Final activities announced for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” 2018 at Universal Orlando Resort

“A Celebration of Harry Potter” kicks off this weekend at Universal Orlando Resort and will feature a variety of interactive and exciting experiences that will allow guests to celebrate their love for the stories from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

We got the final details on what is coming to this annual celebration of the Wizarding World, including a new scavenger hunt, a sneak peek at an upcoming Harry Potter mobile game and more.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle projection show will make its debut at "A Celebration of Harry Potter" 2018.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle projection show will make its debut at “A Celebration of Harry Potter” 2018.

Here’s a breakdown of all the new activities announced today:

A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER PANELS (Islands of Adventure theme park)

  • NEW: Explore Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery: Get ready to experience Hogwarts like never before in the upcoming mobile game, Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery! Learn how you can explore your Hogwarts Story and join the creators of the game for a sneak peek at the visuals, story, and gameplay of this groundbreaking Harry Potter RPG mobile game.
  • NEW: Sound & Image: The Magic Behind the Music: In film, music represents the words that cannot be spoken. Join CineConcerts founder/conductor Justin Freer and co-founder/producer Brady Beaubien to discuss the magic behind the music throughout the Harry Potter film series. What makes the music so iconic? How can a single motif define the characters we love? Join in the dissection of music within a scene, and what it takes to create these complete scores performed live to picture by a full symphony orchestra. Learn about the complexity of specific melodies we all know and love, and how each film score has uniquely defined the Harry Potter series.

A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER ACTIVITIES (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure theme parks)

  • NEW: The Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 – Scavenger Hunt: Throughout the weekend, guests will be tasked to search for the answers to a series of clues hidden in both magical and Muggle locations throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.  A fun experience for all Harry Potter fans, families and kids alike.
  • NEW: Highlights from the Harry Potter Film Concert Series: At the Opening Night Event on Friday, Jan. 26, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform iconic music from the first four Harry Potter films live-to-picture alongside memorable scenes from the films.
  • Hogwarts Houses Rally and Costume Showcase: Fans will be able to shine onstage by dressing up as their favorite characters from the Harry Potter series. Each contestant who is selected will be judged on the quality and craftsmanship of their costume and will have the chance to win magical prizes.
Choose your friends and "battle" your rivals in this new game.

Choose your friends and “battle” your rivals in this new game.

HARRY POTTER EXPO (Universal Studios Florida theme park)

  • NEW: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment: Jam City is excited to present Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a new mobile game launching under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games, a label dedicated to creating gaming experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Fans are invited to be one of the first ever to experience the magic with a gallery wall, enchanting giveaways and hands-on gameplay accompanied by the developers themselves!
  • NEW: The Harry Potter Film Concert Series – CineConcerts: Fans can learn more about the global sensation that allows fans to experience the magic of the Harry Potter films with a LIVE orchestra.  Guests will be able to take an exclusive selfie at the Harry Potter Film Concert Series photo booth and take part in fun giveaways.
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment: Get ready to see the wizarding world as never experienced before with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Virtual Reality Experience.  Fans can step into Newt Scamander’s case and explore the spectacular world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in a breathtaking cinematic virtual reality experience. Meet and interact with 6 beasts, complete spells, and immerse yourself in the magic like never before. This unique virtual reality experience is coming soon to major virtual reality platforms.

And of course, A Celebration of Harry Potter is included with your general admission ticket or annual pass. There are still vacation packages available, which can be found here.

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