Universal Studios Hollywood is giving a behind-the-scenes look today at the creation of the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle music with a new video you can watch below. Universal Studios Hollywood Sr. Director Entertainment Stephen Siercks takes us to Abbey Road Studios, where music arranger William Ross is working on the score with the London Symphony Orchestra.
The Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will illuminate Hogwarts castle and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter nightly from April 13 – 28 at Universal Studios Hollywood and will then return from May 25 – 27. Universal Orlando Resort’s experience will debut later this year with dates to be announced at a later time.
This all-new experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will cast a mesmerizing display of light, music and special effects, unleashing the darkest creatures and villains, including the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort.
Illuminating a darker side of the Wizarding World, this spectacular new light projection experience will be a departure from previous The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle and The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will bring more intense tones and drama that reflect the Dark creatures and wizards that challenge goodness in the Wizarding World.
Guests will be asked to summon their inner strength and bravery in the face of the all-consuming Dark Arts as some of the awe-inspiring moments and creatures inspired by the films come to life within the majestic light display.
As darkness falls on Hogwarts castle, Dementors, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures from Aragog and Mountain Trolls to Thestrals will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic — even conjuring the visage of Lord Voldemort himself, until the Patronus spell — one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world — is cast.