It seems that Universal Orlando’s official Harry Potter fest, A Celebration of Harry Potter, may soon be one of the last Harry Potter conventions standing.
You see, Warner Bros. is actively cracking down on the many unofficial fan run Harry Potter events.
The news comes out of a report this weekend by the Associated Press, focusing on the recent de-Potterization of a Quidditch tournament/festival at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers for the event were one of several recently contacted by Warner Bros. to be told that new guidelines for fan events meant that no names or terms from the Potter franchise could be used outside of an official capacity by Warner itself. Harry, in a twist of irony, has become He Who Shall Not Be Named (outside of Warner Bros.’ express permission, that is).
Of course, Warner Bros. is well within its rights to protect the intellectual property, even if it sounds like they’re behaving like Death Eaters.
The Wizarding World franchise is worth billions and billions of dollars, and Warner Bros. just wants to make sure unauthorized goods aren’t popping up at these fan events.
A statement from Warner Bros. reads “Warner Bros. is always pleased to learn of the enthusiasm of Harry Potter fans, but we are concerned, and do object, when fan gatherings become a vehicle for unauthorized commercial activity.”
While there are many fan run events worldwide, there are currently very few official Potter gatherings. As such, we do expect Universal Orlando’s official Potter convention to grow bigger and bigger every year in the absence of competition.
Stay tuned to The Kingdom Insider for more news on the Wizarding World as it relates to the Universal Orlando Resort.
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