Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort have been home to one of the greatest light shows on earth. Set against the backdrop of Hogwarts Castle, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter illuminates with a magical show that everyone, even non-Harry Potter fans, can appreciate.
But something dark is coming to the castle this April as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort — will introduce a brand new light show call The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle.”
The show, which will run nightly from April 13 – 28 at Universal Studios Hollywood, then return from May 25 – 27, will be a mesmerizing display of light, music and special effects, unleashing the darkest creatures and villains, including the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort. Additionally, it will illuminate a darker side of the Wizarding World, this spectacular new light projection experience will be a departure from previous “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” and “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will bring more intense tones and drama that reflect the Dark creatures and wizards that challenge goodness in the Wizarding World.
In order to combat and defend against the darkness, guests are encouraged 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.
They will Dementors™, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures from Aragog and Mountain Trolls to Thestrals will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic—even conjuring the visage of Lord Voldemort™ himself, until the Patronus spell—one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world—is cast.
The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will be accompanied by an exclusive musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment. It was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London, based on the original scores composed for the film series created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.
While I haven’t experienced any of these light shows at the park for myself, I have noticed that they have changed the themes for it from time to time. This prevents things from getting repetitive and stale. Which is good, because it entices park guests to come back for a whole new experience.
And who knows, maybe if this is a big enough success, we could see it be added to the rotation. We just have to wait and see.