Wands Ready: Nine Giant Wands Soon to Illuminate London

Leading up to the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Warner Bros. Pictures is sponsoring a brilliant new art exhibit to be installed outside of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in order to help raise awareness for Lumos. The charity organization, started by J.K. Rowling, is dedicated to ending the institutionalization of children around the world and returning those with families to their homes.

The centerpiece of the display, titled Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands Supporting Lumos, will consist of nine 15-foot-tall wand sculptures modeled after those of popular Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts characters. The wands will illuminate the walkway on Peter’s Hill between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral every night at 6:45 p.m. from October 18 to November 12. The image below shows a computer rendering of the proposed exhibit.

 

 

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire & Spain and President, Harry Potter Global Franchise Development, discussed the partnership with Lumos and the reason for the London location of the art installment.

We are thrilled to partner with Lumos on this landmark installation, which is sure to delight fans and the tens of thousands of commuters and tourists passing through Peter’s Hill each day.

London has played a huge role in the on-screen legacy of the [w]izarding [w]orld, from King’s Cross [s]tation to Millennium Bridge, not to mention the nearby Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden – which has housed countless iconic sets across all ten films and nearly two decades – providing a major boost to the UK film industry.

Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands [S]upporting Lumos is emblematic of this unique relationship, celebrating the magic of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts here in London while raising awareness for the vital work being done by Lumos on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

As well as raising awareness for Lumos, the installation is part of London’s City Arts Initiative, which aims to expand public art. It will also help kick off a series of Wizarding Wednesday events leading up to the release of Crimes of Grindelwald. Each Wednesday, a new exciting fan event will take place, including wand training and a live performance of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film scores by a military marching band.

Check out the video below or visit http://www.fantasticbeasts.co.uk/wandsready/ for more information.

 

 

Press Release
BREATHTAKING WAND INSTALLATION SET TO LIGHT UP LONDON IN CELEBRATION OF THE ALL-NEW WIZARDING WORLD ADVENTURE FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

September 20, 2018 – Next month, as excitement builds for the 16 November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new [w]izarding [w]orld adventure, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, an installation of nine giant wands will illuminate the walkway between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalization of children around the world.

Standing fifteen feet tall, the wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – are the centrepiece of the new installation, Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands [S]upporting Lumos. It is set to light up Peter’s Hill every night at 6:45 p.m. from 18th October to 12th November.

Created in association with Lumos as part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, the installation also kicks off a series of exciting activities for fans every “Wizarding Wednesday,” including wand training and a live performance of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films by a military marching band.

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire & Spain and President, Harry Potter Global Franchise Development, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Lumos on this landmark installation, which is sure to delight fans and the tens of thousands of commuters and tourists passing through Peter’s Hill each day.

“London has played a huge role in the on-screen legacy of the [w]izarding [w]orld, from King’s Cross [s]tation to Millennium Bridge, not to mention the nearby Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden – which has housed countless iconic sets across all ten films and nearly two decades – providing a major boost to the UK film industry.

Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands [S]upporting Lumos is emblematic of this unique relationship, celebrating the magic of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts here in London while raising awareness for the vital work being done by Lumos on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

Further information will be available at www.fantasticbeasts.co.uk/wandsready.

About Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, [and] Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat, and Danny Cohen served as executive producers. The film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released in cinemas on 16th November.

About Lumos

At Lumos, we are fighting for a world without orphanages and institutions. A world where families can stay together and children have the loving care and protection they need. Lumos is a force for change. We demonstrate the dramatic harm to healthy childhood development caused by institutionalization and the overwhelming benefits of the alternative: community and family care. We tackle the root causes of family separation – poverty, trafficking, and discrimination – and reunite families.

We speak up on behalf of the eight million children trapped in orphanages and other institutions worldwide to transform care, so every child can thrive in families and communities. 80% of these hidden children are not orphans and we prove that, with the right support, they can stay with their families. Named after the light-giving spell in Harry Potter, Lumos was founded by J.K. Rowling in 2005. To find out more, please visit www.wearelumos.org

About the City Arts Initiative

The City Arts Initiative is an advisory group made up of City of London Corporation Members, officers and other professionals whose role it is to consider new public art proposals for the City. The City Arts Initiative considers proposals on artistic and cultural merit as part of the Corporation’s commitment to improving and enlivening the City’s streetscape.

About the City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful [sic] UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk