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Rumor Alert: Hogwarts, the Ride and More on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Posted by: sue
October 22, 2008, 07:10 PM

Several rumor alerts tonight regarding the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction under construction at Universal Orlando. Screamscape is reporting that the giant castle of Hogwarts will not only serve as the center of the park, but will also be home to a "big new ride [that] will be placed inside the massive Hogwarts castle that is currently under construction." The report also continues to say "Once the ride portion of the castle is finished and walled in, they will begin to move in the pieces and build it up away from prying eyes until they are ready to make the big announcement. As for Hogwarts itself… if the rumors are true this thing will grow and grow. According to one source the massive castle structure will top out somewhere over the 200 foot mark, making it bigger than the castle at the Magic Kingdom (189 ft)."

Also a second piece of news involves a potential Harry Potter show to take place at the theme park. Screamscape states that "one of the Hollywood casting sheets has posted a rather interesting casting choice looking for a SAG actor for a “Project Strongarm” shoot for a “Theme Park Attraction”. The shoot will only last 1 day in mid November, but they’re looking to shoot a British professor role (Male 50s – 70s) who will be “A friendly, welcoming professor who greets new students enthusiastically. This character appears as one element of a Harry Potter theme park attraction.” This also follows a report they have that the current Sinbad show will evolve into a Harry Potter show. Readers will recall that back in March, we at TLC had a report regarding casting beginning for "all the major parts for the characters in the books,” in addition to others such as “a wand instructor for the kids. They basically show kids how to do wand magic tricks.” Others “will be traveling actors through the park playing the parts of wizards that come together in duels. They have specific spots in the park that this happens for special effects. For example, one wizard throws a spell at the other, the other reacts, does stunts and the places around, or behind them, bursts into flames or there is an explosion.”

As exciting as all of this sounds, please keep all of this very much in the rumor category for now. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is set to open in 2010. Thanks to UHP for mailing!

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wow this is the first time ive made a comment and im first!
i cant wait for the theme park its gonna be awesome

Posted by zd on October 22, 2008, 11:16 PM report to moderator

I am so looking forward to the opening of the park! As soon as the Official Opening is announced … I’ll be making my reservations!

Posted by Cat on October 22, 2008, 11:17 PM

that sounds sick, especially the random duels happening in the park

Posted by Chad on October 22, 2008, 11:24 PM report to moderator

whoa im so excited! i cant wait for it to be open, i want to go so bad! its like, every fans dream come true to walk inside the castle…….(: goodness im getting chills just thinking about it!!!!

Posted by emily? on October 22, 2008, 11:26 PM report to moderator

thank goodness for season passes. go florida :P

Posted by mandy on October 22, 2008, 11:50 PM report to moderator

I can’t believe I lived in Orlando for 6 years, and now that I’m in Oregon, I’ll have to visit like a tourist(expensive!). I could have WORKED there! FYI, though, the summer is hot and stormy, so visit in the winter…I think that would fit the snowy Hogsmeade village theme anyway.

Posted by Briana on October 22, 2008, 11:53 PM report to moderator

Hmmm, seems like the right thing to do. Incorperate a ride with the castle experience. That way they can control the flow of people better. Id suppose the castle will be a HUGE attraction and people will stuff inside like sardines! Clostraphobia anyone?

Posted by kerri on October 23, 2008, 12:19 AM report to moderator

Ooh, they should have like a Hogwarts version of a “Dream Suite” in the castle, and then randomly select a guest to stay there each night!

Posted by Elyzie on October 23, 2008, 01:00 AM report to moderator

im so excited!!! i cant wait for it to come!!! this is AWESOME!!!!!!

Posted by anne on October 23, 2008, 01:05 AM report to moderator

I’m so pumped for this!!! Thank goodness I go to Florida like every 5 minutes =/ but now I’ll actually be happy to go haha

Posted by Cree on October 23, 2008, 01:18 AM report to moderator

im so excited. i live in florida and go to orlando all the time. i hope they let audience members participate in the dueling parts.

Posted by iheartpink on October 23, 2008, 02:15 AM report to moderator
Moody One

I can’t wait! My hubby and I are taking our kids on a vacation to Islands of Adventure in Feb. They don’t know! I can’t wait to see how much of the HP Theme park they have done in Feb!!!!!! I just love HP!!!!!

Posted by Moody One on October 23, 2008, 03:25 AM report to moderator

My dreams have now come true. A ride inside of Hogwarts?

Posted by stephedalus on October 23, 2008, 03:41 AM report to moderator
Confederate Lady

This is great! I know it’s still “in the rumor” stage. @Chad and ihartpink: I think the whole “duling” thing will, most likely, will be like the “cowboy stunt shows” at Knot’s Berry Farm. Except they may just be random,“spur of the moment” instead of “special advance timed”. Also, if they are going to do “pyrotechnics” along with them, they will, for safety reasons, be set, where visitors can’t get hurt…Surprised, yes. “In the way”, nope. Too dangerous. Could be pretty neat. Just remember: Theme Parks usually work these things out with safety, plus visual, in mind. I like the “walking around the park” character thing. Probably like ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Snow White’ at Disney. No “papier mache” heads [or do they use fiberglass] That would be “ridiculus”! Can’t wait! Some friends and I, already have a “road trip”, from South Carolina, planned!

Posted by Confederate Lady on October 23, 2008, 01:04 PM report to moderator

Hey guys what do you think of this: This theme park will open sometime after Deathly Hallows comes out and it will attract many more people to Harry Potter. With that much excitement and popularity, surly JK will change her mind and pick up the story again with Harry and Ron’s kids. Surly enough people will write to her, begging her to continue the story with the new generation. Even though Voldermort is dead, there will always be somebody who wants to become the most powerful wizard. I’m sure that after Dumbldore defeated the other Dark Wizard, every one in that world thought that evil had been defeated once and for all, but wait, here comes Voldermort.

Posted by DLflowers on October 23, 2008, 02:08 PM report to moderator
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