Tuesday, 26 May, 2020

Harry Potter wands to light up London landmark ahead of Fantastic Beasts 2 release

In October nine giant Harry Potter wands will illuminate the walkway between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Next month, as excitement builds for the 16 November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new Wizarding World adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, an installation of nine giant wands will illuminate a London landmark to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.

Standing fifteen feet tall, the wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – are the centrepiece of the new installation, Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos.

It is set to light up Peter’s Hill every night at 6:45pm from 18th October to 12th November.

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK said: “We are thrilled to partner with Lumos on this landmark installation, which is sure to delight fans and the tens of thousands of commuters and tourists passing through Peter’s Hill each day.

“London has played a huge role in the on-screen legacy of the Wizarding World, from King’s Cross Station to Millennium Bridge, not to mention the nearby Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden – which has housed countless iconic sets across all ten films and nearly two decades – providing a major boost to the UK film industry.

“Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos is emblematic of this unique relationship, celebrating the magic of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts here in London while raising awareness for the vital work being done by Lumos on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

In addition to the nine wands, the installation also kicks off a series of exciting activities for fans every “Wizarding Wednesday,” including wand training and a live performance of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films by a military marching band.

Lumos said: “We speak up on behalf of the eight million children trapped in orphanages and other institutions worldwide to transform care, so every child can thrive in families and communities.

“80% of these hidden children are not orphans and we prove that, with the right support, they can stay with their families. Named after the light-giving spell in Harry Potter, Lumos was founded by J.K. Rowling in 2005.”

While you’re in London you might as well see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, one play presented in two parts, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London and is now also playing at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway.

Recently it was announced that TodayTix has partnered with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for a new version of ‘The Friday Forty’, a weekly lottery of 40 tickets for every performance, in some of the best seats in the house for just £40 (£20 per part).

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