Published on Aug 31st 2022
New product and game announcements, a Yule Ball experience and a Wizarding World festival? Yes please. Here’s everything you need to know from our Back to Hogwarts 2022 – A Look Ahead showcase, including a few extra things you may have missed.

This year, Back to Hogwarts day is back with a bang, as we celebrate with fans all over the world to commemorate a new term at the most magical school. And it wouldn’t be a proper Back to Hogwarts day without some traditional start-of-term announcements.

Led by our gracious host Vick Hope, we announced a series of exciting events, products and general Wizarding World updates to get very happy about, which you can catch up on right here.


Hogwarts Legacy, launching February 10th, 2023

Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world, action role-playing-game set in the 1800s wizarding world, which puts players at the center of their own adventure.

An unexpected Hogwarts Legacy easter egg was unveiled in a side quest to castle ruins, the same ruins seen in the Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure. It is just one of the many references hidden in Hogwarts Legacy for eagled-eyed fans to discover.

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Wizarding World fans can also link their Harry Potter Fan Club account with their Warner Bros. Games account to import their house and wand into Hogwarts Legacy. Based on the Harry Potter Fan Club’s official Sorting Experience, together with the Wand Ceremony, players can bring their authentic self into Hogwarts Legacy. Linking accounts will also unlock a Beaked Skull Mask and exclusive “House Fan-Atic School Robes” in game, a special set of robes so players can represent their Hogwarts house with style.

Find out more by heading to https://www.wizardingworld.com/legacyconnect.

There was also a look at the entrances and interiors of the house common rooms at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Starting with Slytherin’s entrance hidden behind a slithering arch of a stone serpent, through the lavish Gryffindor common room set in one of the tallest towers, and the warm, brightly lit Ravenclaw lounge, to the not often seen Hufflepuff common room bathed in natural sunlight through a skylight, players will have plenty to explore in the game.

A First Glance at Harry Potter Magic Caster Wand™

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Coming soon to the UK and the US is the Harry Potter Magic Caster Wand, this wand experience brings spells to life in an all-new way and will make every day magical.

With the wand and companion app, users can connect their smart home devices to create a truly immersive, multi-sensory casting experience, and can master and unlock over 50 spells for hours of interactive fun.

The wand will be available in three different designs, with a limited-edition design available exclusively for Harry Potter Fan Club members.

For more information and to stay up to date with the latest news and announcements, head to https://www.harrypottermagiccasterwand.com/.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition – 2 Brand New Venues Announced

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The most comprehensive touring exhibition ever presented about the Wizarding World will be coming to Atlanta Georgia on October 21 at 200 Peachtree Street, before making its European debut in the METAStadt, Vienna Austria on December 16.

Tickets for Atlanta and Vienna will go on sale on September 28, fans who are members of the Harry Potter Fan Club will receive exclusive access to presale tickets on September 25.

Register at https://harrypotterexhibition.com/ to be the first to hear the latest news.

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience – New Locations

Inspired by the iconic Forbidden Forest and featuring creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, mesmerizing lights will transform the landscape into a magical outdoor trail.

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Visitors to Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience will discover some of their most favorite moments from the Forbidden Forest, encounter mystical creatures such as Hippogriffs, centaurs, unicorns, and Nifflers, and practice casting their very own spells.

The breath-taking light trail will return to Cheshire in the UK (from October 15) and arrive in Westchester, New York (from October 22) and Leesburg, Virginia (from October 29).

For more information head to https://hpforbiddenforestexperience.com/.

Harry Potter: Magic at Play – First-Look Rendering of Quidditch Skills Training

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Harry Potter: Magic at Play revealed a special rendering of its Quidditch skills training games space, providing the very first look at this hands-on experience. Guests will be invited to practice the Quidditch fundamentals for various player positions including Seeker, Beater and Chaser.

This brand new, first-of-its-kind interactive experience will make its worldwide debut on November 11 at Chicago’s iconic Water Tower Place. Guest of all ages will be able to, climb, and play their way through familiar places such as the Dursley’s living room, Hogwarts classrooms and the quidditch pitch.

Visit https://harrypottermagicatplay.com/chicago/ to join the waiting list and learn about future locations.

Harry Potter: A Yule Ball Celebration – A Spellbinding Affair

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‘Have you ever dreamt of attending the Yule Ball? This fall, fans are invited to the unique celebratory gathering, “Harry Potter: A Yule Ball Celebration,” coming to select cities across the globe, including Milan, Montreal, Houston and Mexico City.

Harry Potter: A Yule Ball Celebration is a spellbinding affair where guests will be able to participate in iconic and beloved moments inspired J.K. Rowling’s magical stories and scenes from the Harry Potter film series. The experience features several Wizarding World elements and celebrates the Yule Ball moment in a whimsical, elegant way. Although not mandatory, guests are encouraged to dress up in their best formal Wizarding World attire.

With the many different offerings at the Ball, from interacting with hosts to various photo opportunities, you don’t even need to know how to dance in order to partake in the experience and have fun. Throughout the event, attendees can enjoy delicious food and beverages, as well as a market featuring branded merchandise.

Tickets will become available from September 8th; fans are encouraged to sign up to the waitlist to receive early information on ticket availability by city and can follow HarryPotterYuleBallCelebration.com.

Wizarding World Festival – A Weekend of Magical Memories Is Waiting

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Wizarding World Festival - an epic celebration of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and the Entire Wizarding World is coming to the U.S. in 2023.

The 3-day festival will include not-to-be-missed panel discussions, film screenings, special guest appearances, cosplay and trivia competitions, autograph signings, photo opportunities, exclusive merchandise, special announcements, and more magical experiences, all taking place in enchanting environments befitting of the magical world created by J.K. Rowling.

The Wizarding World Festival will be the ultimate fan experience, designed to ignite and engage fans from around the globe.

Further details about the Wizarding World Festival, including location and dates, will be announced soon.

Fans are invited to visit WizardingWorldFestival.com to sign up for the latest information.

To stay up to date with the latest Back to Hogwarts and Wizarding World news, content and announcements, join the community of millions of members by signing up to the Harry Potter Fan Club.


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