'Harry Potter' Stars Reunite for Tour of 'Diagon Alley' Attraction (WATCH)
By ADAM COPPOLA
June 09, 2014
Theme park goers have been enjoying The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort and, as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley waits to be opened, a few stars of the Harry Potter films are getting a sneak peek tour before it opens to the public. Watch the video above to see their reactions to the immersive new attraction.
On-screen Harry Potter siblings Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), James Phelps (Fred Weasley) and Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) reunited on June 5, 2014 for a tour of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. The new addition to the magical theme park promises to bring even more of the film’s adventure and story to life. In Diagon Alley, guests will experience shops, dining, and of course, the highly-anticipated Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride.
"I think my favorite thing about Diagon Alley is that it immerses you into the whole magical element of Harry Potter," said an excited James Phelps outside of the Weasley twins' shop, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, seen in The Half-Blood Prince.
Actress Bonnie Wright was also impressed by the park’s attention to detail. "The scale of Diagon Alley completely blew me away! What makes the park so special is the fact that the same team involved in making the films; designing the sets and the props, the graphics and lettering, were involved in the park. It doesn’t feel like a replica or an interpretation of what we had, it’s what we had, and more."
Not only did the three stars dive back into the magical world they're so familiar with from making the eight Harry Potter films, they even got to try some tasty Butterbeer ice-cream and dine inside the films' iconic pub, the Leaky Cauldron.
Diagon Alley, part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opens this summer at Universal Studios Florida. The new Hogwarts Express ride will connect the Diagon Alley attraction and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade (which opened in 2010 at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park) for guests with park-to-park admission.