As the release date approaches, the Voice of London gives you fun and creative ideas on how to celebrate Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Reporter: Cecilia Peruzzi | Sub-Editor: Yasmin Jeffery
We are now just a few days away from one of the most exciting events of the year, the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
18 November will not only be seeing the release of one of the most awaited movies (Mr. Yates, it’s been a long 5 years since the last Harry Potter movie), but also the publication of its screenplay.
To all the Potterheads in London, here are seven fun ways to celebrate the release:
1. Harry Potter Exhibition, Miralima Store, Soho
The Miralima store in Soho was opened a couple of years ago by two of the movie series’ graphic designers.
The store is famous for selling Harry Potter memorabilia, including limited edition prints, stationery and posters.
The open exhibition showcases 15 years of creative collaborations in graphic designs, including authentic film props on loan from the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.
The exhibition is free and open everyday until February 4th 2017.
2. Harry Potter online shop
The only authorized online shop, the website will be selling exclusive movie t-shirts will be sold until the opening day on 18 November.
The website also exclusive merchandise including mugs, stationery, jewellery, clothes and magic wands (to the joy of your inner 11-year-old waiting to go to Hogwarts).
Alternatively you can just visit the 9 3/4 shop at King’s Cross St Pancras Station.
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie website
The movie website has been created in partnership with Google to offer fans the greatest experience.
Explore movie locations through the “Magic in New York” interactive map, visit the Google blog to find exclusive content such as Whatsapp stickers or participate to one of their numerous competitions (hint: the prizes are preeeeetty sweet).
4. Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Watford
Relive the excitement of the first 8 movies by strolling through Diagon Alley, Privet Drive and Dumbledore’s office by the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Even if you’ve already been, you were probably so impressed that you won’t mind going again and dragging a few fellow Potterheads along.
Information on the opening times and prices of the tour are available on the studio’s website, click here to visit.
5. Harry Potter & The London Pub Crawl, Zoo Bar, Leicester Square
The famous Central London bar will be hosting a Harry Potter themed party on November 18th, starting at 7pm and lasting until 3am.
Celebratory elements willl include photo opportunities, themed shots, goodies, a Hogwarts certificate and more.
For more info, visit the Zoo Bar page on Facebook.
6. Club De Fromage: Witches, Wizards, Potters and Goblins, O2 Academy Islington
The greatest pop club in London will also be hosting a themed night to celebrate the new Harry Potter prequel and the 30th anniversary of the labyrinth.
Get ready to dance the night away to your favourite pop tunes and don’t forget to don your best fancy dress on Saturday 26 November from 10.30pm to 3.30am.
7. Fantastic Beasts Masked Ball, Waterstones Piccadilly
Saving the best for last, the Piccadilly branch of the UK bookshop will be celebrating the release with a masked ball on November 18th at 9pm.
The (optional) dresscode is 1920s, to honour Newt Scamander and his incredible adventures.
Guests will be given a special password to enter the bookshop and will then be sorted in different houses with which they will compete for the night.
The string quartet & trio The Dotted Crotchets will be performing live and Miralima exclusive prints will be on display.
Tickets are £15 (ticket inlcudes entry, book copy, drink vouchers) and are available in store, online or by phone/email, visit the Waterstones website for more information.
How will you be celebrating? Let us know in the comments!