October 28, 2021


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Giant Harry Potter wand installation celebrates 20 years of magic

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A breathtaking installation of giant wands has been unveiled to mark 20 years of the Harry Potter film franchise.

The wands are exact replicas of those belonging to nine beloved characters from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films and have been unveiled in Leicester Square in London, the site of the premiere for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001.

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The installation was revealed with a dynamic wand training class from Paul Harris, who worked as a wand choreographer on the Harry Potter films, for children from a local school.

The nine wands will be illuminated from 6 pm to 8.35 pm every evening from yesterday 13 October until the 25th and form part of the Inside Out Festival – which brings art, entertainment and culture to Westminster.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the first ‘Harry Potter’ film, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,’ an installation of nine giant wands was unveiled at London’s Leicester Square, where the movie premiered in 2001 pic.twitter.com/BB1pXUPc0F

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The 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter film franchise will be marked on 16 November and will be celebrated with special screenings in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

The installation will then tour four cities in Britain in the lead-up to the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore in April 2022.

Following a nationwide vote on the wands’ next destinations, Hull, Stoke, Reading and Birmingham will each display the wands for a week from March onwards.

Polly Cochrane, Country Manager UK and Ireland at Warner Bros said:

“It is so exciting to have the Wizarding World Wands brought back to London and we are thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ being released in UK cinemas.”

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