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A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 - Universal Orlando

Published on January 8, 2018 by SarahE

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018

If you're looking to shout Expelliarmus from the rooftops and master your wand combat skills, then you'll love the hugely popular A Celebration of Harry Potter. It's an absolute must for any self-respecting Potterhead.

The event runs January 26th through January 28th 2018 and is included in regular theme park tickets. You'll need a park-to-park ticket to cover it all.

This three-day annual wizzardly extravaganza gives Potteraddicts a unique up close and personal Q&A opportunity with stars from the movies. There will be an expo with a variety of Potter exhibits, panels and demonstrations, interactive experiences, wand demos and a chance to learn what made the movies unique.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle

The newly accounced nigh-time show is sure to be a jaw dropper. Celebrate your house color as stunning projections dance across Hogwarts Castle. The show will debut over A Harry Potter Celebration weekend, shown on Saturday and Sunday, January 27th & 28th to all Universal visitors. A preview on Friday is available to those staying on-site who have booked the Harry Potter Celebration vacation package.

The show will then run select nights from January 31st.

Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter™ Film Talent Q&A Session

Fans can interact with actors from the movies:

  • Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks)
  • Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum)
  • Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
  • Oliver Phelps (George Weasley)
  • James Phelps (Fred Weasley)

Learn Wand Combat Skills

Paul Harris, the world's only Wand Combat Choreographer, will help you hone your skills. You'll soon be able to ward off those pesky Dementors with the flick of a wand.

Dance Like a Beauxbatons & Battle Like a Durmstrang

A Universal Orlando choreographer and Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students will demonstrate movements and techniques behind the mesmerizing dance routines.

Harry Potter - The Exhibition

This 9 year and 16 city tour stops at Universal Orlando to give you an up close and personal look at the artistry and craftsmanship that creates the iconic props and costumes  throughout the movies. You can also enter a draw for a chance to win a trip for two to the next host city for Harry Potter™: The Exhibition. The city will be announced at the welcome event.

Sorting Hat Experience

During Harry Potter - The Exhibition, you'll be able to discover if you are a Gryffindor, a Slytherin, a Hufflepuff or a Ravenclaw.

Harry Potter™ Graphic Design

Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima share insights into set design along with question and answer and exhibits of their work.

Special Effects

John Richardson is the set design supervisor who has worked on all 8 of the Harry Potter movies. This Oscar and BAFTA award-winner shares stories and insights as to how many memorable scenes come to life.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

The Studio Tour returns once again to A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 where you can see firsthand some of the effects behind the magic of the iconic film series.

The Magic of Costumes

Jany Temime is an award-winning costume designer who has worked on the last 6 movies in the Harry Potter series. Learn how costumes can make lasting impressions.

Harry Potter Knowledge Challenge

Think you know it all? Test your knowledge in this audience-participation game answering film-specific questions

Chalk Art Walk

Talented Chalk Walk artists create images from the movies. You can even unleash your inner artist and have your creation showcased in the fan chalk art gallery.

If you want a complete breakdown and a timeline of events, Orlando Informer have a terrific guide that will show you exactly what's on and when.
Check it out: Orlando Informer Guide

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Our Florida journey began over 2 decades ago when we were searching for somewhere warm for winters. We discovered Florida was the perfect choice. We started spending every winter there and absolutely loved it. Orlando quickly became our permanent ‘winter home’. We were true Snowbirds! We decided to make our commitment a little more concrete in 2005 and bought our first vacation home – Serendipity at Indian Creek. We soon discovered we LOVED being in the hospitality world, so we decided to expand a little. We purchased Sleepy Hollow in 2010. Five years later we came across Serenity Lake House in 2015 and just had to have it to complete our portfolio. We now spend half the year on Disney’s doorstep in Orlando,. The rest of the time we're either in our second home in Scotland overlooking a beautiful Scottish Loch, or enjoying time with family in Cyprus. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it? Ours is served with Pixie Dust on top :)
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