Tuesday, March 19, 2019

James Phelps, Oliver Phelps & Warwick Davis Give Exclusive Look of Gringotts Bank Expansion

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In January 2019, Warner Bros Studios Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter announced the home of the famous film sets will be expanding its doors with Gringotts Bank. Harry Potter film series actors Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) with James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) made a special appearance in front of the press to offer a first look at the new expansion.

The actors showed a preview to the amazing intricate detail that went into the tour's latest addition. Davis and the Phelps brothers joined Gringotts' Goblins in the bank's entranceway and dived deep into the caverns of Gringotts to Lestrange's vault.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Updated: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Gets Opening Date

Hagrid Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Photo Credit: Universal Orlando Resort
A new attraction at Universal Orlando Resort has been a mystery to fans since construction walls first appeared around Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. After much speculation, the rumors about its theme, name, and grand opening have finally been confirmed!

Hold tight, Potterheads! Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will open June 13, 2019 at Islands of Adventure.

Set in the Forbidden Forest and inspired by the beloved Hogwarts's groundskeeper Hagrid, Universal Orlando briefly describes the attraction in their press release: "For the first time ever, join Hagrid as you fly far beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle on a thrilling roller coaster ride that plunges into the paths of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures."

Since early 2018, anticipation has been building about the possibility of a new Hagrid inspired attraction coming to Islands of Adventure in Orlando, FL. Details first started to come to together about the ride's queue as well as one of the first posters featuring a mischievous Cornish pixie.

Tom Felton, who portrayed Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, met up with art director Alan Gilmore in the Forbidden Forest to give us a sneak peak of the coaster. The coaster is promised to be one of the most innovative and immersive new attractions at Universal Orlando Resort.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Mobile Game First Look

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Mobile Game
Rumors have been circling around the Muggle world that Harry Potter fans will be able to join a secret alliance to conjure magic in an exciting Wizarding World experience. We finally get our first look at the amazing new release from Niantic, Inc. and WB Games San Francisco!

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a new augmented reality (AR) mobiel game that will bring aspiring witches and wizards worldwide into the heart of their own adventure inspired by J.K.Rowling's original series.

Here's a press release straight from the Ministry.
A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity, overcome the confounding chaotic magic that surrounds these “Foundables,” and return them to their rightful place, keeping them safe from Muggle eyes.

Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating and containing The Calamity.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Knight Bus at Universal Orlando Resort - Wizarding World of Harry Potter

knight bus universal orlando resort
Photo Credit: Mine
Universal Orlando Resort
Ever want to take a ride in the Knight Bus? At Universal Orlando Resort, fans can interact with its conductor and the shrunken head at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the rambunctious Knight Bus races towards Privet Drive where a thirteen-year old Harry Potter inadvertently calls for transportation. Aboard, a shrunken head, its driver Ernest Prang and conductor Stanely Shunpike shrinks and bolts around Muggle London and around magical locations.

Universal Studios Florida features the Knight Bus in the heart of Muggle London. Be sure to stop by and take a closer look at the stunning attraction here!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Premieres in Australia

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Premiere Australia
Photo Credit: Pottermore
The magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child arrives in Melbourne, Australia this weekend. Fans lined up in front of the Princess Theatre, where almost 700 lucky Potterheads won tickets to witness the witness finale dress rehearsal. The cast and writers attended a special red carpet to celebrate the show's official opening.

The eighth story picks up where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ends. The golden trio Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley alongside Ron and Hermione are sending their own children off to Hogwarts, where Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy embark on a new adventure.

Melbourne marks the third location to start its round of production, one that includes forty-two actors. The New York production won six Tonys in 2018 after opening on Broadway to rave reviews, and the original London West End show is in its third round of cast members portraying our favorite characters. San Francisco will be the next location to cast a spell on audiences with its opening set for October 2019, and Hamburg, Germany in 2020.

Tickets are now on sale for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in New York City, London, and Australia. Make sure you check out the official website for more information!