A Celebration of Harry Potter Announces Celebrity Line-up and Panels!
For the past few years, Universal’s A Celebration of Harry Potter, held at its theme park in Orlando each January, has been an amazing experience for fans. This year is sure to be no different, especially since the celebrity guests have just been announced, and for the first time ever, they’ve secured one of the big three for this event!
That’s right, in addition to Evanna Lynch, Katie Leung, Bonnie Wright, and Matt Lewis (all of whom we’re thrilled to see!), A Celebration of Harry Potter will this year feature none other than Rupert Grint! Rupert only makes convention appearances very rarely, so getting the chance to see him in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley is going to be a particularly special experience!
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – the celebration will also feature appearances from Pottermore, Scholastic, MinaLima, the London Studio Tour, and Harry Potter: The Exhibition in its annual expo.
If you can stand any more excitement, the full panel schedule for the event has also been released! Check out what’s happening below:
Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter™ Film Talent Q&A Session
Enjoy a fascinating and interactive question and answer session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter™ films. Discover what it was like to work on one of the most successful film franchises in history.
The Global Impact of Harry Potter™: The Exhibition
Join us in celebrating the touring attraction that’s visited 13 cities in 9 countries and hosted almost 4 million guests. Harry Potter™: The Exhibition is in a unique position to reflect on the global impact of the franchise. Get an exclusive look at the exhibition’s creation and the excitement it continues to deliver to fans around the world. Panel will include exhibition creators, film producers, and film actors who have participated in the openings.
Graphic Design for the Harry Potter™ Films with MinaLima
Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as graphic prop designers and how their paths crossed at the WB film studios to work for 10 years on the Harry Potter™ movies. They will discuss and show some of the iconic props they created for the Harry Potter™ films, including [t]he Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet™, and [t]he Quibbler, among others. Still immersed in all things Harry Potter™, they will also talk about their recent involvement in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™, for which they designed all the street and store graphics. During the panel they will welcome questions from the audience.
Harry Potter™ Props Showcase with Acclaimed Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna
Ever wondered how long it takes to make a wand? Or the inspiration for the hundreds of wand designs in the Harry Potter™ film series? Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter™ presents head prop maker Pierre Bohanna, who will answer these questions and many more. Remember to bring along your wand [-] there may be a masked visitor or two during the showcase.
Dance Like a Beauxbatons & Battle Like a Durmstrang
If your younger Harry Potter™ fans are entranced by the dances performed by Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students in the Harry Potter™ films, they’ll love this demonstration. A Universal Orlando choreographer, working with Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students who perform here at [t]he Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, will explain the movements and techniques behind the mesmerizing dance routines.
And last, but not least:
Harry Potter™ Film Trivia
How well do your children (or you) know the Harry Potter™ films? Test your knowledge during this fun audience-interaction game inviting younger fans to shout out the answers to film-specific questions. Perhaps a Harry Potter™ film marathon is in order before trying your luck?
It’s going to be an amazing weekend! Will we be seeing you at Orlando in January? We sure hope so!