Wednesday, December 26, 2018

10 of the Biggest Harry Potter Events From 2018

Harry Potter Events From 2018
Another year of magic has come and gone. As we continue to celebrate the Harry Potter series and experience J.K. Rowling's universe reach new heights, 2018 was full of exciting events for both the original series and its spin-offs. From the Cursed Child expanding its reach to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald revealing controversial revelations, let's rewind our time turner and take a look at some of the exciting Harry Potter events that rocked our world. What were your favorite Harry Potter moments from 2018? Feel free to share in the comments below!

This post contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Swept the Tonys

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Swept the Tonys

The eighth novel had only started conjuring magic at the Lyric Theater on Broadway for a few months before casting its spell on the Tonys. At the prominent award show for theater in NYC, which recognizes the best theater has to offer at the Big Apple, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took home six statuettes: Best Play, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, and Best Sound Design.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Added More Cities

To further prove its influence and expand opportunities for fans to experience the play's magic for themselves, the next leg of Harry Potter and his family's adventures is no longer just performing on the West End in London and in New York City. The play added three more cities: San Francisco, California, Melbourne, Australia, and Hamburg, Germany to its list of locations where the play will be staged.

Hogwarts: Mystery App Casts Its Spell

Hogwarts: Mystery App Casts Its Spell

The Harry Potter universe expanded to mobile apps with the release of Hogwarts: Mystery, a new game where fans can attend Hogwarts, interact with professors and fellow students, and try to solve a mystery at their favorite boarding school of magic. 

Chamber of Secrets Hit Its 20th Anniversary

Chamber of Secrets Hit Its 20th Anniversary

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone first hit shelves in the U.K. in 1997, and subsequently, on its twentieth anniversary in 2017, the original series officially began an annual tradition of 'opening at the close' around the world. Its follow-up Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was initially published in 1998 for U.K. fans, thus inviting another celebration with new covers, library events, and fanmade parties.

Sorcerer's Stone Hits 20th Anniversary

Sorcerer's Stone Hits 20th Anniversary 

While Bloomsbury had already begun recognizing its accomplishment of opening a whole new wizarding world to readers since 1997, fans in the United States could finally celebrate the pivotal milestone for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. September 2018 marked the twentieth year that Scholastic published J.K. Rowling's story, and to mark the occasion, Scholastic unveiled its new editions of book covers illustrated by Brian Selznick, among holding special events around the country.

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2019 Cancelled

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2019 Cancelled

Since 2014 A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort became a home for fans to show off their love of the series and learn about new exciting releases about the franchise. As fans waited for news about 2019's event, Universal Orlando revealed that the festivities' foreseeable future had been cancelled. While there hasn't been a definite confirmation the event won't return in the future, kicking off the new year without the annual event was a disappointing revelation for many.

A History of Magic Exhibition Stopped At NYC

A History of Magic Exhibition Stopped At NYC

In collaboration with Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling, The British Library relocated its A Journey Through A History of Magic exhibition from the London to New York City. The Harry Potter gallery showcased rare fantastical artefects from the museum and original items from Rowling's archives. From October 2018 to January 27th, 2019, fans could get a close look at the history that inspired our favorite series.

J.K. Rowling Revealed Nagini and Credence's True Identities

When the first teaser to Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released in early 2018, very few fans knew what was in store for the highly anticipated sequel. Fast forward several months to the final trailer, and one epic moment changed everything: the mysterious character called Maledictus turned out to be Nagini. The origin of Voldemort's snake companion turned out to be a young woman born with a blood curse that will force her to transform into a snake forever. Though Rowling claimed it was a moment she'd been waiting twenty years to reveal to fans, the Harry Potter community found the change to a major character surprising and controversial.

However, the shocking revelation about Nagini could not prepare fans for the following bigger twist from the second film: Credence Barebone is a long-lost sibling to Albus Dumbledore. Though Nagini's character seems to be a permanent fixture of the series, there's still heavy speculation over if Credence's identity is just a trick of Grindelwald's master plan in his rise to power. Both unexpected developments made an indelible mark on the Harry Potter series forever as well as the next chapter for Fantastic Beasts.

Wand Installation Lights Up St. Paul's Cathedral

Wand Installation Lights Up St. Paul's Cathedral

Following the transformation of the logo for J.K. Rowling's wizarding world, a wand installation was on display outside of St. Paul's Cathedral. Every night the wands illuminated the walkaway between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The collaboration with London’s City Arts Initiative was an effort to enliven the city's landscape as well as raise awareness for the author's Lumos organization which gives aid to displaced and orphaned children around the world.

 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Hit Theaters

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Hit Theaters

To say Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hit theaters is an understatement. Since 2016, fans have been waiting anxiously for all of their questions from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them to be answered. The second movie proved to be a whirlwind before it was even released in theaters. Following the cast gathering together on a tour of world premieres and advanced screenings where fans were encouraged to #ProtectTheSecrets, the Harry Potter universe was in for a cauldron of surprises, changes, and exciting possibilities. The second installment of the five-film franchise left fans not only wanting more but excited, anxious, and debating about what the series's future has in store.

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