‘Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle’ Debuts at Universal Studios

The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” is illuminating Hogwarts castle and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter nightly from now until April 28 at Universal Studios Hollywood and will return from May 25 – 27.

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Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort invite guests to experience an exciting new dimension of sorcery at “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” with the introduction of the “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle,” a powerful, original and breathtaking projection experience.

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This exciting all-new experience in “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” casts a mesmerizing display of light, music and special effects, unleashing the darkest creatures and villains, including the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort. 

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Illuminating a darker side of the Wizarding World, this spectacular new light projection experience is a departure from previous “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” and “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” brings more intense tones and drama that reflect the Dark creatures and wizards that challenge goodness in the Wizarding World. 

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The ScarePop team attended the press preview last night, and can honestly say the experience is a majestic and spooky delight. Full of Dementors, Death Eaters, spiders, dragons, trolls, and of course an appearance from “He who should not be named” himelf (aka Lord Voldermort) the technically impressive, awe-inspiring lightshow is sure to set your dark heart aflutter and fill you with a darkly magical sense of wonder. A highly recommended experience.

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Note: Universal Orlando Resort’s experience will debut later this year with dates to be announced at a later time.

More from the press release:

As darkness falls on Hogwarts castle, Dementors™, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures from Aragog and Mountain Trolls to Thestrals will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic—even conjuring the visage of Lord Voldemort™ himself, until the Patronus spell—one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world—is cast. 

The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will be accompanied by an exclusive musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment. It was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London, based on the original scores composed for the film series created by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun throughout the year for $149 when purchased online. Blackout dates and restrictions apply. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details.  

At Universal Orlando, guests can take advantage of an unprecedented offer featuring up to six months free on any Universal Orlando Annual Pass if purchased before April 4, 2019. Click here for more details about Annual and Seasonal Pass options.

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