March 1, 2018: The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show plays weekends in March, and daily for spring break, March 24-13, 2018.
Most of us can already think of plenty of reasons to visit Universal Studios, particlarly since it's the most centrally located major theme park in our Angeleno world. If you've made it over to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that opened last year, chances are you're also pretty infatuated with that. But just in case the bloom was threatening to fade from the wizarding rose, Universal is rolling out a new reason for us all to spend our summer break hanging at Hogwarts in the Hollywood Hills: starting June 23, 2017, a nightly special effects light show, The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, will play out in the skies over the theme park.
We're told that the light show will be something similar to the dramatic display that launched the park's opening last year, with music by John Williams accompanying light projections that represent the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. The show will repeat several times a night all summer long (dare we hope longer?). Annual passholders can get a sneak peek, as live rehearsals and previews begin in June. With an annual pass for locals priced at barely more than a single day's ticket, now might be a great time to buy in.
We're looking forward to getting a peek at the lights in the very near future and will report back on how big of a kid pleaser it is. In the meantime, if you live in North Hollywood or the hills near Universal, you might want to trim some hedges to get a private show.
Originally published May 19, 2017 and updated March 1, 2018