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Jun05

"Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" Comes to Universal Studios Hollywood

From Universal Studios Hollywood --

This holiday season, Universal Studios Hollywood will introduce "Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," transforming HogwartsTM castle into a breathtaking light projection show that captures the spirt of the yuletide season.

Hogsmeade village will also shine brightly as the quaint town celebrates with festive décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts, along with holiday-themed food and beverages including hot Butterbeer.

A special time in the Harry Potter series, the all-new "Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" tradition invites guests to celebrate this part of J.K. Rowling's compelling story for themselves. 

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, the familiar sounds of Harry Potter music will resonate throughout "The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM".  Multiple times an evening, colorful projection mapping will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with impressive dimensional animations that melodically dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

"Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" represents the immersive land's first holiday themed program since opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling's compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the  captivating and highly acclaimed "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" thrill ride, now enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter's world, as well as "Flight of the Hippogriff™," Universal Studios Hollywood's first outdoor family coaster.

"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog's Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko's™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch's Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods.

More details about "Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" will be shared in the coming months.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™" which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" and "Flight of the Hippogriff™," Universal Studios Hollywood's first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" and "Super Silly Fun Land" as well as "Springfield," hometown of America's favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning "The Simpsons RideTM" and the "The Walking Dead" daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood's signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world's biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as "Fast & Furious—Supercharged." The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

 
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Jun02

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two Will Open on Broadway Spring of 2018 at the Lyric Theatre

From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child --

Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, have confirmed that the production will have its Broadway premiere in the Spring of 2018 at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre in New York. As previously announced, the Lyric Theatre is currently undergoing a complete redesign and transformation in preparation for the North American premiere of the production.

The official opening will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Preview performances, casting and all further details will be announced in the coming months.

Tickets will go on sale in the Fall of this year via the official website only, and details of how and when tickets can be purchased will be released soon. Visit www.HarryPotterThePlay.com to sign up for the mailing list to stay up to date with the latest news and updates.

Last month, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child became the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director. The production has won 22 major theatre awards in the UK since opening last July in London, including the Evening Standard Best Play Award.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. The production is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London where it continues to play to sold out houses.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

 
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Jun01

NLM Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Harry Potter Series

From National Library of Medicine --

On June 26, 1997, British author J. K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the Harry Potter series and the beginning of a global, pop cultural phenomenon. To celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary and the world-renowned historical collections of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Library will offer a series of special events, including a week-long display featuring rare books and incunables (books printed before 1501) which influenced the Harry Potter series, and the popular NLM traveling exhibition Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, lectures, and more.

Events will be held June 26-30, 2017 at NLM, on the Bethesda campus of the National Institutes of Health.

Learn About the History Which Inspired the Story – NLM will display 15th, 16th, and 17th-century collection items, which represent the history that informed the some of the characters and settings of the Harry Potter series, and formed the foundation of the traveling exhibition Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine. The special display and traveling exhibition explore the magic of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science. The display and exhibition highlight the important ethical topics Rowling’s stories examine. Visitors can navigate the display using a “Marauder’s Map” and take home coloring pages fashioned from the books and incunables on display.

Harry Potter’s World and the Renaissance books and incunables will appear in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room at NLM (bldg. 38) during the week of June 26th. The event is open to the general public, 10:00am-4:00pm each day. Reservations are strongly encouraged as only a limited number of people can be accommodated in the Reading Room. Guided tours are available upon request by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 301-594-1947.

Lectures: The NLM will also offer two special lectures as part of the week-long appreciation of the Harry Potter series. On June 27th at 2:00pm, the curator of Harry Potter’s World, Elizabeth Bland, presents “A Look into the Pensieve: Reflections on Harry Potter at Twenty Years.” Then, on June 29th at 2:00pm, Stephen Greenberg, PhD, Head of Rare Books & Early Manuscripts at NLM gives a talk titled “Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to NLM.” Both lectures take place in the Lister Hill Auditorium (bldg. 38A) and will be live-streamed globally. More information is available on the HMD Lecture Series website.   

