WANDS READY! WIZARDING WORLD WANDS SUPPORTING LUMOS WILL LIGHT UP THE UK AND IRELAND
NATIONAL POLL OPENS TODAY FOR FANS TO DECIDE FUTURE LOCATIONS
FEBRUARY 27, 2019 – The nine magnificent Wizarding World wands that illuminated the City of London last autumn in support of ‘Lumos’ will spread the magic around the UK and Ireland, as Warner Bros. UK today announced that they will go on tour.
To celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on March 18th, a poll opens today to decide the next towns or cities to host the breathtaking wands display. The winning locations will host the installation in the lead[-]up to the release of the third Fantastic Beasts film.
The initial ‘Wands Ready’ voting process will give the UK and Ireland the chance to narrow the selection down to eight finalists, which will be announced on 18th March.
Standing fifteen feet tall and set within concrete bases, the nine wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – illuminate each night, performing a light show to music from the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films. They were created in support of ‘Lumos’, whose mission is to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.
Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire & Spain, and President, Harry Potter Global Franchise Development said: “We were overwhelmed by the response to the Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos installation in London last year and want to bring the magic to fans across the country. We are excited to find out where they’ll be unveiled next.”
To vote for your town or city and for further information visit: www.fantasticbeasts.co.uk/wandsready
About Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on 18th March. The film will be available to own on digital download from 9th March.
The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray include an extended cut of the film with more than seven minutes of deleted scenes added, available as a bonus disc Also featured is an audio introduction by director David Yates and over an hour of fantastic special features. A two-film box set featuring both Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD 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, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film was 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
About [t]he Wizarding World
More than two decades ago, a young Harry Potter was whisked onto Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station, and readers everywhere were swept along with him into a magical universe, created by J.K. Rowling. In the years since, the seven Harry Potter bestsellers have inspired eight blockbuster movies, an award-winning stage play, and, more recently, the start of the Fantastic Beasts five-film series. People of all ages have been enthralled by these extraordinary adventures, set within an expanding universe, inspired by the vision of J.K. Rowling.
For today’s growing worldwide fan community, and for generations to come, the Wizarding World welcomes everyone to explore more of this magical universe — past, present and future. The Wizarding World also provides fans with an instant, trusted kite-mark of quality and authenticity.
Children belong in families, not orphanages. Lumos has a bold mission: to have children worldwide out of institutions and in loving family care by 2050.
Lumos demonstrates the dramatic harm to children caused by institutionalisation and the proven benefits of the alternatives: community and family care. Lumos tackles the root causes of family separation – poverty, trafficking and discrimination – and reunites families.
Lumos speaks up on behalf of the eight million children trapped in orphanages and other institutions worldwide to transform their care, so every child can thrive in families and communities. 80% of these hidden children are not orphans and could stay with their families, with the right support.
Named after the light-giving spell in Harry Potter, Lumos was founded in 2005. Find out more www.wearelumos.org