Harry Potter cast shooting for theme park attraction

Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:31 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

The cast of the Harry Potter movies is claimed to have reunited to create a special short film which will be shown at a theme park. The Sun newspaper claims that cast members have been secretly filming scenes at the same studios where the eight record-breaking movies were made in Hertfordshire.

Read more from The Daily Mail and MTV UK.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:29 AM

When asked about construction at the Complex the other day, a Universal *cast member* (or whatever UO calls them...minions perhaps?) simply said "Oh, that's Transformers".

The Gringott's building is so clearly visible, there's no doubt that 2 attactions are coming....but apparently they're downplaying USF-Potter until after they get the appropriate buzz from Transformers East...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:56 AM

Obviously they need to milk Transformers in Florida in the short term, and presumably the new Potter North stuff is quite a way from being finished anyway. It will be interesting to see what they actually deliver beyond all of the rumors.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:32 PM

It seems weird they're constructing three attractions all at the same time....you know, after not really changing anything for a while.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 7:28 PM

Part of it is Comcast's willingness to step up, where the prior ownership consortium was less interested.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/business/universal-armed-with-cas...wanted=all

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:22 PM

Brian Noble said:

Part of it is Comcast's willingness to step up, where the prior ownership consortium was less interested.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/business/universal-armed-with-cas...wanted=all

Wow, in perspective, this does make sense. It seems Disney is more attractive to children while Universal is more attractive to teens....Universal is really emerging as a true competitor to Disney.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:01 PM

Just my guess but I wouldn't expect a HP announcement any time soon. Why tell people to come back in 2 years to pay and experience HP, when they could have those same people pay for that vacation this year, then pay again in 2 years.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:59 PM

I don't know that it's a willingness to spend money as much as it is that they have something in the park that prints money now.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:23 AM

It's a good deal of both. My friends that work at Universal are quite happy with the Comcast ownership.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:55 PM

Jeff said:

I don't know that it's a willingness to spend money as much as it is that they have something in the park that prints money now.

Well the money-printing aspect causes the willingness aspect, no?

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:00 PM

It was implied that the former ownership would not have spent the money, so yeah, that's why I made the distinction.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:21 AM

That was implied? Not in this thread, as far as I can tell....

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Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:09 AM

The NY Times article linked above does suggest that very thing. It may be paywalled, but here is the relevant bit:

G.E. and Blackstone were both more interested in wringing cash from the parks than expanding them; selling them entirely was regularly on the table.
But Comcast is different. “We’re really feeling the love,” said Mr. Williams, Universal’s chief.

Comcast has increased spending on the parks — by how much it won’t say — and is betting on strong international growth. Universal announced a deal in April to open a park in Moscow by the end of the decade. The company, which opened a park in Singapore two years ago, also has resorts in the works in South Korea and Dubai; it is pursuing a deal in China.

Last edited by Brian Noble, Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:09 AM
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