Happy New Year and welcome to 2018, folks! My favorite part about the beginning
of the year is filling my planner with fun things I can look forward to in the months
to follow. This year, I took some time to mark five fun Harry Potter related things
that are to come because, why not? Get your quills ready to mark these down on your
calendar as well.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway
Beginning February 7, 2018 at 11:00 am EST, more tickets for the highly anticipated
Broadway debut of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released. The debut
performance of the screenplay based on the work of the wonderful J.K. Rowling is on
March 16, 2018. The show runs just under a full year, through March 9, 2019.
If you can’t wait to see the play on Broadway, pick up your copy of the screenplay
and give it a read beforehand.
Harry Potter Book Night 2018
On February 1, 2018, celebrate your love of the Harry Potter books with loved ones
and new readers by participating in Harry Potter Book Nights hosted by
Bloomsbury. This year’s Book Night is focused on the magical world of years’ past
found in Fantastic Beasts. If you want to get in on the magical fun, head over to
Bloomsbury’s event website and register. Once you register, you can download or
receive a printed event kit that contains all sorts of worksheets and other materials
to keep the magic alive. Make sure you act quickly; you only have until January 31 to
register to receive your event kit.
If you decide to host an event at your home, add an extra layer of playfulness with
this set of Harry Potter costume pieces. What better way to get in the spirit of Harry
Potter than dressing up as your favorite character?
Two Wizarding World Mobile Games
The creators of Pokemon Go have expanded their augmented reality (AR) mobile
game portfolio to now include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The AR mobile
game called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite “will use state-of- the-art augmented reality
mobie technology to put magic in the hands of aspiring wizards and witches
worldwide.” There is no official release date yet, but it is set to be released sometime
The second Potter game coming to mobile devices in 2018 follows the format of a
traditional role paying game. Players will be sorted into their houses and experience
life at Hogwarts like the witches and wizards we are used to watching. From participating in different classes to meandering the Hogwarts ground, Harry Potter:
Hogwarts Mystery is sure to delight all Potter fans.
Both games are officially licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Six New Experiences Coming to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London
If there was ever a time to make a trip to London to take a look at all things Harry
Potter, 2018 is the time. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is adding six new
experiences to their infamous tour of the Harry Potter set. I am most excited about
the Goblet of Fire exhibit that will run from March 30 – September 23. The goblet
will make its first Great Hall appearance since filming wrapped years ago and there
will be live demonstrations of how the parchment shot out of the goblet. To see the
full list of experiences coming in 2018, check out this article from Attractions
Fantastic Beasts 2 Hits Theaters in November
‘Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald’ hits theaters November 16. Whereas
the first movie took us on a trip around New York, the sequel brings up to Europe
where we meet a young Albus Dumbledore and his friend turned enemy, Gellert
Grindelwald. This film has already received all sorts of press and has Potter fans
already excited about what’s to come.