Wizarding World Wand Installation Finally Touring the UK This Spring
The Wizarding World wand installation, which first appeared in fall 2018 in London to mark the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will finally hit the road to tour the United Kingdom this spring in celebration of the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. The set of nine 15-foot-tall wands will be displayed in four cities that were voted on by the public: Hull, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, and Reading.
The wands represent those of nine characters from the Wizarding World franchise and will illuminate a public square in each city, performing a nightly light show to music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. The installation will stay in each city for a full week. Here is the full schedule:
- March 2–8 – Hull, Queen Victoria Square
- March 11–17 – Birmingham, the Bullring
- March 21–27 – Stoke-on-Trent, Smithfield
- March 30–April 5 – Reading, the Oracle Shopping Centre
Below is an artist’s rendition of the planned setups in each city.
This tour was originally announced a whole three years ago, not long after the wand installation’s London debut, but no one knew then just how long it would take for the third Fantastic Beasts film to come together. Eight finalist cities were voted on, and the four winners were revealed in fall 2019, when the third film was still expected in fall 2021.
In October 2021, the installation appeared again in London, in Leicester Square, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter film.
A statement from a representative of WarnerMedia UK & Ireland says, “We are delighted that this stunning installation will be touring for the first time next month and the magic will be shared with even more fans. Following a nationwide vote, it’s exciting to know that we’re bringing the wands to the biggest Wizarding World fans across the UK as we celebrate the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore hits theaters in the UK on April 8 and in the United States on April 15.