Thursday, September 20, 2018

Spellbinding Wand Installation Will Light Up London for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The countdown has officially begun for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to apparate into theaters on November 16th, 2018. In anticipation for the adventurous sequel starring Newt Scamander and his magical creatures crossing paths with Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald,  wands from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films will illuminate the walkaway between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The installation is an effort to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalization of children around the world.

How big is the installation? When will the event take place? Let's look to the press release for more official details:
Standing fifteen feet tall, the wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – are the centrepiece of the new installation, Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos. It is set to light up Peter’s Hill every night at 6:45pm from 18th October to 12th November.

Created in association with Lumos as part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, the installation also kicks off a series of exciting activities for fans every “Wizarding Wednesday,” including wand training and a live performance of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films by a military marching band.

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire & Spain, and President, Harry Potter Global Franchise Development said: “We are thrilled to partner with Lumos on this landmark installation, which is sure to delight fans and the tens of thousands of commuters and tourists passing through Peter’s Hill each day.

“London has played a huge role in the on-screen legacy of the Wizarding World, from King’s Cross Station to Millennium Bridge, not to mention the nearby Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden – which has housed countless iconic sets across all ten films and nearly two decades – providing a major boost to the UK film industry.
As part of its efforts to raise awareness for Lumos, the installation is also apart of London’s City Arts Initiative, which considers proposals on artistic and cultural merit to improve and enliven the City's streetscape.

Throughout the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts' series, wands are a source of empowerment and hope for witches and wizards to cast their spells and charms. Earlier this year, the logo for the J.K. Rowling's wizarding world changed to incorporate wands and mark a new era in the phenomenon. As well, the actors of Fantastic Beasts celebrated a release of the teaser trailer with #WandsReady movement across social media. No doubt the extraordinary installation will be spellbinding for witches, wizards, and No-Majs to experience in person this October and November.

Further information will be available at https://www.fantasticbeasts.co.uk/wandsready. Check out this magical video below with Fantastic Beasts's stars Jude Law and Eddie Redmayne.

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