6 Brand New Experiences Coming to A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018

6 Brand New Experiences Coming to A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018

This year marks Universal Orlando Resort’s fifth year hosting the annual Celebration of Harry Potter. With cast appearances, and fun events like the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, this weekend event brings in thousands Harry Potter enthusiasts every year. But 2018 is casting extra magical events for muggles, witches, and wizards alike with 6 brand new experiences coming to A Celebration of Harry Potter!

Event goers still get to enjoy the behind-the-scenes looks at the Harry Potter Expo which includes real props and costumes from the films, and wizards and witches can continue practicing their wand dueling skills alongside wand combat choreographer, Paul Harris. And this year, you can join the cast Q&A which features Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks), and Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum).

THIS year, however, check out what’s all new at the 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter:


Hogwarts House Rally and Costumes Showcase: 

For the first time, Hogwarts is hosting a costume contest for kids, teens, and adults to show off their house colors. Hand selected contestants will be judged individually or in a group based on their creativity and craftsmanship.
See the official competition rules here.


A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 Scavenger Hunt:

This scavenger hunt takes place throughout all the nooks and crannies in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade in both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. Participants will be given questions throughout the weekend to find the answers to a series of mysterious clues hidden in the parks!


Try Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery:

The Harry Potter Go game we have been waiting for has finally been approved by our heroes at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in the form of Harry Potter Portkey Games. This year at the Harry Potter celebration, Warner Bros. is giving fans a life-sized Hogwarts gallery wall, giveaways and hands-on gameplay, and a panel opportunity to hear more about new developments on the game!


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR Game: 

An all-new virtual reality experience will take you face-to-face with several of the beasts seen in the newest Harry Potter installment. With Fantastic Beasts 2 coming out later this year, this will be a great opportunity to step into Newt Scamander’s enchanting case and see these fantastic beasts for yourself!


Sound and Image: The Magic Behind the Music:

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing during the opening events on Friday, January 26th. If you can’t make the show, however, the new Sound and Image panel will give you exclusive insight into The Harry Potter Film Concert Series and its iconic original scores from the movies.


The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle:

The new projection light show will have its premiere on Friday night, displaying the house colors of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. You can see the full details about this enchanting new experience here!



Join in the fun this weekend,  January 26th-28th, as the 5th annual Harry Potter special event takes place at Universal Orlando Resort!


Universal Orlando’s Live Stream Schedule

*Schedule subject to change

Friday, January 26

  • 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM: A Celebration of Harry Potter Opening Event
  • 9 PM – The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle Project Experience

Saturday, January 27

  • 10 AM – 10:30 AM – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: Special Effects Secrets with John Richardson (Panel)
  • 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM – Graphic Design for the Harry Potter FIlm with MinaLima (Panel)
  • 2 PM – 2:30 PM – Learn Wand Combat Skills with Choreographer Paul Harris
  • 4 PM – 4:45 PM – Q&A Panel with the Harry Potter Film Stars
  • 5:30 PM – 6 PM – Hogwarts House Rally: Costume Showcase
  • 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM – A Celebration of Harry Potter Evening Tribute

Sunday, January 28, 2018

  • 10 AM – 10:30 AM – Dance Like a Beauxbaton and Battle Like a Durmstrang
  • 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM –Harry Potter The Exhibition: Magic of Costumes
  • 2:30 PM – 3 PM – CineConcerts – Sound & Image: The magic behind the music, and the journey to construct a complete score live to picture (Panel)
  • 4:30 PM – 5 PM – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment: Explore Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Panel)
  • 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM – Q&A Panel with the Harry Potter Film Stars


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