UPDATED: Wizarding World Wand Installation Launches UK Tour to Promote “Secrets of Dumbledore”
After three years of waiting, we learned last month that the Wizarding World wand installation that we fell in love with back in 2018 will finally be making its triumphant return. To celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the installation launched its four-city tour across England on March 2 in Queen Victoria Square in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire.
The opening celebrations began with a wand-training class led by Paul Harris, the wand choreographer responsible for the wizarding duels featured in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, for children from St. Michael’s Youth Project and St Cuthberts Scout Group. It must have been a real treat to learn how to properly wield your wand. And as the sun started to set, it was nine-year-old super fan Brandon who got the opportunity to switch on the lights with Lord Mayor Councillor Lynn Petrini and Paul Harris.
Originally debuting in 2018 to promote the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the installation consists of nine 15-foot-tall wands that illuminate at the tips every evening, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. While the wands make a beautiful photo opportunity on their own for any Potter fan to snap up some great shots for social media, there will be more to see and experience. The installation itself is illuminated, but a light show set to the music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies will play every half hour. A light show using the tips of nine giant wands set to Potter music? What more could you ask for in an evening?
After debuting in London almost four years ago, it was announced that the installation will go on tour to celebrate the release of the third of Fantastic Beasts movie, and fans got to vote on which cities they’d like to see it visit. Since Kingston upon Hull received the most votes, it was chosen as the location for the kickoff, where the wands will remain until March 8, when the wands will travel to their next destination to be put up for display for seven days. You can check out the rest of the tour below:
- March 11–17 – Birmingham, the Bullring
- March 21–27 – Stoke-on-Trent, Smithfield
- March 30–April 5 – Reading, the Oracle Shopping Centre
In case you were wondering, the wands on display belong to Newt Scamander, Tina Goldstein, Queenie Goldstein, Gellert Grindelwald, Voldemort, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Harry Potter, with the last one being the Elder Wand.
Which stop will you be attending? Which wand are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments. If you make it out to see the installation, be sure to tag us in any photos on Instagram.
UPDATE (March 12):
The wand installation is now at the Bullring in Birmingham, its second tour stop, where it will stay until March 17. On the evening of March 11, choreographer Paul Harris gave wand training to young fans from Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. The installation was then opened by two of the local fans, Thea Bogue, age 9, and Lillie Parfitt, age 3, with Thea switching on the lights.
Thea’s mom said, “We are so excited to be here today; Thea had no idea she would be chosen to be up here. It’s her birthday today, so this is definitely the best birthday present ever. I’m just so pleased I could see Thea and Lillie’s little faces; it’s just so lovely. They are both big fans of the Wizarding World and love the movies!”
UPDATE (April 3):
After a week-long stint in Smithfield, Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, England, the Wizarding World wand installation made its way to its last stop at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading, Berkshire. On March 30, hundreds of Potter fans gathered to witness the installation’s final launch, where nine-year-old Faith Choules got the chance to ignite the wands with Deputy Mayor Ayo Sokale.
In an incredibly sweet move by her father, Julian, Faith was brought to the launch as a surprise. Julian elaborated on Faith’s love of the Wizarding World:
Faith has been the biggest fan since she started watching the films – she is obsessed with them. She’s seen the first Fantastic Beasts film, and we can’t wait to see the new one. She didn’t actually know I was bringing her here tonight, so this has been the best surprise.
In an evening full of surprises, the congregation of Wizarding World fans was treated to a breathtaking surprise pyrotechnic display to commemorate the last launch of the tour.
Like the previous launches, fans got the opportunity to win prizes, and wand choreographer Paul Harris led a wand-training class for the local youngsters.
The installation will remain in Reading until April 5. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will hit theaters on April 8 in the United Kingdom and April 15 in the United States.