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Wizarding World's Hogwarts Castle Feels "about 700 feet tall;" More on Butterbeer at the Park

Posted by: Edward
January 30, 2010, 01:19 AM

Additional details from the recent reveal of new information about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park have come online via two new reports via MTV.  First, the subject of the towering Hogwarts Castle is discussed here by Thierry Coup,VP of Creative Development at Universal, who relates that "I can tell you when you stand in front of it, it appears to be about 700 feet tall. Truly, you cannot tell how big it is, it's just impossible.  The castle itself, of course we couldn't make it 700 feet tall, but it's definitely about 15 stories tall. It just feels like it goes forever. It's gigantic."  The article goes on to mention collaborative efforts with the Harry Potter films' production designer Stuart Craig and art director, Alan Gilmore, who worked closely with the Universal team.  Quoteage:

The rooms are supposed to be very accurate representations of the interior of Hogwarts — so much so that most of the props used in the rooms are the actual props from the films and are on lease from Warner Bros. Later releases from Universal will tell which rooms are going to be included in the castle — and whether actual actors will be recreating the scenes promised for the Forbidden Journey ride.
The report continues:
The castle houses the ride Universal is being most hush-hush about: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. According to yesterday's USA Today article, the ride "uses robotic arms to move passengers in various ways as they pass through scenes from the movies."  
Coup told us, however, that the waiting line for Forbidden Journey will offer as much excitement as the ride itself. When we asked him how young children would feel about some of the rides, he said even if they don't want to ride Forbidden Journey, the walk through Hogwarts castle would be worth it because they would be able to "visit all the iconic rooms" described in the "Harry Potter" books and movies.
The second article contains a small note about the creation of butterbeer for the Harry Potter theme park, which features Mr. Coup saying:
"It was really fun to be a part of the whole tasting different [attempts at butterbeer] to try until J.K. Rowling really felt, okay, this is it, this is what I always thought butterbeer should taste like.  It was a very exciting moment to see her smile and actually taste it. It's a delicious thing, first of all. It's everything you expected it to be."

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Oh my gosh Amazing! I knew saving from a young age was a good idea! Opening day here I come!

Posted by clintisagain on January 31, 2010, 02:54 AM report to moderator
171 Points

When are the Road to Hogwarts results announced??!

Posted by eagleblue on January 31, 2010, 03:03 AM report to moderator
276 Points

When it opens, I will probably feel like Harry did when he first see the castle for the very first time.

Posted by leigia on January 31, 2010, 03:19 AM report to moderator
851 Points

oh…..that sounds really amazing. but i guess it will only be a sound for me coz how on earth will i able to go there in florida…hello i live here in the philippines…but im happy to those who are able to see the HOGWARTS castle and to taste BUTTERBEER…….goodluck!!

Posted by ***ROAR***elysssagranger****HPDH**** on January 31, 2010, 04:35 AM report to moderator
1985 Points

I want to try butterbeer

Posted by jhangelgurl (ITC!) on January 31, 2010, 04:38 AM report to moderator
3455 Points

OMG! sounds so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on January 31, 2010, 04:52 AM report to moderator
738 Points

Can’t wait to taste Butterbeer! If JKR liked it, then I’m in, too. So is the smart money on a May opening date now?

Posted by bettb [ITC!] on January 31, 2010, 06:01 AM report to moderator
1317 Points

The Butterbeer sounds amazing and I’m sure rated G, however, do like the adult version thats in the Leaky Craft section. This place is going to be super special to all us HP fans!

Posted by hewy on January 31, 2010, 07:08 AM report to moderator
1435 Points

I’m excited for the Butterbeer, I heard that it’s delicious.

Posted by Sauvium ROAR!? on January 31, 2010, 09:12 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

From the pictures we have seen alone, it is safe to say that the castle will impress anyone who stands in its presence. That said, I cannot wait to learn and hear more about the experience that fans will have within its interior.

Posted by Kirk on January 31, 2010, 09:54 AM report to moderator
153 Points

Can’t wait to try butterbeer.

And pumpkin juice.

Posted by blue_rogue on January 31, 2010, 10:31 AM report to moderator
185 Points

I can’t wait to taste the butterbeer. It has been my dream drink since forever. :9 And it will be just like JKR imagined!

Posted by Potter_Puella on January 31, 2010, 11:50 AM report to moderator
1373 Points

I’ll work hard during the summer break and will definitely go to the Wizarding World in autumn… From all the previews and advertisements we can see that the park is going to be AMAZING!!! :)

Posted by Pollytomat on January 31, 2010, 01:04 PM report to moderator
1373 Points

And when will they start to sell butterbeer in ordinary shops? Just imagine: you go to a local supermarket and buy bread, milk, eggs, butterbeer))) Crazy, but great))) Aaaah! That’s impossible… Muggles can’t know about the existence of wizardry…

Posted by Pollytomat on January 31, 2010, 01:08 PM report to moderator
1599 Points

ahhhhh! BUTTERBEER! i so cant wait :) and the forbidden journey sounds pretty sweet. sounds like jo is really really involved which is awesome :)

Posted by Nealie Zealbie on January 31, 2010, 01:27 PM report to moderator
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