Monday, January 22, 2018

UPDATED: A Brief Guide to A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 at Universal Orlando

A Celebration of Harry Potter Universal Studios
The countdown has begun! A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is on its way. For the past four years, wizards and witches from around the world have gathered at the world-renown theme parks to celebrate the Harry Potter franchise and participate in demonstrations, panels, and exhibits. This year's event will be held for the fifth time on January 26th-28th 2018, and line-up is already taking impressive shape. The guide will be updated as more news and details are announced. Here's a look at the event so far with cast, panels, and demonstrations!

Check out the entire schedule hear HERE for more info about the event's activities!


Cast members from the film franchise participate in Q&As over the weekend, answering fans' questions about their experiences making the massive Harry Potter movies. As of December 14th, Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) has been added to the talent list. This year's current line-up includes: Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley).

A Celebration of Harry Potter cast panel


One of the many great attractions of A Celebration of Harry Potter are the panels. Experts from the film franchise share their amazing experiences of making the cinematic world of Harry Potter.

‘Graphic Design for Film: Creating the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes’ will be held by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the genius graphic designers from MinaLima, who have created the graphics behind the film franchise.

Costume Designer Jany Tamime for the last six Harry Potter films will share the magic behind the film's costumes

Special effects supervisor John Richardson on all eight movies will divulge all behind-the-scenes secrets you can discover at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

“Sound & Image: The Magic Behind the Music” will include a discussion and presentation by the talented people behind The Harry Potter Film Concert Series

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 Scavenger Hunt - fans can search for clues to answer that are hidden throughout both magical and Muggle locations throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

Hogwarts Houses Rally and Costume Showcase – Fans dressed in their wizarding best can show off their costumes and gather with fellow wizards and witches to celebrate their houses

Universal Orlando Resort Blog

Exclusive Merchandise

A Celebration of Harry Potter, in collaboration with the franchise's graphic designers MinaLima, release a variety of exclusive merchandise with a brand new design. This year's event will include a commemorative wand, t-shirts, backpacks, and a new Chocolate Frog Card of Bertie Blotts. Universal Orlando Resort Blog offers a bigger look at this year's spectacular design and products featuring the Hedwig soaring over the Hogwarts Castle.

Universal Orlando Resort blog

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

"This unforgettable weekend kicks off on Friday, Jan. 26 with an enchanting performance featuring highlights from The Harry Potter Film Concert Series performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra during the Opening Event."

After introducing a new light show for the holiday season, Universal Orlando Resort is also celebrating house pride with a spectacular new light projection across Hogwarts castle. Fans can watch a stunning new display of special effects and sounds celebrating the spectacular houses starting January 27th and 28th. If you're not attending A Celebration of Harry Potter, the show will begin again on January 31st, until future dates are announced.

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 exhibit

Harry Potter Expo

If you're not at a panel or exploring the Harry Potter theme park lands, there's always more to experience around every corner. On several different sound stages, there's demonstrations of how to make a magical entrance like the Beaubaxtons and Dumstrang students, wand battle skills, chalk sidewalk art, and knowledge channels.

Wizarding Costumes from Harry Potter: The Exhibition will display stunning costumes from the film franchise. Fans can walk the runway to pose in a one-of-a-kind keepsake photo.

The Sorting Hat Experience will sort fans into the legendary houses Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin or Gryffindor.

Pottermore quizzes fans with trivia using Audible Recall (audio versions of the Harry Potter books), and can even play against their fellow housemates with house-specific questions one each day of the event.

Scholastic celebrates 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published by inviting fans to write their favorite memories on the Muggle Wall and to step inside a life-sized recreation of the copy. Fans can even enter to win a one-of-a-kind prize.

Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter returns with an opportunity to see the incredible effects used in the film series

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child prepares its opening on Broadway with exclusive never-before-seen looks at the costumes, designs, and production stills.

Learn Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris (Kids and Adults)
Fans can learn how to duel with the world's only Wand Combat Choreographer Paull Harris. The Kids' panel will be offered for guests ages 12 and under.

Dane like a Beauxbatons and Battle like Dumstrang
From Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, fans will work with Universal Orlando's choreographer to learn the movements and techniques to the Beauxbaton and Dumstrang dance routines

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them virtual reality experience - fans will step into Newt Scamander's suitcase to explore the cinematic world and come face-to-face with six beasts

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery - fans will experience the magic of Hogwarts with a life-sized gallery wall, givesaways, and hands-on gameplay.

How Do You Attend?

A Celebration of Harry Potter takes place within Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Most panels and demonstrations are free with the price of regular admission or annual pass into the theme park. Universal Orlando is currently offering vacation packages with special perks.

Visit the Universal Orlando official website for more information, and check back here as this page will be updated with new details as they're released!

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