CEL­E­BRATION OF HARRY POTTER WILL NOT RETURN TO UNIVERSAL IN 2019

The dragon on top of Gringotts Bank at Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley. Celebration of Harry Potter, the weekend festival that was spread across Universal's Potter lands, will not return in 2019. (Christie Zizo, Staff)

The dragon on top of Gringotts Bank at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley. Celebration of Harry Potter, the weekend festival that was spread across Universal’s Potter lands, will not return in 2019. (Christie Zizo, Staff)

CEL­E­BRATION OF HARRY POTTER WILL NOT RETURN TO UNIVERSAL IN 2019

By Spectrum News Staff  |  September 7, 2018 @5:51 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. — Celebration of Harry Potter, the weekend-long Potterverse event usually held in January at Universal Orlando, won’t be coming back next year.

  • Universal ends Celebration of Harry Potter
  • Promises new fan experiences next year
  • Celebration was held annually since 2014

Universal finally confirmed a rumor Friday that had lingered for months on the internet.

The resort issued this statement:

“Universal Orlando Resort is working on exciting new experiences for guests to continue to celebrate The Wizarding World next year. These include the all-new thrill ride coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and additional fan experiences that have yet to be announced. While our focus on these fan experiences means we will not be hosting A Celebration of Harry Potter in 2019, we and other Universal theme parks will always be looking for opportunities to host special Wizarding World experiences.”

Universal promised details would come soon about those new experiences.

Celebration of Harry Potter started in 2014 and became a popular annual event. It combined the parks’ already popular Potter areas with an expo of activities encompassing the films, the books, the Pottermore website and traveling museum tours.

Universal brought Potter celebrities to the parks for Q and As, like Michael Gambon and Robbie Coltrane, and had sessions on things like the design of the Potter world and wand dueling.

Fans also used the event as an opportunity to dress as their favorite characters and meet other fans.

The last event was in January 2018.