During spring break, my son and I stood on the Triwizard Stage inside Universal Studios Hollywood, eagerly awaiting the preview of “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle,” the latest light projection at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”
The air crackled with excitement as we sipped our butterbeers. We tipped our heads back to gaze at the still-dark Hogwarts Castle standing ominously against the night sky.
Suddenly, the castle came alive as music blared. A mind-blowing display of light and shadow crawled across the castle, revealing Dementors, giant spiders, Lord Voldemort and other evil-loving creatures that were born inside the mind of J.K. Rowling. With the castle as the projection screen, the World of Harry Potter comes alive in a way that is even more multidimensional than watching one of the Harry Potter movies on a theater screen. And yet, it is the books and movies that give this light projection its depth. The narrator speaks to us as we crane our necks, urging us to summon our inner strength and bravery in the face of the “all-consuming Dark Arts.”
While our entry into this all-consuming place of magic and evil sends chills along the spine, there is, literally, another kind of light at the end of the tunnel, or show. This light stands as a sign of hope outside the castle, right against the night sky, the real one, above us. You’ll have to see the show to discover what that symbol is, and how it appears, but there’s still time.
“Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will run through April 28, and then again from May 25-27.
For more information, visit universalstudioshollywood.com.