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A look at what’s happening this weekend at the Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

by Banks Lee

Celebration of Harry Potter Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando has revealed the full schedule for their annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event, taking place this weekend, Jan. 29-31, 2016.

The three-day weekend event will feature an array of experiences. All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:
• Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent (Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and Katie Leung)
• Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits at the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, featuring Harry Potter brand partners such as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Pottermore, Scholastic, MinaLima, and Harry Potter: The Exhibition
• Enjoy special panels and demonstrations regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter stories

Here’s the full schedule of events.

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
The Harry Potter Expo (Soundstage 33) – 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Movie in the Park (Music Plaza Stage) – 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Opening Night Event (Music Plaza Stage) – 7:30-8 p.m.

Muggelnet, a Harry Potter fan site, is also holding an unofficial meet-up at 6 p.m. Friday outside Diagon Alley to pay tribute to Alan Rickman, the actor who played Snape in the Harry Potter films. For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
The Harry Potter Expo (Soundstage 33) – 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Kids’ Dueling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris (Music Plaza Stage) – 10-10:30 a.m.
Kids’ Harry Potter Film Trivia (Music Plaza Stage) – 10:45-11 a.m.
Bringing the Harry Potter Films to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Toon Lagoon Amphitheater) – 11-11:30 a.m.
Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang (Music Plaza Stage) – 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Global Impact of Harry Potter: The Exhibition (Toon Lagoon Amphitheater) – 1-1:30 p.m.
Kids’ Harry Potter Film Trivia (Music Plaza Stage) – 2-2:15 p.m.
Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima (Toon Lagoon Amphitheater) – 2-2:30 p.m.
Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang (Music Plaza Stage) – 2:45-3:15 p.m.
Harry Potter Props Showcase with Acclaimed Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna (Toon Lagoon Amphitheater) – 3-3:45 p.m.
Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Q&A Session (Music Plaza Stage) – 4:15-5 p.m.
House Rally (Music Plaza Stage) – 5:30-6 p.m.
Harry Potter Film Tribute (Music Plaza Stage) – 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016
The Harry Potter Expo (Soundstage 33) – 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kids’ Dueling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris (Music Plaza Stage) – 10-10:30 a.m.
Kids’ Harry Potter Film Trivia (Music Plaza Stage) – 10:45-11 a.m.
Harry Potter Props Showcase with Acclaimed Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna (Toon Lagoon Amphitheater) – 11-11:45 a.m.
Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang (Music Plaza Stage) – 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bringing the Harry Potter Films to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Toon Lagoon Amphitheater) – 1-1:30 p.m.
Kids’ Harry Potter Film Trivia (Music Plaza Stage) – 2-2:15 p.m.
Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima (Toon Lagoon Amphitheater) – 2-2:30 p.m.
Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang (Music Plaza Stage) – 2:45-3:15 p.m.
The Global Impact of Harry Potter: The Exhibition (Toon Lagoon Amphitheater) – 3-3:30 p.m.
Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Q&A Session (Music Plaza Stage) – 4-4:45 p.m.

Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass, with admission to certain activities being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and will take place at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.

For complete event details, visit UniversalOrlando.com/Celebration.

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