4th Annual A Celebration of Harry Potter Comes to Universal Orlando Jan 27-29

4th Annual A Celebration of Harry Potter Comes to Universal Orlando Jan 27-29

This weekend, Jan 27-29, muggles from around the world will come together to celebrate at the 4th annual A Celebration of Harry Potter, hosted by Universal Orlando and Warner Bros.

Author J.K. Rowling has inspired many with her tales of the Wizarding World, and this three-day event will give fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in that world at Universal Orlando.

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MegaCon Orlando Returns May 26-29, 2016

MegaCon Orlando Returns May 26-29, 2016

MegaCon returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Memorial Weekend, May 26-29, 2016.

This four-day fest features celebrities from the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comics. Fans can meet their favorites, get autographs and photos, view Q&A panels, and more.

Among the guests scheduled to appear are:

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Universal Orlando to Live Stream from A Celebration of Harry Potter This Weekend

This weekend, A Celebration of Harry Potter is being held at the Universal Orlando Resort, featuring celebrities from the films, and panels for fans to enjoy.

Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Even better, Universal has announced they will be live streaming three of the panels for Harry Potter fans who can’t be in attendance.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley Celebrates Its First Anniversary at Universal Orlando

Happy first anniversary to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando, which opened one year ago on July 8, 2014.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

An extension on the popular The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley not only offered all new Potter experiences, but introduced Hogwarts Express, which connects the two Potter worlds.

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LeakyCon Celebrates All Things Harry Potter in Orlando July 30 – August 3, 2014

Returning to Orlando for a second time, LeakyCon will be celebrating all things Harry Potter at the Orange County Convention Center from July 30 to August 3.

LeakyConLeakyCon has a variety of programming, ranging from author and actor panels to attendee-submitted meetups and discussions. There are also concerts, parties, and even an after-hours trip to Universal Orlando to check out the recently opened Diagon Alley, along with Hogsmeade.

Among the HP actors you can meet are Ellie Darcey- Alden, Scarlett Byrne, Robbie Jarvis, Hugh Mitchell, Nick Shirm, and Charlotte Skeoch. In addition to Harry Potter guests, attendees can also meet Alaina Huffman (“Supernatural”), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Nina Toussaint-White, and the “Glee” trio of Titus Makin Jr, Curt Mega, and Dominic Barnes. Author John Green (“Fault in Our Stars”) will also be appearing.

Tickets start at $60 for a Friday or Saturday one-day pass to $275 for a full 5-day pass.

For more info, including a full guest list and programming schedule, visit LeakyCon.com.

A Celebration of Harry Potter Returns to Universal Orlando January 2014

A Celebration of Harry Potter

Harry Potter fans from around the world will convene at Universal Orlando for A Celebration of Harry Potter January 24-26, 2014.

Headlining the event will be actors James Phelps and Oliver Phelps who played Fred and George Weasley, and actress Evanna Lynch who played Lovegood in the eight Harry Potter films.

Others from the Potter universe scheduled to appear are artist Kazu Kibuishi, who re-imagined the HP book covers, and HP film graphic artists Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima.

There will be a variety of panels at the event, ranging from guest Q&A’s to a Dueling Demonstration & Wand Combat Masterclass with Paul Harris, who choreographed the battle scene in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

There will also be a preview of Diagon Alley, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion set to open at Universal Studios Florida in Spring 2014.

The VIP vacation package is sold out, but the three-day celebration is still open to any parkgoer with admission, on a first come, first serve basis. There is a Florida resident 3-day park to park ticket on sale, which offers savings over the price at the gate.

For more information, go to universalorlando.com/celebration.

2013 Quidditch World Cup to be Played in Kissimmee

Next year, Harry Potter fans will have one more reason to visit the Orlando area.

That is because it has been announced that Kissimmee was chosen by the International Quidditch Association to host the World Cup VI games in 2013.

Though in the books and movies, the game is played by Potter and his schoolmates on flying broomsticks, in real life, players run with the brooms, instead. The IQA says it’s similar to rugby, but also has aspects of soccer, dodgeball, and basketball.

The exact location hasn’t been announced yet, but the dates are April 13 and 14.

If you want to get involved, but don’t play, the IQA is currently accepting applications for volunteers. There is a long list of open positions that you can apply for online.

Harry Potter Stars Visit Orlando-Area Walmart to Promote DVD

In town as part of the huge Harry Potter event at Universal Orlando this weekend, several of the stars from the HP movies visited a local WalMart to promote the release of the last movie on DVD.

The event took place on November 11, 2011, to promote the first day on-sale release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 on DVD. The stars signed autographs at the WalMart on Turkey Lake Rd, just south of Universal Orlando, for the hundreds of Potter fans in attendance.

From left to right in the photo:

  • Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan)
  • Katie Leung (Cho Chang)
  • Jennifer Smith (Lavender Brown)
  • Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas)
Photo courtesy of Deb Silva. Do not reproduce without permission.

 

Universal Cineplex Orlando to Show New Harry Potter Movie on all Twenty Screens

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is the upcoming release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1″ on November 19. Many movie theaters in town will be showing the film at 12:01 on Friday morning, to comply with the studio’s restriction on not showing the film before that day.

The Universal Cineplex is taking the midnight showings a bit farther, though.

Of course, being located at Universal Orlando, home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you’d expect a little fanfare for the film.

But the Cineplex is planning to show the new film on all twenty screens for the 12:01 showing – including the IMAX theater. There will also be an additional IMAX showing at 3:15am.

On top of that, diehard HP fans can take part in a HP movie marathon starting at 6pm on Thursday, November 18. Guests can enjoy the adventures of the two most recent Harry Potter films – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” – before the 12:01 a.m. showing of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.” Tickets are $20 and include admission to see all three Harry Potter films.

The showings are expected to sell out, so pick yours up at the box office in advance, or buy online at Fandango.

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