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Get ready for A Celebration of Harry Potter, coming to Universal on January 27

art6A Celebration of Harry Potter returns to Universal Orlando Resort on January 27, bringing a full weekend of Wizarding events to the two Universal theme parks. Get ready for celebrity Q & A panels, film props, wand dueling demonstrations, and much more. The best thing about the celebration is that virtually everything is included with your theme park admission. Get a two park ticket that lets you into Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure and you’re limited only by how much you can pack into your day.

As a local, I’m fortunate enough to be able to visit Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley any time I wish, if only to quaff a quick, refreshing Butterbeer after a spin on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Even with the Wizarding World at my fingertips, I can’t help but get excited about this annual event where Harry Potter mania goes into full gear.

Highlights of this popular Harry Potter event

What exactly can you see and do at A Celebration of Harry Potter? The videos below, shot in past years, sum things up quite nicely.

See a wand being created:

Hear from Harry Potter film celebrities:

Watch live wand dueling:

Witness a movie make-up demonstration:

If this sampler has you wanting more, block out your calendar for the weekend of January 27 and head out to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure to immerse yourself live in the Wizarding World. This event draws big crowds every year, so come early and plan to spend the day from opening until closing time to take in as much as you possibly can. Check the event schedule and plan out your day so you don’t miss any of the must-do panels and demonstrations. Leave plenty of time for the expo, too, as it will be hard to tear yourself away from the treasure trove of Harry Potter-related booths and activities.

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