Wizarding World Wands Installation Opens to the Public
We previously reported that nine giant wands would soon illuminate London. The installation is placed outside of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and is meant to raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos.
The display includes nine 15-foot-tall wands, each modeled after a wand in the wizarding world. The wands will be lit every night at 6:45 p.m. from October 18 to November 12.
The installation was opened today with a celebration, during which the Grenadier Guards performed music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films and the wands lit up for the first time.
Head prop maker Pierre Bohanna, who created the wands used in the films and was interviewed by MuggleNet in the video below, spoke at the event.
It’s amazing to see something you’ve worked on for two decades celebrated in such an awe-inspiring way. Each of these wands was born in the extraordinary imagination of J.K. Rowling, and bringing them to life has been a labour of love for Stuart Craig, myself, and all the filmmakers, artists, and actors who’ve had a hand in their creation for the films. To now see them realized in truly larger-than-life fashion for fans to enjoy is truly gratifying.
The following events will take place at the installation.
- Wednesday, October 24: Bring your wands and watch wand demonstrator Paul Harris reveal how to cast spells.
- Wednesday, October 31 (Halloween): Come and listen to a talk on the wands, with a particular focus on the Dark Arts.
- Wednesday, November 7: Watch a military marching band perform music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.
MuggleNet was there at the opening ceremony to talk with some of the big names behind the wands in the wizarding world and see the spectacle. Check out the video below!