The Scholastic team spent last weekend in Orlando, Fla., at A Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando's annual tribute to the Wizarding World! Surrounded by fans of all ages, we kicked off the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and revealed never-before-seen concept art for Brian Selznick's new cover illustrations for the 20th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series that we'll be publishing this summer. Check out some of the highlights from the weekend here, and see even more by following #HPCelebration on social media!
Celebrations kicked off Friday night with the Opening Ceremony featuring an exciting announcement from illustrator Brian Selznick!
At #HPCelebration? Stop by our booth at 10 AM to meet illustrator Brian Selznick and pick up a signed copy of his concept art for the new Harry Potter covers for #HarryPotter20! pic.twitter.com/Pv1eNT7zm3— Scholastic (@Scholastic) January 27, 2018
We asked fans to tell us what Harry Potter means to them:
Absolutely LOVE having my #HarryPotter20 message (What does Harry Potter mean to me?) posted on The Muggle Wall at @UniversalORL while sitting at home. TY @Scholastic for allowing us to share in the love of Harry Potter & celebrate 20 years since first US publication of HP! pic.twitter.com/rdV48gf1sd— Crystal Steele Joyce (@LibrarianMrsCJ) January 28, 2018
Illustrator Brian Selznick met LOTS of fans:
Brian Selznick is signing prints of his Harry Potter 20th anniversary edition concept sketches right now at #HPCelebration at @UniversalORL. We bet that'll be one tired hand at the end of the weekend! #HarryPotter20 pic.twitter.com/7RJdPhxtno— Scholastic (@Scholastic) January 27, 2018
We had some celebrity sightings:
Kid Reporter Maxwell Surprenant had a blast meeting fans and graphic designers (and Brian Selznick!) at the #HPCelebration this past weekend! Stay tuned for his full recap. #HarryPotter20 pic.twitter.com/puoFgWtcAW— Scholastic News Kids Press Corps (@KidsPress) January 29, 2018
And we left feeling even more excited than ever about all the magical moments that are still to come in 2018!
2018 is perhaps the most magical time *ever* for #WorldReadAloudDay! Find out why from @pamallyn of @litworldsays --> https://t.co/hrkziCVTEU (Hint: it has a little something to do with #HarryPotter...) pic.twitter.com/i9ov2yW9Xz— Scholastic (@Scholastic) January 28, 2018
Calling all Muggles, witches, and wizards! It’s almost time to book your tickets to “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” on view at @nyhistory from October 5, 2018 to January 27, 2019. Mark your calendars— New-York Historical Society members can reserve tickets starting February 14 at 12 pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public in April. We’re so excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone through this magical exhibition from the @britishlibrary. Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” unveils rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library, New-York Historical Society, Scholastic, and other special collections. Explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrators Mary GrandPré and Jim Kay! “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” is currently on view at the British Library in London through February 28, 2018. #HarryPotterNYHS