Oliver and James Phelps at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018
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The fourth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter kick off today, January 26, 2018, at Universal Orlando. For the past few months, the Orlando theme park has revealed more details about the event, highlighting live demonstrations, magical experiences and panel discussions with film stars including Oliver and James Phelps, Natalia Tena, Stanislav Yanevski, and Bonnie Wright. Orlando Fun Tickets has collected the latest info to better help you plan your visit.

The exciting weekend begins with an enchanting performance featuring highlights from The Harry Potter Film Concert Series performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Other chances to hear music from the films include the new “Sound & Image: The Magic Behind the Music” panel.

The Harry Potter Expo will be the highlight of the Celebration with an all-new virtual reality experience featuring Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Here guests can step inside Newt Scamander’s cast to explore the world of the film and come face-to-face with six beasts! The Expo will also be home to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a new mobile game. The game takes you inside Hogwarts Castle like never before and includes a life-sized gallery wall, giveaways and hands-on gameplay.

Finally there is A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 Scavenger Hunt where guests will search for the answers to a series of clues hidden in both The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. And we couldn’t leave without mentioning the Hogwarts Houses Rally and Costume Showcase. Come prepared in a solo or group costume and be judged on the quality and craftsmanship.

During this special event, Universal will also be launching the new The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle projection mapping experience.

Here is the complete A Celebration of Harry Potter schedule:

Friday, January 26
7:15 PM – 8:30 PM – A Celebration of Harry Potter Opening Event
9 PM – The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle Projection Experience

Saturday, January 27
10 AM – 10:30 AM – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: Special Effects Secrets with John Richardson (Panel)
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM – Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Film with MinaLima (Panel)
2 PM – 2:30 PM – Learn Wand Combat Skills with Choreographer Paul Harris
4 PM – 4:45 PM – Q&A Panel with the Harry Potter Film Stars
5:30 PM – 6 PM – Hogwarts House Rally: Costume Showcase
6:45 PM – 7:45 PM – A Celebration of Harry Potter Evening Tribute

Sunday, January 28
10 AM – 10:30 AM – Dance Like a Beauxbaton and Battle Like a Durmstrang
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM – Harry Potter The Exhibition: Magic of Costumes
2:30 PM – 3 PM – CineConcerts – Sound & Image: The magic behind the music, and the journey to construct a complete score live to picture (Panel)
4:30 PM – 5 PM – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment: Explore Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Panel)
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM – Q&A Panel with the Harry Potter Film Stars