Universal Orlando Hosts 'Harry Potter' Celebration in January 2014

Universal Orlando Hosts 'Harry Potter' Celebration in January 2014

Published: 09/02/2013 01:01:28 PM

Given the continuing runaway popularity of the "Harry Potter" franchise, an event like this was probably inevitable: Universal Orlando will be hosting a 'Harry Potter' celebration next year from Jan 24-26, 2014. The Florida family resort has been running 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' attraction since June of 2010, which has met with enormous popularity, making Universal Orlando an ideal place for this event.

Wand Classes for Muggles Will Be Offered

The festivities are set to include question and answer sessions with selected actors from the film adaptations and a Harry Potter Film Tribute, also including cast members and filmmakers. A "wand masterclass" giving Muggles--which refers to non-witches and wizards for the uninitiated--a chance to practice a few spells of their own will also be offered featuring Wand Combat choreographer Paul Harris. This being Universal Orlando, there will of course also be rides such as 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey' and 'Dragon Challenge', as well as plenty of opportunities to explore the resorts' 'Hogwarts Castle' and 'Hogsmeade' attractions.

The 'Harry Potter' franchise, which began as a novel written by a British author J.K. Rowling, which became a worldwide phenomenon and went on to become the best-selling book series in history. The subsequent film adaptations then went on to become the highest-grossing film series in history, making the franchise one of the most profitable and popular of all time. Both the novels and films have also met with considerable critical success, especially the later installments.

The books and movies detail the life of the titular orphan Harry Potter from the time he discovers at the age of eleven that his parents were witch and wizard and had passed on their gift to him. He receives an acceptance letter to 'Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry' (an institution set in a castle; Universal Orlando packages has its own version to explore at the resort) and begins his magical education.

Actors to Be at Universal Orlando to Speak to the Fans

The story has a deeply detailed and varied dramatis personae, and the actors representing these characters have nearly universally become associated with their iconic roles in the film. Well-known actors such as Alan Rickman (playing Potions master Severus Snape) and Maggie Smith (playing the austere professor Minerva McGonagall) gave critically-acclaimed performances, and young actors such as Emma Watson (playing Harry's studious classmate and friend Hermione Granger) and Daniel Radcliffe (playing Harry himself) have gone on to strong film careers. Some of these now-famous (and already-famous) actors will be at Universal Orlando's event to answer questions for fans.

The series has also been noted for its near-universal appeal among both children and adults, with dedicated fans of all ages and backgrounds. This has made 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' one of Universal Orlando's most popular attractions, and also makes the 'Harry Potter Celebration' event one an entire family will be able to enjoy.

If you've been meaning to take a Universal Orlando family vacation but haven't yet decided on a destination, take a good look at this event, and do it quickly before everything sells out entirely. And if you haven't? This would be the perfect time.

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