Thursday, August 20, 2020

Back to Hogwarts 2020 Brings The Magic Home with a Virtual Celebration


Did you buy all your school supplies at Diagon Alley? Is your bags packed and animal companion ready for travel? September 1st, the day we return to Hogwarts, is just around the corner. And this year's celebration is bringing the magic home to fans around the world.

WizardingWorld.com - the ultimate digital hub for all things Harry Potter - is commencing a three-day virtual event. 

Starting Saturday, August 29th to Monday August 31st, WizardingWorld will host a series of #BackToHogwarts events available both online and television. The event has been designed to be free and atmospheric to keep fans safe and enjoy the magic from the comfort of their home.

Check out the full line-up of events here!

Harry Potter Kings Cross Station
Starting August 29th, fans can check out the Back to Hogwarts Hub on WizardingWorld.com, where they can join the Harry Potter Fan Club, get Sorted and ready themselves to celebrate with an incredible selection of content, including:

• Hearing from some of the creative masterminds responsible for bringing the magic to life, (including genius wand choreographer Paul Harris, who will be demonstrating and teaching the art of Wand Combat)

• Transporting themselves from the muggle-world into the magical one by listening to the Journeys to Hogwarts Soundscape - a Harry Potter immersive audio experience featuring all the sounds you’d hear on that iconic journey. Simply close your eyes and let your imagination roam!

• A CineConcerts performance featuring orchestras from around the world playing memorable musical selections from each of the eight Harry Potter films at home

• A sneak peek of the brand-new House of MinaLima on opening day, featuring Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, plus exclusive Back to Hogwarts 2020 celebration artwork, which was created especially for the occasion and is also available as a limited-edition art print!*

• Going back to where the magic began with the celebrity readings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (accessible exclusively for registered members of the Harry Potter Fan Club)

• Plus, a host of Hogwarts themed inspiring craft ideas and creative tutorials for all ages- from baking your own Shepherd’s Pie, Leaky Cauldron style; building your own Hogwarts castle with papercraft or testing your knowledge in the Hogwarts quiz.   

Tune into USA and SYFY networks to catch all eight movies over the weekend in a Back to Hogwarts movie marathon. 

On September 1st, more people than ever will be able to join the very first virtual, Back to Hogwarts Livestream and experience the excitement of a fan celebration at Kings Cross, (including the countdown) without leaving the house! The livestream will feature a mass of surprises and fun, including appearances from special guests, including James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy).

Additionally, fans can get even closer to the magic by submitting a snap of themselves to join the ‘Back to Hogwarts - Class of 2020’. Their photos will be added to a digital mosaic, which will grow throughout the day to bring the community to life. This is a chance for fans across the globe to show off their best cosplay, call out their House Pride or simply celebrate their fandom! Harry Potter Fan Club members will also receive a memento of the day too, as the mosaic will be available to them exclusively as a digital download to keep.**

Fan submitted imagery will also be displayed inside Kings Cross station, giving participants a virtual presence there throughout the day! It will be available to view throughout the morning via the livestream and on social.

The digital event will kick off at 5:30 a.m. EST on September 1st, and fans can tune in live or following the event by visiting www.wizardingworld.com, where the livestream will be hosted.

There is always something spell-tacular to discover. Don't forget to sign up to Wizarding World to receive additional information for more access to Harry Potter related events and news.

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