Harry Potter actors get preview of Wizarding World at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure

Posted Friday, May 21, 2010 12:31 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Harry Potter film stars Robbie Coltrane, Matthew Lewis, Emma Watson, and Oliver and James Phelps began their sneak peek tour of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by entering Hogsmeade. The group was invited to Universal Orlando Resort for a first-look at the immersive environment, and spent the day visiting many of the iconic locations made famous in the popular Harry Potter series. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort grand opens on June 18.

Harry Potter actors tour The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.

Photo Credit: Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando Resort

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Friday, May 21, 2010 12:52 PM

If Emma Watson weren't wearing a skirt (instead of pants, pervert!), I'd swear it was winter with snow in Orlando. Can't wait to see it in real life.

Friday, May 21, 2010 7:16 PM

[url][url]I'll have to pass on commenting on my preference for Emma Watson's attire (or lack of same)....

Nonetheless, here's the video I wanted from last night's WESH newscast that I couldn't locate until Universal posted it to their FB account about an hour ago. At 1:47, you get a very brief glimpse of the ride vehicle. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/video/video.php?v=389445878914

Last edited by rollergator, Friday, May 21, 2010 7:16 PM
Friday, May 21, 2010 11:20 PM

Thanks for the link, Gator. Seeing the street performers in action really intrigued me.

And let me say, keeping in mind that I don't like girls the same way that most guys like girls, that Emma Watson is so super cute. She has a bright future as an actress, if she wants it.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 2:45 PM

Thats Neville Longbottom? Wow... he changed a lot!

Seems like they did an Awesome job with the Wizarding World! Now lets hope they DON'T take a step further with a Twilight world....

Saturday, May 22, 2010 6:18 PM

In some ways, I wonder if Emma Watson wasn't exactly what Rowling visualized. When I finally got around to reading the first book, she described her as being kind of frumpy. But she was always a cute kid, and grew up to be pretty as well.

Sunday, May 23, 2010 12:44 AM

Which one of those kids is Neville? He was always one of my favorites, and I don't recognize him at all. I assume that he's the guy in the black shirt.

The big guy is Hagrid, right?

Who are the rest? Is one of those kids one of the twins?

It's kind of embarrassing, seeing that I am a big fan of the films.

Sunday, May 23, 2010 12:56 AM

Well the two on the right are the twins, the guy on the left is Hagrid, and the one with the boobs is obviously not Neville, so... :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010 10:06 AM

I didn't realize that both twins were there, but it would make sense. They don't look alike anymore. lol

Monday, May 24, 2010 12:27 PM

June 18th... hmmm that date sounds familiar....

Oh, it's when WDW starts their Summer Nightasmic promotion. Coincidence, I think not.

Monday, May 24, 2010 3:18 PM

Well jinkies, Jeff, you are sure versed in your Potter history. Do you own the signature knitted scarf as well? :-)

Yeah Emma is all "haute couture" these days. She is in fact the highest paid actress alive. Good for her.

Monday, May 24, 2010 4:21 PM

Ha! I'm really little more than a casual fan. What I do know comes largely out of trying to reconcile the differences between the movies and the first two books (haven't read the others).

Oh, her face is all over the ads for Burberry lately as well.

Last edited by Jeff, Monday, May 24, 2010 4:22 PM
Monday, May 24, 2010 7:40 PM

I'm willing to venture that Emma Watson wasn't what Rowling had imagined in the text, but I'm also willing to venture that she's exactly what both Rowling and the studios wanted in those movies. Granted the books are a smash hit, but I'd be curious to see how the ticket sales would match up had Hermione been a "frumpy" girl.


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