Tuesday, 21 January, 2020

Giant Harry Potter wands are now lighting up London for J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity Lumos

Nine giant Harry Potter wands are now illuminating the walkway between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in support of J.K. Rowling charity.

Launched by the Grenadier Guards performing a live rendition of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, nine giant wands lit up Peter’s Hill in London for the first time as Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos opened to the public this morning.

The new installation, part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, was created to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity Lumos in the lead-up to the 16th November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new Wizarding World adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Beginning today (October 18), the giant wands will illuminate Peter’s Hill from 6:45 p.m., with a short light display to music every 30 minutes, and deluminate at 10:45 p.m. each evening until 13th November.

Head prop maker Pierre Bohanna, who created the wands used in the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films in close collaboration with J.K. Rowling, was at the event and spoke about how it felt to see his props transformed into fifteen-foot models to be enjoyed by the public.

“It’s amazing to see something you’ve worked on for two decades celebrated in such an awe-inspiring way,” Bohanna stated.

“Each of these wands were born in the extraordinary imagination of J.K. Rowling, and bringing them to life has been a labour of love for Stuart Craig, myself, and all the filmmakers, artists and actors who’ve had a hand in their creation for the films.

“To now see them realized in truly larger-than-life fashion for fans to enjoy is truly gratifying, and I thank Wild Creations for their wonderful work.”

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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