryffindor, or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff? Perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year the Sorting Hat sorts new Hogwarts students into the appropriate house, and you’ll have the opportunity to get sorted in a Hogwarts-inspired setting…sponsored by Harry Potter™: The Exhibition.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
The production home of the Harry Potter film series, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London gives visitors the chance to step on to the actual sets used during filming. ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ visitors will get a chance to pose for a photo in a recreation of the iconic Great Hall.
  • MinaLima
Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima created countless pieces of unforgettable artwork, some of which will be on display including iconic pieces such as the Marauder’s Map, Daily Prophet and Hogwarts school books.  Exclusive to the Celebration, they will be launching their brand new range of Harry Potter stationery, featuring original film graphic artwork. Limited edition prints based on the original prop designs will also be displayed.
 Pottermore from J.K. Rowling
Show your Hogwarts house colors and celebrate your pride with Pottermore from J.K. Rowling. For the millions of fans who have participated in the exclusive Sorting Hat quiz devised by J.K. Rowling herself, here's an amazing chance to take part in Pottermore's Proudest House Contest.  Also, relive the excitement of a year in and get an exclusive chance to have your say on what is to come.
  • Scholastic
Celebrate Harry Potter and share your message about what Harry Potter means to you. Meet award-winning illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, who re-imagined the Harry Potter book covers and will be signing posters on Saturday, January 30, and enter for a chance to win a box set of all seven Harry Potter books.
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment
Do you have what it takes to defend yourself against a Dementor or soar above Hogwarts castle on Buckbeak?  Step into some of your favorite scenes with this magical photo experience while surrounded by authentic movie props from the Harry Potter films.

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