Giant Harry Potter wands will illuminate the city in the lead up to the new Fantastic Beasts film release.
To celebrate the upcoming launch of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a magical installation of nine giant wands will illuminate between Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral. It will also help to raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.
The wands, which stand at fifteen feet tall, are giant versions of those belonging to characters in both the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. They will light up St Peter’s Hill, between Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral, between October 18th and November 13th, illuminating at 6.45pm every evening. There will be a short light display to music every 30 minutes, until the lights switch off at 10:45pm.
The installation also marks the beginning of a series of “Wizarding Wednesdays”, which will include a variety of magical activities for Harry Potter fans. Every Wednesday while the installation stands, muggles can take part in wand training (October 24), or watch a spellbinding live performance of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films by a marching military band (November 7). Find out more about Wizarding Wednesdays’ events here.
They’re also offering magical prizes every Wednesday, including private screenings of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – enter here and you’ll be automatically entered into the draw every week.
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