Permanent Digital Gallery: To benefit audiences around the world, and especially those who are joining in the celebration of the Harry Potter 20th anniversary, the NLM will launch an online curated collection of the 15th, 16th, and 17th-century books that will appear in the week-long display, as well as related works. All will digitized and accessible through the online adaptation of Harry Potter’s World.

For more information about NLM’s week-long celebration of Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary and related NLM collections, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 301-594-1947.

 
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May31

Second show added! NJSO and NJPAC present Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

From the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra --

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey Performing Arts Center announce an additional performance of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert on Saturday, October 28, at 7:30 pm at NJPAC in Newark. Limited tickets are still available for the previously announced October 28 matinee at 2 pm. The NJSO will perform John Williams’ unforgettable score from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second film in the Harry Potter franchise, while the film plays in high-definition on a giant screen.

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, which is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, kicked off in June 2016 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018.

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious house-elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry’s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From Dueling Clubs to rogue Bludgers, it’s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened.” Saving Hogwarts will require all of Harry’s, Ron’s and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage.

Earning a Grammy nomination for the score, the bewitching and incredible music composed by John Williams became an instant classic, conjuring beautiful and soaring motifs continuing the adventures of Harry Potter on his magical adventures.

This film concert series has been created by CineConcerts, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and will be conducted by its creator and producer, Justin Freer. He explains: “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduced for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It is an unforgettable event.”

Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the world, and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this world—and to the many wonderful characters and adventures that inhabit it.”

Tickets for both October 28 performances at NJPAC range in price from $35 to $89. Tickets for the 7:30 pm performance go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 2, at 10 am and will be available for purchase from the NJSO online at www.njsymphony.org or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476). They will be available for purchase from NJPAC online at www.njpac.org or by phone at 1.888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722).

For more information on the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, visit www.harrypotterinconcert.com.
 
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May24

Libro.fm announces J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World digital audiobooks now available through local bookstores

From Libro.fm --

Libro.fm (www.libro.fm), the digital audiobook platform for independent bookstores, has partnered with Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment, and news company, to offer eight Wizarding World digital audiobooks through independent bookstores nationwide.

This announcement marks the first time independent bookstores in the United States have been able to offer Wizarding World digital audiobooks to their customers.

"Books Inc. is thrilled to be able to offer J.K. Rowling audiobooks to the loyal customers of our partner stores. With summer approaching, these audiobooks will be perfect for family road trips or long plane rides, and our customers will love being able to immerse themselves in the timeless stories and magical world that J.K. Rowling has created," said Margie Scott Tucker of Books Inc., one of the oldest and largest independent booksellers on the West Coast of the US. 

The Wizarding World digital audiobooks include all seven novels in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series as well as the indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne who starred as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the 2016 film inspired by the Hogwarts Library book.

"Harry Potter titles have always held a special place within independent bookstores — on the shelves and in the hearts and minds of booksellers. Now in digital audio, current and future generations of Wizarding World fans can discover and rediscover these stories through their beloved local bookstores," said Stephanie Ballien, Director of Marketing at libro.fm.

The print editions have had great success throughout local bookstores and with the addition of the digital audiobooks, the opportunity to share these stories will only increase.

Oren Teicher, American Booksellers Association CEO, said, "For two decades, the Harry Potter titles have held a singular spot on the shelves of independent bookstores, as young readers — who are now themselves parents of young readers — discovered the wonders of an amazing story and great writing. Indie booksellers look forward to this new opportunity to share J.K. Rowling's remarkable series in digital audio."

About Libro.fm:
Libro.fm is the independent store for digital audiobooks. Based in Seattle, WA, Libro.fm offers tens of thousands of DRM-free digital audiobooks, available for download and through its free iOS and Android apps.

 
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