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.

 

Artist's renditions of the Wizarding World wand installation in four tour cities

 

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.

Press Release

WIZARDING WORLD WAND INSTALLATION TO TOUR UK

LOCATION AND DATE DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SPRING 2022 TOUR, AS VOTED BY THE PUBLIC

  • A dazzling installation of Wizarding World [w]ands will tour four UK locations in celebration of the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, in cinemas on 8th April 2022
  • Installation consists of nine 15ft-tall [sic] wands representing nine beloved characters from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films
  • From 2nd March to 8th April the wands will tour Hull, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Reading, being displayed in each location for seven magical days

9TH FEBRUARY 2022 – The stunning Wizarding World [w]and installation is set to visit four locations in the UK this [s]pring to celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore in cinemas on 8th April 2022.

The four chosen locations - Hull, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Reading - were voted for by the public and will each host the exciting installation for seven days.

Hull, which received the most public votes, will launch the tour, followed by Birmingham [and] Stoke-on-Trent and ending in Reading. The full dates and locations are:

  • Hull, Queen Victoria Square - 2nd - 8th March
  • Birmingham, the Bullring - 11th - 17th March
  • Stoke-on-Trent, Smithfield - 21st - 27th March
  • Reading, [t]he Oracle Shopping Centre - 30th March - 5th April

Standing 15 feet tall and set within concrete bases, the nine wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the favourite characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – will illuminate each evening, performing a light show to the thrilling music from the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films.

Polly Cochrane, Country Manager 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.”

 

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Catherine Lai

I have been a fan of Harry since 2000, a fan of MuggleNet since 2005, and a MuggleNet team member since 2013. I believe in the power of stories to bring people together, and nothing does that quite like Harry Potter. I’m an annoyingly proud Canadian and live in Toronto.