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The Universal Orlando Resort has announced that it will host a weekend dedicated to Harry Potter on January 24-26, 2014.

Stars from the Harry Potter movies are expected to attend the event, although their names are yet to be announced. The opening Friday will see a special tribute to the movies, while the Saturday and Sunday will feature a "wand masterclass" with choreographer Paul Harris and Q&A sessions with cast and crew members.

Vacation packages for the celebration will include entry to a private evening event at Islands of Adventure's Wizarding of Harry Potter, as well as three nights' hotel accommodation, a three-day park-to-park ticket covering Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, plus early entry to the Wizarding World. Prices start at $675 for the on-site Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and $395 for nearby partner hotels (these are based on two people staying in a room).

Universal is currently installing a second Harry Potter land, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, in Universal Studios Florida. This will be connected to the existing Wizarding World by an attraction themed around the Hogwarts Express train.

Full details of the Celebration of Harry Potter events can be found on the Universal Orlando Resort website.

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