Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Nighttime Show to Begin September 14th at Universal Orlando – Updated with Schedule

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The highly anticipated Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle projection show will run on select nights from September 14th through November 15th in 2019. The show is displayed directly onto Hogwarts Castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, inside of Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

The show originally debuted in Universal Studios Hollywood back in April, but a date was not set for its debut at Universal Orlando until today. The original show combined projection-mapping, lighting effects, pyro, and coordinated drones, to help tell the story of the darker side of The Wizarding World. The version in Orlando will come with additional elements — namely roaming Death Eaters — when it debuts later this month. See more below. Updated 9/11/2019 with September show schedule


September Show Schedule

Sept 14 – Sept 22: Starting at 8:00pm, show runs approx. every 20 minutes
Sept 23: No Showings
Sept 24: Starting at 8:00pm, show runs approx. every 20 minutes
Sept 25: Starting at 7:45pm, show runs approx. every 20 minutes
Sept 26: No Showings
Sept 27: Starting at 7:45pm, show runs approx. every 20 minutes
Sept 28: No Showings

View updated show schedule times here.


Starting Saturday, September 14th, the all-new light projection experience, Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle, will make its highly-anticipated debut at Universal Orlando Resort – utilizing state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects and lighting to bring a new dimension of magic to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle. And, for the first time at Universal Orlando, guests will be able to encounter Death Eaters – devoted followers of Lord Voldemort known for their allegiance and practice of the Dark Arts – as part of their experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

As darkness falls on select nights September 14 through November 15, the all-consuming Dark Arts will be unleashed in Hogsmeade. Ominous green light and fog will permeate the village, signaling the arrival of the Death Eaters. They’ll eerily roam throughout Hogsmeade, lurking amongst guests – practicing the Dark Arts with complete disregard of wizarding laws.


Then, Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will illuminate a darker side of the wizarding world as sinister creatures and villains – such as Dementors, Aragog, Mountain Trolls, Thestrals and more – cloak the castle through a mesmerizing display of light, music and special effects. Guests will be asked to summon their inner strength and bravely face the Dark Arts and the visage of the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, until the Patronus spell – one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world – is cast.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will run select nights from September 14 through November 15 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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