Stunning Wizarding World Wands Have Been Unveiled In Hull In Celebration Of FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE
Hull has kicked off the dazzling Wizarding World Wands tour in the buildup to the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, in cinemas on 8th April 2022
The launch saw local fan switching on the lights for the first stop of the UK tour, alongside Lord Mayor Lynn Petrini
Celebrations also included wand training with Paul Harris, wand choreographer from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and a projection lighting up the City Hall
Installation consists of nine 15ft-tall wands representing nine beloved characters from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films
The wands will be available to visit in Queen Victoria Square from now until the 8th March, before departing to Birmingham, then Stoke-on-Trent and finally Reading, being displayed in each location for seven magical days
Hundreds gathered in the historic Queen Victoria Square today to witness the launch of the stunning Wizarding World Wand installation in Hull, in celebration of the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Yorkshire Wizarding World fans of all ages were able to witness the beautiful light display and music that marked the start of the highly anticipated tour and were delighted with additional projections on the historic City Hall building.
The launch celebrations were kicked-off with a dynamic wand training class, led by wand choreographer Paul Harris, for local children from St Michael's Youth Project and St Cuthberts Scout Organisation. The festivities continued with lucky local fan Brandon, aged 9, given the opportunity to switch on the lights alongside Lord Mayor Cllr Lynn Petrini and Paul Harris.
Mother of super fan Brandon and Wizarding World super fan Laura Mohammed Inglis says “Our family have always been big Wizarding World fans so for him to have the opportunity to turn on the wand lights was so exciting for him, he won’t ever forget it. He had this date in his calendar for weeks and was so happy to get all dressed up. It’s just so lovely to see everyone come together and we didn’t want to miss out on something that is so great for our community.”
Standing 15 feet tall and set in concrete bases, the nine wands – representing those belonging to some of the favourite characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – will be illuminated every evening from 6:30 - 10:30pm, from today until 8th March. Adding to the spectacle, every half hour during that time, the wands will perform light shows, set to thrilling music from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.
The four chosen cities -- Hull, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Reading -- were voted for by the public and will each host the exciting installation for seven days. Hull, which received the most public votes, launched the tour, and will be followed by Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and ending in Reading. The full dates and locations for the remainder of the tour are:
- Birmingham, the Bullring - 11th - 17th March
- Stoke-on-Trent, Smithfield - 21st - 27th March
- Reading, The Oracle Shopping Centre - 30th March - 5th April
Councillor Rosemary Pantelakis, Portfolio Holder for Culture said, “I’m delighted to see this incredible tour kicking off in Hull, and Queen Victoria Square provides the perfect backdrop for the Wizarding World Wand display.
“After topping the national public vote on where the wands will travel to, and being one of only four locations in the country lucky enough to be playing host, it’s fantastic to see the people of Hull coming in their droves to experience this magical installation.”
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FANTASTIC BEAST: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE IS IN CINEMAS ON APRIL 8
About Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” is the newest adventure in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling.
Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?
The film features an ensemble cast, including Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”), Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, William Nadylum, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Fiona Glascott, Katherine Waterston, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Richard Coyle, Oliver Masucci, Valerie Pachner, and Mads Mikkelsen.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” was directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling & Steve Kloves, based upon a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film was produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis. Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger, Courtenay Valenti and Michael Sharp served as executive producers.
The film’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography George Richmond (“Rocketman”), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” films) and production designer Neil Lamont (“Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” the last four “Harry Potter” films), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Mänz (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” the “Fantastic Beasts” films), and four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”). The music is by nine-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (“News of the World,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Defiance,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Hunger Games” films).
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates film, “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” in cinemas from 8th April 2022. The film will be distributed worldwide in select cinemas and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.
About The Wizarding World
In the years since Harry Potter was whisked from King’s Cross Station onto Platform 9 3/4 his incredible adventures have left a unique and lasting mark on popular culture. Eight blockbuster Harry Potter films based on the original stories by J.K. Rowling have brought the magical stories to life and today, the Wizarding World is recognised as one of the world’s best-loved brands.
Representing a vast interconnected universe, it also includes three epic Fantastic Beasts films, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the multi-award-winning stage-play, state-of-the-art video and mobile games from Portkey Games, innovative consumer products, thrilling live entertainment (including four theme park lands) and insightful exhibitions.
This expanding portfolio of Warner Bros. owned Wizarding World experiences also includes Harry Potter New York – a brand new flagship store, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo, and the Platform 9 3⁄4 retail shops.
The Wizarding World continues to evolve to provide Harry Potter fans with fresh and exciting ways to engage. For the worldwide fan community, and for generations to come, it welcomes everyone in to explore and discover the magic for themselves