Update, 5.31.17: we’ve finally got new video of the official show! Head to the 2nd video at the bottom of the post!
Over the last few years, Universal Studios has given the Disney Parks quite a run for their money, especially with the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in both their Orlando and Southern California parks. And just like Disney ‘s spectacular light shows such as Fanstasmic and World of Color, Universal is looking to do the same with J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter in the Hollywood Studios theme park.
According to Slashfilm, back when Universal Studios Hollywood held the grand opening of the West Coast version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they displayed an incredible, high-tech light show onto the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Now, The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle will be coming to the park on a regular basis, in a new projection mapping show that is said to spotlight the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin.
The nighttime spectacular will have a rousing ending with giant beams of lights that will shoot out into the night sky, accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, based on his original scores composed for the film series. There will be multiple shows each night, and live rehearsals for annual pass holders are said to be starting in June, in advance of the June 23 grand opening.
You can check out a video down below of the opening night ceremony show at Universal Studios Hollywood, which around the 11 minute mark, shows a light show that uses projection mapping on the castle. While the new show won’t be the exact same thing, it gives Harry Potter fans a good idea of what to expect come June.
And now—at long last!—we’ve got footage of the actual, official show itself. Ready your oohs and ahhs:
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