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A Celebration of Harry Potter is an annual event which takes place every year at Universal Orlando's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in either late January or early February. The last event was a three-day vacation from 26 January to 28 January, 2018. James and Oliver Phelps, Stanislav Ianevski, Bonnie Wright, and Natalia Tena attended the celebration.[1]

Overview

The event, which started in January 2014, celebrates the Harry Potter fandom every year in a collaboration between Universal Parks & Resorts, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Scholastic. The cast are invited and they attend Q&A events, panels and photo-ops with fans who have purchased the package needed.[2]

There are exhibitions provided by  PottermoreScholastic, graphic designer company MinaLima, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden and the touring Harry Potter exhibition, the latter two providing film props and costumes for example. There are panels and special demonstrations from people like Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, who provide the Graphic Design for the Harry Potter™ Films panel.[2] The event even provides fans with an exciting opportunity to attend challenges including the Harry Potter™ Knowledge Challenge, an audience-participation game inviting fans of all ages to answer film-specific questions.[2]

Past events

2014

From 24 January to 26 January, Evanna Lynch, Devon Murray, James and Oliver Phelps and Matthew Lewis attended the celebration. Kazu Kibuishi signed copies of the Harry Potter books with the newly released cover designs, and a part of the room placed you in one of the four houses.

2015

From 30 January to 1 February, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Evanna Lynch, and James and Oliver Phelps attended the celebration. Paul Harris, the choreographer who created wand combat for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, led popular training in duelling.

2016

From 29 January to 31 January, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, and Katie Leung attended the celebration. Many of them made announcements from companies including Pottermore about future events.

2017

From 27 January to 29 January, Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, Warwick Davis and Jason Isaacs attended the celebration. Eddie Redmayne recorded a video announcing that he recorded an audiobook reading of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.[2]

2018

From 26 January to 28 January, James and Oliver Phelps, Stanislav Ianevski, Bonnie Wright, and Natalia Tena attended the celebration.

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