Universal Orlando is hosting the event of a lifetime for Harry Potter fans. From January 24 – 26, 2014, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment will celebrate all of Harry Potter’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films. Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass.
If I lived in Florida or had more notice, I would go in a heartbeat. My family bonded over Harry Potter, both the books and movies and we also love the Universal Orlando Theme Park. The Harry Potter Celebration is so much more than just rides. It celebrates Harry Potter in so many ways.
The Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando includes:
- Harry Potter Tribute – The celebration will kick off on Friday night with a special tribute featuring cast members from the Harry Potter films.
- My Life on the Harry Potter Film Set: Talent Q&A’s
- Duelling Demonstration & Wand Combat Masterclass with Paul Harris – spellbinding masterclass with the world’s only Wand Combat Choreographer, Paul Harris.
- Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima – In addition to discussing the visual style of the film, they will present some of the iconic props they created for the films, including the Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet and The Quibbler.
- Bringing the Harry Potter Films to the Theme Park – Set and Prop Design of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- Go Behind the Scenes of Pottermore.com from J.K. Rowling – Pottermore’s Creative Director gives an exclusive insight into the creation of Moment artwork for Pottermore.com. Plus, get ready for an exclusive reveal as he shares his favorite upcoming new entry from J.K. Rowling.
- Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Costumes and Sorting Hat.
- Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – Interactive duelling presentation.
- MinaLima – Limited edition artworks and reproductions based on original prop designs.
- Pottermore from J.K. Rowling – Go behind the scenes of Pottermore.com from J.K. Rowling and experience Pottermore.com for yourself – defeat your opponent in a wizard’s duel or try your hand at brewing magical draughts and potions.
- Scholastic – Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
- United States Postal Service – Check out the limited-edition Harry Potter collection of 20 new Forever stamps.
Who will be Attending the Harry Potter Celebration?
Special guests Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood™), James Phelps (Fred Weasley) and Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) will be attending A Celebration of Harry Potter™ to make it even more magical. And as you can see from above, many of the people who worked on the Harry Potter films will be in attendance.
If you haven’t been to Universal Orlando Resort with your family, I highly recommend it, especially as your kids reach the tween and teen years. And if you have tweens or teens and they have not read the Harry Potter series yet, I even more highly recommend you buy the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone immediately. And the entire family should read it. It was my family’s best book bonding experience.