Universal will debut new ‘Dark Arts’ light show at Hogwarts this weekend

Death Eaters, Voldemort and other creepy creatures from the world of Harry Potter star in the nighttime display.
"Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle," the new light projection show at Universal Orlando, will open this weekend, running on select nights through Nov. 15. Universal Orlando
"Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle," the new light projection show at Universal Orlando, will open this weekend, running on select nights through Nov. 15. Universal Orlando
Published September 11
Updated September 11

Dark magic and creepy creatures from the world of Harry Potter will star in a new light projection show called “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle," launching on Saturday at Universal Orlando.

Set inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Islands of Adventure theme park, the nighttime display will continue on select nights through Nov. 15, Universal has announced.

The show, which uses high-tech projection mapping that makes it look like the castle is moving, will include Death Eaters, Dementors, Arago, mountain trolls and other magical figures dreamed up by author J.K. Rowling.

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“Guests will be asked to summon their inner strength and bravely face the Dark Arts and the visage of the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, until the Patronus spell — one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world — is cast,” according to a Universal Orlando news release.

That Patronus spell first appeared when “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” debuted at Universal’s California theme park last spring. It features (weather permitting) the first use of lighted drones in a nighttime production to add to the special effects. The swirling, flying lights will turn into Harry Potter’s Patronus stag during the finale of the show to drive out Dementors.

Universal Orlando’s holiday celebration, which includes the “Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” show, starts Nov. 16.

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