Closed, Canceled, or Postponed: Wizarding World Events and Places You’ll Have to Wait to See
It’s been a crazy couple of months, there’s no denying. But once the world settles down, there are lots of things to look forward to, like going to see your favorite Harry Potter and the Cursed Child production, for example. Or perhaps you’ll want to go back to Universal Studios for a chance to grab some butterbeer. Here is our master list of all officially postponed or canceled events.
In an announcement from the International Quidditch Association (IQA), this year’s World Cup will be postponed. The event was originally scheduled for July 18–19, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia. New dates have been set for July 31–August 1, 2021, and it will still be held in Richmond, VA. For further information, visit the IQA website.
European quidditch divisions have also put plans on hold. Division 1 and Division 2 of the European Quidditch Cup (EQC) have begun to announce new dates for their games. Division 1 has yet to officially release new dates at this time, but Division 2 has rescheduled games for September 12–13, 2020, in Brescia, Italy.
US Quidditch (USQ) suspended all official play, which includes US Quidditch Cup 13. The games were originally scheduled for April 18–19, 2020, in Charleston, West Virginia. While memberships and registration are now available for purchase for the 2020–2021 season, there will not be new dates for US Quidditch Cup 13.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Productions
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child productions have been suspended in the following cities:
- Cursed Child London suspended until Sunday, May 31, 2020
- Cursed Child Melbourne suspended until Sunday, May 31, 2020
- Cursed Child New York suspended until Sunday, June 7, 2020
- Cursed Child San Francisco suspended until Sunday, July 5, 2020
- Cursed Child Hamburg suspended until Sunday, October 4, 2020
- Cursed Child Toronto suspended until 2021
The Hamburg production was postponed before its official opening day of March 15, 2020. Toronto was originally scheduled to premiere this fall. Please refer to the Cursed Child production website for more information about dates and ticketing.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter made an announcement on its website about closing the Studio Tour effective March 16, 2020. Refunds are being issued to guests who purchased tickets for visits through May 31, 2020. Despite there being no official announcement about when the Studio Tour will reopen, the website stated it is accepting online ticket purchases for visits after June 30, 2020. More updates will be made available as needed. Check the Studio Tour’s COVID-19 page for more information.
In two Twitter announcements, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort have both temporarily closed. Universal Studios Hollywood said its doors will be closed through at least May 31, 2020. Universal Orlando Resort recently extended its closure through May 31, 2020. The park hotels and the Universal CityWalk areas are now also included in the shutdown for both parks. Visitors can expect extensions for their tickets but should check the official websites for more information.
Universal Studios Japan posted about its own closure as well. As of April 9, 2020, the park will be closed through at least the middle of May. At that time, the park will make further determinations about whether or not to continue the closure. Ticket information and dates can be found on the official website.
San Diego Comic-Con posted to its website that the 2020 convention has been canceled. The next Comic-Con for fans of fantasy and fiction is July 22–25, 2021, at the San Diego Convention Center in Southern California. Refunds have been made available for guests who bought tickets for this year’s event, but they will also have the option to transfer their badges to Comic-Con 2021. The deadline for refund requests is July 1, 2020.
New York Comic Con has not made any announcements regarding postponement or cancelations at this time. The event is still scheduled for October 8–11, 2020, at the Javits Center in New York. However, the New York Comic Con website states that new announcements are coming soon, so it’s best to keep a close eye on this one.
Movies and TV
After starting principal photography earlier in March 2020, Fantastic Beasts 3 has halted production. There is no word as to when production will start again, but fans are keeping their hopes up. The release date for the film is still officially scheduled for November 12, 2021.
Strike: Lethal White is the next chapter in the Cormoran Strike series from BBC One. The TV series is based on the crime novels from Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym. Production for Strike: Lethal White went underway back in September 2019. As of yet, no air date for the newest portion of the show has been announced. Rumor is that the date is set for sometime in mid to late 2020, but only time will tell if the show’s official air date has been postponed. Keep an eye on this one as well.
Try to remember that nothing is forever. The world will find normalcy again, and if we all do our part in the effort against COVID-19, all these events and places will open again.