Forget Diagon Alley, a sprinkling of Harry Potter magic is set to light up Hull and Stoke-on-Trent as the two cities welcome the Wizarding World Wand Tour this spring.
Celebrating the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, in cinemas on 8 April 2022, the tour will see nine giant wands create an illuminated installation in four cities, launching in Hull, before later heading to The Potteries.
Standing 15 feet tall and set within concrete bases, the wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the favourite characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – will illuminate each evening, performing a light show to the thrilling music from the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films.
The four chosen cities – Hull, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Reading – were voted for by the public and will each host the exciting display for seven days.
Hull, which received the most public votes, will launch the tour when the city’s Queen Victoria Square becomes a sorcery sensation between 2 – 8 March as the stunning installation takes up residence.
After a spell in Birmingham, the display will then arrive in Stoke-on-Trent, where the installation will be situated at the Smithfield development in Hanley between 21 and 27 March.
Polly Cochrane, Country Manager WarnerMedia UK & Ireland, says: “We are delighted that this stunning installation will be touring for the first time next month and the magic will be shared with even more fans. Following a nationwide vote, it’s exciting to know that we’re bringing the wands to the biggest Wizarding World fans across the UK as we celebrate the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.”
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the newest adventure in the Wizarding WorldTM created by J.K. Rowling.
For more details about the movie, visit www.fantasticbeasts.co.uk
For tourism information about Hull, see www.visithull.org
For tourism information about Stoke-on-Trent, see www.visitstoke.co.uk
Artists’ impressions of the wands at Queen Victoria Square, Hull (above), and Smithfield, Stoke-on-Trent, below.