Grab your wands, and prepare to do battle with the most wicked creatures at Hogwarts, because the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is under attack by Death Eaters and dementors alike — and it's up to you to stop them! For two weeks only, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort are inviting guests to experience the moody side of magic and take part in a breathtaking light projection show called the "Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle." A darkness has engulfed Hogwarts, and sinister creatures like mountain trolls, giant spiders, and even Lord Voldemort himself are expected to make an appearance in this magical display of light, music, and special effects, bringing the villains of the Harry Potter films to life.
Located in a surround-sound environment, the light show production will also be accompanied by an exclusive musical arrangement based on the films' original scores and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. Unlike "The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" and "The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle," "Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle" will be a more intense and dramatic experience, shedding some light on the other side of the wizarding world. As the visage of Lord Voldemort haunts visitors and Aragog wreaks havoc on the castle, only the power of the Patronus spell will be able to bring the light back to Hogwarts.
The all new Wizarding World spectacular will illuminate the exterior of Hogwarts castle nightly from April 13-28 and again from May 25-27 at Universal Studios Hollywood. The park is also offering special premiere tickets for an exclusive sneak peek at the light show on April 11 and April 12. Universal Orlando Resort dates have yet to be announced, but we can bet happiness can be found at Hogwarts in even in the darkest of times, "if one only remembers to turn on the light."