Pot­ter celebration van­ishes for 2019

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - Jen­nifer San­galang

Spell gone wrong? Uni­ver­sal Or­lando Re­sort says it won't be host­ing its annual celebration of all things Harry Pot­ter next year.

But don't worry, Mug­gles. The theme park gi­ant is plan­ning a new thrill ride and other ex­pe­ri­ences at one of the two Wiz­ard­ing World of Harry Pot­ter sec­tions.

The re­sort said Fri­day that the con­struc­tion of a new thrill ride and other yet-to-be-an­nounced ex­pe­ri­ences at the Wiz­ard­ing World of Harry Pot­ter: Hogsmeade in its Is­lands of Ad­ven­ture park pre­vents it from host­ing A Celebration of Harry Pot­ter in 2019. Hogsmeade opened in 2010, and the park has ex­panded its Harry Pot­ter­verse ev­ery year since.

The Wiz­ard­ing World of Harry Pot­ter: Di­agon Al­ley, housed in Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, opened in 2014, along with the Hog­warts Ex­press tram, which con­nects the two wiz­ard­ing worlds.

The annual Celebration of Harry Pot­ter at­tracts ac­tors from the Harry Pot­ter movies for ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sions, lessons on wand du­el­ing and cos­tume con­tests, among other events. The first was in 2014.

The re­sort says it looks for­ward to host­ing fu­ture Harry Pot­ter events.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Wiz­ard­ing World of Harry Pot­ter, visit uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com.

Ac­tors Matthew Lewis and Evanna Lynch are pro-Pot­ter. FLORIDA TO­DAY

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