The three-day event features presentations, exhibits, and panels all devoted to everything Potter, including appearances by actors from the Harry Potter films. Universal Orlando webcast this evening's presentation with with Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood). Skip to 22:11 for the beginning of the broadcast. The stage presentation begins at 26:27.
The big news out of the event was the reveal of the other wizarding schools around the world, in addition to already-revealed Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang.
To support the reveal at the celebration, J.K. Rowling this evening on Pottermore posted descriptions of the Japanese school, Mahoutokoro, the African school Uagadou, and the Brazilian school Castelobruxo, in addition to revealing that the American wizarding school is named Ilvermorny.
If you are counting, that leaves four of the 11 "long-established and prestigious" wizarding schools around the world unrevealed.
By the way, if you have not visited Pottermore recently, the site has relaunched, dropping its illustrated click-through narratives of the books, dueling, souvenir collecting and other game-like features in favor of adopting a much more elegant, straight-forward approach as a news portal, featuring occasional supplementary writing about the Wizarding World from J.K. Rowling. You will have to create a new account to log in, though you have the option of retaining your house and wand from a previous Pottermore account. Or, you can just go through the site's new sorting ceremony to get a new house assignment.
The Celebration of Harry Potter continues at Universal Orlando through Sunday, and is included with park admission.Tweet
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