Here’s how all of our Wizarding World family got involved with Back to Hogwarts 2020.
You all know the tradition by now – but just one more time... At 11 o’ clock on the 1st September, this is the moment the Hogwarts Express departs Platform Nine and Three-Quarters and takes the students off to school. Every year, we all celebrate this special day in the Wizarding World calendar by counting down to 11 o' clock – and this year – we did so digitally. TV & radio broadcaster Vick Hope (in her finest Hogwarts regalia) presented a livestream full of quizzes, entertainment, Harry Potter activities - and we were treated to guest appearances from some famous faces.
Do not fear if you missed it! You can catch up on the show right here.
In the livestream, you’ll have spotted some Harry Potter film actors getting involved, such as James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins) Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy). There were also contributions from the cast members from different productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
We also had fans from all over the world joining us for the big countdown, of course, making the moment even more special. Not to mention trivia challenges, a snippet of Pottermore Publishing's Journeys to Hogwarts audio experience, and much more. We'll let you watch it for yourself.
For obvious reasons, fans were not able to partake in the annual congregation at King’s Cross Station in London this year. But we did find a magical way to bring you all together... across many different countries and continents.
Last week, we asked you to submit your favourite photo of yourself celebrating the Wizarding World, and you did not disappoint. You can now view the mosaic in all its glory, where all your contributions coalesce to create a giant image of Hogwarts. Contributions also featured at King’s Cross Station – so even though you couldn’t be there in person, you were, in your own magical way. Again, take a look at the livestream to see if you can spot yourself.
Also - be on the lookout for our newsletter, if you’re signed up for the Harry Potter Fan Club, where certain territories can learn how to download their image from the mosaic as a keepsake. And, there’s still an opportunity to be involved! Our submission deadline for photos ends this Friday. Details here.
Before the 1st September even happened, we couldn’t help but get the Hogwarts party started early. Across social media and our website, we brought the magic of Hogwarts to you this year - and challenged you to take part in a series of activities with our Wizarding World friends and family. If you're old enough, you can take a look at our Facebook page to see absolutely everything.
And here's just a few highlights...
Some very talented Wizarding World fans inspired us with their crafts, bakes and photography.
Watch Cineconcerts and orchestra partners bring us the epic global performance of ‘Harry Potter Film Concert Series Around the World at Home’!
MinaLima talk to us about their beautiful 2020 Back to Hogwarts artwork.
And get the tissues ready for this rousing light show, courtesy of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Build a Bear released new Harry Potter bears (warning: these are extremely adorable), LEGO released a new Diagon Alley set (complete with an immersive AR experience on their website) and the general release of our new pin seeking collections went live today, including Hogwarts house themed pins to get us started.
A huge bravo to everyone who participated in Back to Hogwarts 2020, wherever you are in the world. Although we celebrated things a little differently this year, thank you for helping us make the day still special with this huge, global party. And remember, you can still keep the fun and games going by browsing our Back to Hogwarts hub whenever you like. That giant Hogwarts won't build itself!
Same time next year?