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August 16, 2019

- Pottermore announced the new Wizarding World app, which is to be launched soon! It's packed with new features, such as quizzes, news, polls, announcements and a brand new fanzine, called Wizading Weekly, which lands every Wednesday. Users in New Zealand will be able to test the app, dowloading it from Apple Store or Google Play.
Fictional

August 22, 1976

- Happy birthday, Percy Weasley. He's the third child of Molly and Arthur Weasley. At Hogwarts, Percy prefectand Head Boy. After graduating, Percy worked at the Ministry of Magic, causing a rift between his family and him which was settled after the fall of the ministry to the death eaters.
Cast & Crew

August 24, 1988

- Today, August 24, we want to wish a very happy 31st birthday to Rupert Grint. He was cast as Ron Weasley at the age of 11, without having much acting experience before. Ever since then, he starred in all eight Harry Potter movies until 2011 and we're more than happy about this and would like to thank Rupert for bringing smiles and laughter to us by portraying Ron so perfectly.
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As Harry Potter Web has announced (and which was confirmed by Universal) earlier next month, a new “highly themed coaster” was being built in the area that previously housed the Dragon Challenge dual roller coasters. Universal Orlando has finally provided us with a teasing look at the newest attraction by releasing a promotional art work.

It doesn’t have a name yet, but our first look at “the environment” being created for the “new experience” has arrived, and indeed it looks as though this new coaster will be set in the Forbidden Forest. We get a glimpse of Hogwarts in the background (which houses the cornerstone ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey), we see a coaster peeking out from a very dense forest, and we also see various Cornish pixies floating about, hinting at a bit of mayhem in the ride experience.

The attraction is being touted as Universal’s most highly-themed coaster yet, and it’s due to open sometime in 2019 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. The press release says more details about the “magical new adventure” will be revealed in early 2019 so we will hopefully learn more in the next few months. But for now, this piece of promo art is incredibly exciting, so check it out in our photo gallery.

No annual Harry Potter celebration to take place at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando in 2019.

Bad news to all those who were looking forward to Universal Orlando Resort’s annual celebration of all things Harry Potter: Universal announced they will not be hosting the magical celebration in 2019. Of course, they don’t do it for no reason.

Per AP News, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade, in the Islands of Adventure park, is getting a bit of a makeover. Word is the park is planning a new thrill ride, along with some other new and exciting experiences that have yet to be announced. Construction of the new attractions prevents the resort from being able to host their widely popular event.

The 2018 event brought hoards of fans together to partake in exciting activities that celebrated the magic of the books and movies. Guests participated in a park scavenger hunt, hopped aboard the Hogwarts Express, and were able to attend Q&A sessions with those working in and behind the scenes of the movies. In addition, there were costume contests, new mobile game Hogwarts Mystery was introduced, and visitors were able to attend a special performance of highlights from the Harry Potter Film Contest Series.