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'Harry Potter' actors at Universal Orlando fan weekend to include Hagrid, Dumbledore

Among the actors coming for Universal Orlando’s second Celebration of Harry Potter is Michael Gambon, who plays Dumbledore. Ticket packages start at $219.
Among the actors coming for Universal Orlando’s second Celebration of Harry Potter is Michael Gambon, who plays Dumbledore. Ticket packages start at $219.
Published Nov. 19, 2014

Hagrid, Dumbledore, Luna and the Weasley twins will be coming to Orlando in January for Universal Orlando's second Celebration of Harry Potter, a weekend of fan events at the theme park with actors, panel discussion and demonstrations from film's creators.

The theme park is bringing actors Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and brothers James and Oliver Phelps, who played the mischievous Fred and George Weasley in the films based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling books. They will be on a panel and taking questions during the Potter fest.

The special packages for the Potter weekend sold out last year, but fans could still see many of the events without priority seating. For its second year, the Celebration of Harry Potter will be Jan. 30-Feb. 1, with hotel and ticket packages starting at $219.

In addition to the actors, the park is bringing in Paul Harris, "the world's only wand combat choreographer," as well as Kazu Kibuishi, the illustrator of Scholastic's newest Harry Potter book covers, and visual graphic artists Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina, prop designers for the films and advisers for the theme park's new Diagon Alley section. A Harry Potter Expo will be set up inside a Universal sound stage for any park visitor to see with movie props, a Sorting Hat section and other activities and demonstrations.

While most of the weekend's activities are open to all visitors, those with special vacation packages will get early admission, special events and reserved sections for panels and demonstrations.

New this year will be some kids discussions and trivia contests and interactive experiences such as a special dueling demonstration, wand combat class and "Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang" experience.

For tickets and event information see universalorlando.com/celebration.