New ‘Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle’ projection show announced for Universal Studios

A surprise announcement from Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood has revealed that a brand-new nighttime show, called “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle,” is coming later this year.

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A new, sinister nighttime show is coming soon to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

This new show will illuminate Hogwarts Castle nightly from April 13-28 at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then return from May 25-27. Universal Orlando’s version of this nighttime spectacular will debut later this year; dates will be announced at a later time.

This new nighttime show will cast a spell of light, music and special effects, unleashing the darkest creatures and villains into the Wizarding World, including He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named himself, Lord Voldemort. Guests will have to summon their inner strength and courage to face this dark magic as it comes to life during the light display.

As darkness falls on Hogwarts Castle, Dementors, Death Eaters, and other creatures – from Aragog and the mountain trolls to Thestrals – will cover the castle in sinister imagery from the darker side of “Harry Potter.” This won’t last long, as a powerful Patronus spell will be cast to defend guests against the Dark Arts.

“Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will be accompanied by an exclusive musical arrangement that will be played in a surround sound environment. This new score was conducted by Williams Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, based on the original scores composed by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.

More details will be released soon. Stay tuned to our website for more updates on all things Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.


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