Harry Potter fans rejoice: Universal Studios just announced an exciting new addition to its Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Coming this spring, “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will be a dark magic light show featuring Lord Voldemort himself.
“This exciting 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,” a February 28 press release describes. “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.”
At both the Hollywood and Orlando parks, the stunning show, complete with special effects and music, will light up the side of Hogwarts castle each night with images of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Dementors, and Death Eaters. Before the night is over, a Patronus charm will be cast to banish the dark forces.
The show’s exclusive soundtrack, conducted by William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony in London, will be based on the original music from the movie franchise by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.
According to the press release, “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will arrive at Universal Studios Hollywood April 13-28 and then return from May 25-27. The company has yet to announce when the show will appear at the Universal Orlando Resort.
It’s not the only new attraction coming to the Wizarding World this year, either. A new roller coaster, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, is set to open in June at the Florida park.