Next month, as excitement builds for the 16 November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new Wizarding World adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, an installation of nine giant wands will illuminate the walkway between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.
Standing fifteen feet tall, the wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – are the centrepiece of the new installation, Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos. It is set to light up Peter’s Hill every night at 6:45pm from 18th October to 12th November.
Created in association with Lumos as part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, the
installation also kicks off a series of exciting activities for fans every “Wizarding Wednesday,” including wand training and a live performance of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films by a military marching band.
Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire & Spain, and President, Harry Potter Global Franchise Development said: “We are thrilled to partner with Lumos on this landmark installation, which is sure to delight fans and the tens of thousands of commuters and tourists passing through Peter’s Hill each day.
“London has played a huge role in the on-screen legacy of the Wizarding World, from King’s Cross Station to Millennium Bridge, not to mention the nearby Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden – which has housed countless iconic sets across all ten films and nearly two decades – providing a major boost to the UK film industry.
“Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos is emblematic of this unique relationship, celebrating the magic of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts here in London while raising awareness for the vital work being done by Lumos on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”
The official Fantastic Beasts twitter account also released a video of Jude Law & Eddie Redmayne promoting the new installation in aid of Lumos:
We are thrilled to announce that #FantasticBeasts: Wizarding World Wands Supporting Lumos, a breathtaking installation, will be lighting up London! Keep an eye out for future updates: https://t.co/kJB6dj7ZZU#WandsReady pic.twitter.com/PT2oXJF37E
— Fantastic Beasts (@BeastsMovieUK) September 20, 2018
In the video we also see some second-long snippets of new Crimes of Grindelwald footage – notably, Nicolas Flamel doing battle with Grindelwald in the mausoleum in addition to Leta firing spells from behind, which Grindelwald deflects:
In some seconds-long new #CrimesOfGrindelwald footage, we see not only Nicolas Flamel in the mausoleum fighting Grindelwald, firing spells which he deflects, but also Leta Lestrange
— Fantastic Beasts Film Series (@FBFilmSeries) September 20, 2018
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