By Tiffani Daniel of Cosplay & Coffee
Every year, Universal Orlando holds a very magical event that brings Harry Potter fanatics from around the world together to celebrate J.K. Rowling brilliant universe. Witches, wizards, and even muggles gather at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to celebrate these books and films that have inspire so many of us.
This year, Universal’s 4th annual celebration indulged us in another star-studded event that patrons are sure to remember for years to come. The Malfoy reunion with Tom Felton (Draco) and Jason Isaacs (Lucius) is just one of the many magical moments that made this event . For those of you who had to skip out this year, enjoy a few of our favorite moments and some things you may have missed from the Celebration of Harry Potter.
Lucius Gets Political
Despite where you may stand on America’s newest political spectrum, it was interesting to see a perspective from the UK Harry Potter star, Jason Isaacs. When a journalist asked the Malfoys how their characters would respond to America’s new POTUS, Isaacs responded,
“I think Lucius would have been all for him. He would have put on a white pillowcase and charged up the hill behind him” elaborating that Malfoy was “a very recognizable racist and eugenicist who’s acting out of fear, and thinking that the past was a better time. … You don’t need to look too far without making cheap points to find politicians standing on those platforms. Those issues are never more relevant than today.” (via Orlando Weekly)
Tom Felton Sings Karaoke
Besides grabbing beers with a group of friends at City Walk’s NBC Sports Bar and Grill, Tom Felton ventured out into the club scene of CityWalk and stumbled upon one of its glorious gems: Rising Star. With only a stage, backup singers, and a microphone to offer, what else could Tom Felton do but get up on stage and grace the crowd with his glorious karaoke talents? Take a look at the video below of Tom Felton belting it out:
The Real Petrified Hermione
A Celebration of Harry Potter always has some sort of real prop from the films, but this year they brought something extremely life-like. Up on display at the expo is the real life prop of the Petrified Hermione. For a little reminder: In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hermione discovers (in the library, of course) that it is actually a basilisk that is causing students to become petrified. On her way to tell Harry and Ron, she uses the mirror to check corners for the snake, whom she unfortunately runs into.
We scoured through the parks to find the best Harry Potter cosplays, but to tell the truth, there were just too many! Instead, we dove through the Instagram archives and found these stunning cosplays from A Celebration of Harry Potter!
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About Tiffani: Tiffani is a writer and a creator. Ever since reading Harry Potter in her third-grade classroom ten years ago, she has made every effort to bring her own imagination to life. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. When she’s not writing her own fiction, she’s writing for her website Cosplay & Coffee or Movie Pilot.com. She’s a cosplayer who enjoys sharing others content as well as creating her own cosplay YouTube tutorials.