Earlier this month, my daughter Maddy posted a not-so-subtle request in my Facebook timeline:
We are huuuuuuge fans of Harry Potter in my house. We’ve read all the books, seen all the movies, have the Halloween costumes, tons of posters, accessories and other fandom paraphernalia, and lived a dream come true with our first visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in August at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. Heck, we’ve even thrown a birthday party for Harry on July 31! It’s no wonder that my daughter would love to attend A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in January.
From January 24 – 26, 2014 at Universal Orlando, fans will enjoy unforgettable experiences – including a Harry Potter Tribute on Friday night, a Harry Potter Expo, panel discussions with film talent and crew, and more. Additional details about “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be released early next year.
Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass. Those without an annual pass can experience the full offering with a 3-day park-to-park ticket. Admission into panel events will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
“A Celebration of Harry Potter” will kick off with a special evening event starring several cast members of the Harry Potter film series and award-winning artist Kazu Kibuishi, who recently re-imagined the Harry Potter book covers for Scholastic and beautifully captured pivotal scenes from the enchanting Harry Potter stories. Guests will enjoy film clips, Q&A sessions with cast members, and get a glimpse of new details about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, opening summer 2014.
Actors from the Harry Potter films share what it’s like to work on a major motion picture and be part of film history.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will present a spellbinding masterclass with the world’s only Wand Combat Choreographer, Paul Harris. Paul choreographed the epic battle scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and will be on hand to teach you the technique behind wielding a wand.
Graphic designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina from the studio MinaLima will discuss their ten-year involvement in establishing the visual graphic style on the film productions of Harry Potter and present some of the iconic props they created for the films, including the Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet and The Quibbler.
Harry Potter film and theme park Set Designer Alan Gilmore and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Prop Master Eric Baker will present a look at how ideas move from the books to screen, and then become real-life theme park experiences.
Pottermore’s Creative Director gives an exclusive insight into the creation of Moment artwork for Pottermore.com, and a look at the next installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Plus, get ready for an exclusive reveal as he shares his favorite upcoming new entry from J.K. Rowling.
Guests will get an up-close look at the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic costumes that have appeared throughout the Harry Potter film series. They will also have the opportunity to get sorted into Hogwarts houses during a Sorting Hat experience.
This interactive experience will feature a duelling presentation by the world’s only Wand Combat Choreographer, Paul Harris.
Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and share your message about what Harry Potter means to you. Award-winning artist KazuKibuishi, who recently reimagined the Harry Potter book covers, will be signing posters at limited times throughout the weekend.
Guests can check out the limited-edition Harry Potter collection of 20 new Forever stamps, featuring images of Harry Potter, the extraordinary boy wizard, and the adventures he encounters with the friends, heroes, villains and creatures that make up his world. Also, see collectible products featuring the stamps, meet the stamp art director, and get special cancellation postmarks commemorating this celebration.
This event looks like the place to be for Potter fans everywhere. And a great opportunity to learn more and build excitement around the Diagon Alley expansion scheduled to open in Universal Orlando’s Universal Studios park in 2014. It’s amazing to have a place where these favorite characters and stories jump off the page and in to real life!
For more information about A Celebration of Harry Potter and tickets, please visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration.