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Nine giant Harry Potter wands are travelling across England

Look out for the wand-ering magic in four UK cities next month

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen

Nine giant Harry Potter wands are on the move across the country. Originally, a Leicester Square installation late last year, an illuminated walkway comprising 15-foot-tall versions on the famous wands will be popping up in four cities across England next month.

The studio behind Harry Potter, Warner Bros., will be wingardium leviosa’ing the wand walkway to Hull, Birmingham, Stoke and Reading to promote the release of its next Fantastic Beasts movie, The Secrets of Dumbledore, on April 8.

Every night, the wands will light up, accompanied by music from the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films.

The four locations were picked by public ballot, with Hull, the opening venue, receiving the most votes. Here’s where you can find them:

– Hull, Queen Victoria Square: March 2-8
– Birmingham, the Bullring: March 11-17 
– Stoke-on-Trent, Smithfield: March 21-27
– Reading, The Oracle Shopping Centre: March 30 - April 5

The nine wands represent Harry Potter’s most notable characters (who aren’t Dobby) – Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore and Voldemort – as well as three key Fantastic Beasts peeps: Young Grindelwald, Queenie Goldstein and Newt Scamander.

Harry Potter wands
Photograph: Warner Bros.The Bullring, Birmingham

‘We are delighted that this stunning installation will be touring for the first time next month and the magic will be shared with even more fans,’ says Warners’ Polly Cochrane.

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