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Aug18

Fourth Annual “A Celebration Of Harry Potter” Event Coming To Universal Orlando Resort January 27-29, 2017

From Universal Orlando Resort --

Harry Potter fans will once again unite at the fourth annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. This special weekend event will take place January 27 – 29, 2017 and will be full of exciting experiences that will allow guests to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Q&A sessions with select film talent (complete talent lineup will be announced at a later date)
  • Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits at the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, featuring brand partners from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World such as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Pottermore, Scholastic, MinaLima, and Harry Potter: The Exhibition
  • Enjoy special panels and demonstrations regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter stories
Guests will also be able to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a Park-to-Park ticket.

Special vacation packages, including annual passholder packages, are on sale now. On-site hotel packages start at $249 per adult per night, including tax, and include exclusive benefits such as special guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, admission to a private evening reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and special guest access to panels and demonstrations. Packages also include three-night hotel accommodations, three-day Park-to-Park tickets to both Universal Studios Florida & Universal’s Islands of Adventure and more. Packages are available on a first come, first served basis. For complete package details, visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

“A Celebration of Harry Potter” is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
 
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Aug18

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Lumos Gala: More tickets available

From Lumos --

J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, and the producers of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened recently at London West End’s Palace Theatre to rave reviews, announce today (18th August) a third and final online auction of tickets to the Lumos gala performance on Sunday 18th September. This is a last chance to bid for tickets to attend the event.

Fans eager to see the two-part play will be able to bid on ticket packages for this special performance to benefit Lumos, which will be personally introduced by J.K. Rowling. Over 100 tickets are available in a selection of packages that are combined with extra gifts including signed copies of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book, Hogwarts maps created by graphic designers MinaLima and meals at London restaurants near to the theatre.

Opening bids for the performances of Parts One and Two on Sunday 18th September will start at the box office face value. The auction runs for just four days, from today until 21st August on the online auction website Givergy.

Thanks to the generosity of the play’s producers and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, every penny donated and raised in the auction will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund, which will support children in the countries where Lumos works to leave orphanages and return to a family life. Donations do not go towards administration, fundraising or overhead costs.

The Lumos gala performance of both parts of the play is the start of a worldwide campaign for Lumos this Autumn called We Are Lumos Worldwide which aims to enhance awareness of the harm caused to children placed in orphanages, and raise funds for the Families Not Orphanages Fund. The campaign culminates with an advance screening of the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in New York on 12th November, with a chance to see J.K. Rowling in conversation on stage at Carnegie Hall, with the film’s main star and Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne.

 
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Aug03

“Fantastic Beasts” Sequel is in the Works, Being Written by J.K. Rowling

From Warner Bros --

As anticipation builds for the November 18th release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the Studio has announced plans to return to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World for the next film in the series, slated for worldwide release on November 16, 2018. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Wizarding world creator J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the first film, is scripting the sequel.

The second “Fantastic Beasts” movie moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.

Director David Yates (the final four “Harry Potter” films) will again take the helm, having recently completed work on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The new film will also reunite producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen will serve as executive producers.

The “Fantastic Beasts” franchise is an important part of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, a brand which continues to expand. The new play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two,” has just opened to rave reviews in London, drawing rapturous applause in sold out performances, and the script of the play, just published, has already seen unprecedented sales for a script book. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks at Universal Studios in Orlando, Hollywood and Osaka, Japan, continue to entertain record crowds and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter offers another extremely popular experience for fans of all ages. There is much more on the horizon, all highlighting that the global interest in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in every medium is stronger than ever.

The “Fantastic Beasts” films will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

 
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Jul29

Harry Potter wands infographic

Check out this cool infographic from HalloweenCostumes.com, featuring loads of character wands from Harry Potter! (Just click here to enlarge it.)

 Harry Potter wands infographic 

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 July 2016 14:35 )
 
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Jul25

Barnes & Noble Announces Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Is Company’s Most Pre-Ordered Book Since Deathly Hallows

From Barnes & Noble --

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II is the Company’s most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. The new Harry Potter book will be released at midnight on July 31, and Barnes & Noble is guaranteeing delivery on Monday, August 1, for online pre-orders at BN.com, and in-store ship-to-home pre-orders, placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29.

Following its announcement in February, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been no. 1 on the BN.com bestseller list, and is expected to be Barnes & Noble’s biggest book of the year. Stores across the country are currently preparing to host the fan-favorite Countdown to Midnight Magic parties on July 30 at 8pm, leading up to the midnight release of the book (July 31).

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II is a new play by Jack Thorne, and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The new script book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Barnes & Noble’s most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we expect it to be our biggest selling book of the year,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble. “To guarantee that our customers get the new Harry Potter book as quickly as possible, Barnes & Noble is the only national retailer that’s guaranteeing delivery of the book on August 1, for both online and ship-to-home pre-orders placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29. Our booksellers are also preparing to host big crowds for our signature Midnight Magic parties on July 30.”

Countdown to Midnight Magic Party–Saturday, July 30, at 8PM

Harry Potter is back, and on Saturday, July 30, at 8PM, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host a special Countdown to Midnight Magic Party leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II, which goes on sale July 31 at midnight. The party will feature trivia, costume contests, face-painting, wand-making and a special Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter. Additionally, customers can still enter the Barnes & Noble exclusive Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints Sweepstakes for a chance to win a set of 7 Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints*. The sweepstakes launched during Barnes & Noble’s “Relive the Magic” event on June 24 and two customers from each store who enter the sweepstakes will be chosen as winners at random at the Countdown to Midnight Magic Party.

On Sunday, July 31, customers can return to their local store to discuss the new book and participate in special Harry Potter-themed events and activities, as a follow-up to the Countdown to Midnight Magic Party the night before.

There’s still time for customers to pre-order their copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide and online at BN.com, with guaranteed delivery by Monday, August 1 for pre-orders placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II is also available to pre-order in eBook format on NOOK® devices and the Free NOOK Reading Appfor Android. For more information visit NOOK.com.

The Harry Potter celebrations will continue on into the fall, as Barnes & Noble commemorates the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition in October and the highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, which arrives in theaters in November. More details on these events will be announced in the coming months.

Customers in attendance at Barnes & Noble’s Harry Potter events are encouraged to upload pictures of themselves having fun to their social media channels using the hashtags #BNHP and #ReadTheMagic. For more information, they should visit bn.com/harrypotterevents or follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and like Barnes & Noble on Facebook.

*Two (2) Winners from each store will be chosen at random on or about July 31 at 12:00AM to receive a set of seven (7) Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints (ARV $140.00). No Purchase necessary to enter or win. Must be 13 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S. to enter. Void where prohibited by law. See a Bookseller for complete details and Official Rules.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 July 2016 14:33 )
 
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