Dark Arts spell cast on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
At both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orland Resort, guests can experience a new dimension of sorcery at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with the introduction of the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle, an original projection experience. The Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will illuminate Hogwarts castle and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter nightly from April 13 – 28 at Universal Studios Hollywood then return from May 25 – 27. Universal Orlando Resort’s experience will debut later this year with dates to be announced at a later time.
This all-new experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will cast a mesmerizing display of light, music and special effects, unleashing the darkest creatures and villains, including the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort. Illuminating a darker side of the Wizarding World, this new light projection experience will be a departure from previous The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle and The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will bring more intense tones and drama that reflect the Dark creatures and wizards that challenge goodness in the Wizarding World.
Guests will be asked to summon their inner strength and bravery in the face of the all-consuming Dark Arts as some of the awe-inspiring moments and creatures inspired by the films come to life within the majestic light display. As darkness falls on Hogwarts castle, Dementors, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures from Aragog and Mountain Trolls to Thestrals will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic—even conjuring the visage of Lord Voldemort himself, until the Patronus spell—one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world—is cast.
The Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will be accompanied by an exclusive musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment. It was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London, based on the original scores composed for the film series created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.
Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle. From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.