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Leicester Square set to illuminate with giant Harry Potter wands

Leicester Square in London set to glisten with breathtaking installation of giant replica wands.

harry potter wand installation leicester square london

London’s Leicester Square is set to glisten with a breathtaking installation of giant wands to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Nine replica wands will illuminate the gardens at Leicester Square, where Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone premiered in 2001, from October 13 through to October 25.

Polly Cochrane, Warner Bros country manager (UK, Ireland), said the company is “thrilled to unveil the Wizarding World wands in London’s Leicester Square to celebrate the 20th anniversary”.

Leicester Square “has played its part in the Wizarding World legacy by hosting premieres for the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films over two decades, so we are delighted to bring the wands here for fans to enjoy”, she added.

Harry Potter wand installation in London

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The 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone falls on November 16, 2021. It will be celebrated with special screenings in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from October 29.

Additional offerings include a Platform 9 ¾ trolley tour of train stations across the UK in October, with fans able to recreate the Harry Potter scene that takes place at the magical brick wall in London’s King’s Cross.

The wands will also tour four UK cities ahead of the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore on April 8, 2022. Hull, Stoke, Reading and Birmingham will display the wands from March next tear.

The Wizarding World has grown to become one of the world’s biggest brands, appearing in video and mobile games, innovative consumer products, live entertainment, exhibitions and theme parks.

Images: The Wizarding World

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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