Universal Orlando Resort is gearing up for the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion sometime this Summer, but when could it be? Today select members of the press received a package from the owl delivery service (muggles know nothing of these kind of things) inviting them to the media and VIP preview of the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion.
You can see more images of the official invite, a piece of art in its own right, after the jump. The invite lists the preview dates as June 17-20. Our friends at InsideTheMagic point out that the remainder of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be opening on June 16, also likely part of the 4-day press event — So its very likely that the expansion will opening to the public on June 20th or around that time, although that is merely speculation.
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Tuesday, Universal Studios Orlando opened the vault of secrets on their new ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. We saw concept art, heard about the story, read that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are all reprising their roles and Peter even interviewed the art director.
But all that, kind of, pales in comparison to just watching a video that takes all everything and compresses it into an exciting two minute tease. Check out a behind the scenes Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts video below. Read More »
Universal Orlando has finally confirmed details of the new signature ride at the upcoming Diagon Alley expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride will feature vehicles that seat 12 people and will take park visitors “through a Harry Potter story featuring villains, dragons and goblins.” Universal has revealed a bunch of new details on the attraction including Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts photos and concept art.
Above is our first look at the ride vehicle, which looks a bit like the coaster vehicle from Universal Studio’s Revenge of The Mummy. Fine out more and see more, after the jump.
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Universal Orlando’s expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is gearing up to open this Summer, and Universal Studios has offered our first glimpse inside the new Gringotts Bank attraction. The Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts roller coaster will be located in the new Diagon Alley area, which is being built in the London waterfront area of Universal Orlando theme park. Guests will be able to enter Diagon Alley through a disguised special pathway, a recreation of Harry Potter’s first entrance to the location in the film.
We don’t know any official details of the Escape from Gringotts ride, but we do know it will be a “multi-sensory, multi- dimensional journey that will take theme park attractions to a new level.” The queue will allow guests to walk through Gringotts Bank, complete with Goblins seen working inside. Universal has released the first video from inside Gringotts Bank, which includes our first look at the animatronic goblins.
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Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
Not content with getting just one new addition to the franchise, Warner Bros. has revealed that the planned Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released as a trilogy of “megamovies.”
Potter creator J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay, which follows the adventures of “magizoologist” Newt Scamander. Get all the latest updates on the project after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
We don’t usually report on sports here at /Film, but for Quidditch we’ll make an exception. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has posted the first part of her History of the Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore.com, her interactive website for Potterheads.
While Rowling has put up several pieces of original content on the site, the 2,400-word essay is one of her longest yet. The post lays out the background and rules of the tournament, and recounts some particularly controversial matches including 1877’s The Tournament That Nobody Remembers. Learn more about Rowling’s newest work, including when we’ll get to read Part 2, after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
In the Harry Potter books and films, there’s never much question that Hermione will end up with Ron instead of Harry. Although she and Harry share a warm friendship, they never seem to see each other in a romantic way, whereas she and Ron spend years bickering and flirting and getting jealous before finally ending up together in the last volume.
But while Hermione may not have had any doubts about her feelings for Ron, author J.K. Rowling admits she did. In an interview with Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the movies, Rowling confessed that she regretted having Hermione end up with Ron and that she should have put her with Harry instead. Read her comments after the jump.
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In 2010, Universal Studios Florida opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an expansion of their already successful theme park, and it quickly became one of the most trafficked attractions in the world. Huge crowds have filled the area ever since and Universal quickly realized they wanted to expand.
That expansion, modeled after the Potter area Diagon Alley, is set to open over this Summer and earlier this week, they announced a bunch of specific details about it. The most exciting one is the name of the area’s signature thrill ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, as well as huge list of stores that will be in the area including The Leaky Cauldron, Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, Magical Menagerie, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Quality Quidditch Supplies, Knockturn Alley, and Borgin and Burkes just to name a few. And there will also be a Hogwarts Express riding around.
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