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It’s Harry Potter Time, magical event returns soon to Universal Orlando

Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10:50 am

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Attention all you Muggles. And you magical folk types as well. A Celebration of Harry Potter, the big three-day event at Universal Orlando Resort, returns, Jan. 26-28.

Universal officials have pretty much got all the pieces in place for this year’s event, which will include special guest celebrities from the Harry Potter films, exhibits, panel discussions and more.

The list of guest stars currently includes fan-favorite Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley in the film series), Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum), Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks),  and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).

The panel discussions are always a popular part of the event and this year’s new creative talent includes the award-winning costume designer behind the last six Harry Potter films Jany Tamime and the Special Effects Supervisor for all eight Harry Potter films John Richardson. Guests will also be able to see returning fan-favorites and graphic and prop designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films and of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The exhibits are also another fan favorite at the Potter celebration and this year guests will be able to see new content at the Harry Potter Expo. Expo participants will include: MinaLima, Pottermore, Scholastic, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Here is a look at some of the booth and exhibits that will be open throughout the weekend to give fans an up-close look into the stories from J.K. Rowling’s world of fantasy.


Returning for their fifth appearance, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima will bring London’s House of MinaLima to Orlando, showcasing the graphic designs of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Over the last 17 years, MinaLima have created the graphic universe of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, as well as a series of best-selling books.


Pottermore will be bringing the latest news and announcements directly from the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World (and possibly  a few  exclusive reveals as well).  This year, fans will be able to once again participate in Harry Potter – #AudibleRecall, now with updated questions and house-specific rounds running each day.


Scholastic celebrates 20 years of Harry Potter magic with the beloved books that started it all. Fans of all ages are invited to express what Harry Potter means to them by sharing a message on the Muggle Wall; fans will enjoy multiple interactive experiences and enter daily for a chance to win framed artwork from the illustrated editions illustrated by Jim Kay, and boxed sets of Harry Potter books 1-7!  Collect one of kind giveaways and stay tuned for surprises.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Harry Potter: The Exhibition is rolling out the red carpet to welcome visitors and celebrate the exhibition’s 9-year, 16-city (and counting) world tour. Guests will be treated to a display of some of the series’ most stunning costumes before strutting the runway to take a one-of-a-kind photo keepsake. All visitors will be able to enter into a draw for a chance to win a trip for two to the next host city for Harry Potter: The Exhibition. The city will be announced during the Welcome Event on Friday evening.

Are you a Gryffindor, a Slytherin, a Hufflepuff or perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year, the Sorting Hat sorts new Hogwarts students into their house, and you will have the opportunity to be sorted into your house in a Great Hall setting. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is presents the Sorting Hat Experience.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter gives Harry Potter fans the opportunity to journey behind the scenes and experience the magic that has gone into creating one of the most successful film series of all time. Visitors of the Studio Tour in England, UK, home to the series’ production, can step on to authentic sets and admire the real props and costumes used during filming.

The Studio Tour will return to ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018’ giving you the chance to see first-hand some of the incredible practical effects behind the magic of the iconic film series.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the critically acclaimed stage play, currently playing in London’s West End, and due to open in New York on Broadway in Spring 2018, and in Melbourne, Australia, in early 2019. Visitors can expect to get an exclusive, never-seen-before look at imagery, designs and costumes from the production.

A Celebration of Harry Potter Panels

(Islands of Adventure theme park)

Panels and Q&A sessions will feature Harry Potter film and creative talent. Admission into panels and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

NEW: Graphic Design for Film: Creating Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, founders of the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as graphic designers for the Harry Potter film series, specifically referencing Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes to describe the process of developing the design of the shop from book to screen. Additionally, they will discuss their broader experience designing The Wizarding World from publishing to their involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

NEW: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Discover behind-the-scenes secrets with award winning Special Effects Supervisor, John Richardson.

For the first time ever, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is bringing John Richardson to A Celebration of Harry Potter to share his personal stories from working on the all eight Harry Potter films. In this panel, guests will discover how flying broomsticks, floating candles, fire-breathing dragons, wand explosions and more were created on set.

NEW: The Magic of Costumes in Harry Potter

Guests can join Jany Temime, the award-winning costume designer behind the last six Harry Potter films and exhibition curator Eddie Newquist, who will discuss the importance of costumes in the Harry Potter films and how specific pieces will continue to leave a lasting impression.

More details about A Celebration of Harry Potter will be revealed at a later date. Guests will have access to Universal Orlando’s attractions throughout the weekend, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Access to A Celebration of Harry Potter is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual or seasonal pass. Certain activities are first-come, first-served. Exclusive event vacation packages are also available for purchase and include special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.

For more information about the event, tickets and available exclusive event vacation packages, visit    

packages are on sale now. On-site hotel packages start at $285 per adult per night, including tax, and include exclusive benefits such as special guest access to the Harry Potter Expo, admission to a private evening reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, special access to panels and demonstrations and special access to new Workshops – more details coming soon.

Packages also include three-night hotel accommodations at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel and three-day two-park, park-to-park tickets to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This package also includes special rates and benefits for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents. Packages are available on a first come, first served basis. For complete details and other packages available, click here.