Wizarding World of Harry Potter expands in Orlando
By Sarah Aslam, Associate Producer -
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding!
In Orlando, that is.
Harry Potter fans can now enter yet another replica of the famous wizarding world created by author J.K. Rowling.
The new theme park -- modeled after the story's "Diagon Alley" -- will feature the film's most iconic locations -- everything from Gringott's to the Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.
Tom Felton and Matthew Lewis -- who star in the films as Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom, respectively -- say the creators of park really outdid themselves with the specific details.
"We want as many people to be able to experience this world as possible. I've always been really blown away by the support that we've had from the fans over the years. And the turnout in 2010 for Hogsmeade was ridiculous, there were so many people. And last night at the red carpet event we had here there were still people coming out even after all these years," Lewis said.
"Yeah. Thousands of very, very excited people. I don't think the flame is dousing any time soon. I think people are going to continue to come and see this wonderful place – well, hopefully -- for decades to come," Felton said.
"It's a bit of a dream come true, really," Felton continued.
"Yeah, I don't know if you could ever really get used to it to be honest with you. You know, to be a part of this, I mean even the things we just talked about. That so many years after we finished people are still turning out for this. It's just, it's incredible. It was something that, the growing up part is hard to put into words really," Lewis said.
Felton says: "I remember saying to them when they first told us they were building a theme park, ‘Are you sure people are really going to be interested, are people going to want to come see that?’ And here we are four years later opening up the second wing of it. So yeah, it's amazing. and I actually came here a handful of times as a kid before filming Harry Potter so to now be part of it is more than a dream come true, definitely," Felton said.
Diagon Alley opens this weekend.
It's connected to Universal Studios' original Harry Potter theme park, Hogsmeade.
Fans can get from one to the other by the famous Hogwarts Express conveniently located at King's Cross station at Platform 9 ¾.