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Video of Harry Potter Cast, J. K. Rowling at Wizarding World Released

Posted by: Edward
June 20, 2010, 12:11 AM

Universal Orlando has released a short video featuring actors from the Harry Potter films along with author J. K. Rowling touring the many different aspects of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.  Available to view via this link or below, the video features actors Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton,    and Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling making their way around such places as Hogsmeade, Zonkos, the Hog's Head Pub, and more.

The Harry Potter author is shown being taken around the streets of Hogsmeade, and looking to shop windows along avenue.  In regards to the park, J. K. Rowling notes that, "I'm used to walking onto film sets, where at a certain point everything dissolves into scaffolding and lighting, so, I suppose, the completeness of the vision is most breathtaking."

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resorts is open now.

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Here’s a short review of the park. The park was open for a “soft” opening on Monday, June 14. Everything was operating.

The atmosphere and structures are incredible!!!

There are 3 rides.
1. Forbidden Journey is incredible. Superb graphics. I didn’t find it terrifying at all but one word of caution. If you get car sick you might get sick on this ride. Lots of movement and jerking around. Easily the best ride in the park.
2. The other two coasters are the same ones that have been at the park for years. Still great though

Butterbeer is essentially creme soda with a special butter flavored head added to the glass.

Hogsmeade is incredible. Great stores. Don’t miss Filch’s Emporium at the exit of the Forbidden Journey. It has items not available at other stores.

The only negative I see in the park is its size. It is WAY too small for the crowds that are going to try and go through it. It is going to be very, very crowded for quite some time.

Posted by shire123 on June 20, 2010, 11:35 AM report to moderator

I forgot to mention a few things. There are periodic small sideshows going on during the day performed by various Hogwart’s student groups. I saw one choir show that featured the large toads. Also saw a dance show by the Beaux Batons girls and a demo by the Durmstrang boys. Super shows.

Posted by shire123 on June 20, 2010, 11:37 AM report to moderator

For me the best part of the Forbidden Journey ride was the wait in the ride lines. The waiting lines wind through the castle rooms. All of which are various scenes from the movie. Life size and totally realistic.

Posted by shire123 on June 20, 2010, 11:38 AM report to moderator
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Posted by Nwrosey on June 20, 2010, 11:45 AM report to moderator
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shire are the people who run the rides and shops British or speak with a British accent? It would be weird to walk into Ollivander’s or Honeyduke’s and the person there sounded like a cashier at Walgreen’s! LOL!

Posted by Fastbak on June 20, 2010, 11:54 AM report to moderator
100 Points

Omg.I so wish i could have gone i could have talked to Emma and Rupert and of course Daniel .I really wanted to go though.

Posted by emma138 on June 20, 2010, 11:55 AM report to moderator
4852 Points

How long are they there for? I hope at least 4 more days!!!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on June 20, 2010, 12:16 PM report to moderator
114 Points

Ahh! That video made my day!
And we actually got to SEE the fireworks that James and Oliver set off! :D

Posted by nargles, oh my! on June 20, 2010, 12:17 PM report to moderator
8876 Points

Wow … it is way cool that some Leaky people have already been. And, it is just awesome that JKR is impressed by WWOHP. I guess to us a movie set looks like it’s for real but, when you’re actually there it is just a collection of sets. But, WWOHP is the real thing. Wow … squee

Posted by Moose_Starr on June 20, 2010, 12:44 PM report to moderator
5439 Points
It’s all very cool,i wish i was there!
Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on June 20, 2010, 12:48 PM report to moderator
606 Points

So amazing!

Posted by Dawna on June 20, 2010, 01:03 PM report to moderator
6972 Points

…they did NOT say lumos MAXIMA, did they? I’m gonna kill someone…

Posted by kraamerXmich ♠{WBM}♠ [Pigeon] on June 20, 2010, 01:04 PM report to moderator

Guess I won’t be going. How come no one else noticed that there is a size limit on the Hogwarts Journey ride? If a coach airplane seat is tight at 18.5" wide, then you won’t fit on the 17" wide “Journey” ride. They even have a seat outside you’re supposed to try before you stand in the line. Tall people, too, will find it hard — if you’re over 6’3" the park reserves the right to stop you from riding — and no one who is deemed “overweight” by park staff will be allowed to ride. As if no one in Harry Potter fandom could possible be overweight. I am told by a friend who waited over 8 hours to get into the park this week that there is a strict “no refunds” policy for people who can’t ride the ride. She was told that she was welcome to walk through the line to “experience Hogwarts” without the ride. What happened to JK Rowling’s position that discrimination against the overweight is wrong? And why hasn’t Leaky commented on this? I am disgusted.

Posted by dramatispersonae on June 20, 2010, 01:29 PM report to moderator
806 Points

in my mind only one word comes to mind AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! i mean it looks really really amzaing.

Posted by Sarah10248 *ROAR* on June 20, 2010, 05:33 PM report to moderator
504 Points

Great video, looks like an amazing atmosphere. The cast all look great but Bonnie looks particularly good in the clip, It looks like a well thought out opening with the twins starting the fireworks etc…

Not sure about the “unveiling” spell they used though??

One day I will get to go.

Posted by pinkmoosely on June 20, 2010, 05:38 PM report to moderator
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