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Universal Orlando honors Harry Potter at 4th annual event

wandThis past weekend, Universal Orlando Resort once again honored the Boy Who Lived and the entire Wizarding World with its fourth annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter.” This event, which debuted in 2014, has grown bigger and better every year. Not only does it bring an exciting line-up of movie celebrities to the Universal parks, but it also covers everything from the London studio tour to the graphic designs from MinaLima to books from Scholastic and more. As you can see by all the fans in the photo, wearing their wizard robes with wands held aloft, Harry’s popularity is as strong as ever.

Overview of the event

If you didn’t get to this year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” the video below will show you some of what you missed. The opening festivities give an overview and set up a sense of excitement for the whirlwind weekend:

Meet the celebrities

It’s nearly impossible to see and do everything over the course of the event, which runs from Friday to Sunday. The Expo itself can take several hours of browsing time, and with all the panels and demonstrations, the time flies by every year. One of the most popular draws at “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is the celebrity appearances. In the video below, you’ll see Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), all of whom were on hand this year to chat about their experiences in the franchise films:

The festivities are over for another year, but you can still get your dose of Harry Potter any time at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. The two parks feature Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, connected by the Hogwarts Express, to provide any-time immersion in the Wizarding World. Be sure to try the frozen butterbeer!

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