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Rumor Alert: Hogwarts, the Ride and More on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Posted by: sue
October 22, 2008, 07:10 PM

Several rumor alerts tonight regarding the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction under construction at Universal Orlando. Screamscape is reporting that the giant castle of Hogwarts will not only serve as the center of the park, but will also be home to a "big new ride [that] will be placed inside the massive Hogwarts castle that is currently under construction." The report also continues to say "Once the ride portion of the castle is finished and walled in, they will begin to move in the pieces and build it up away from prying eyes until they are ready to make the big announcement. As for Hogwarts itself… if the rumors are true this thing will grow and grow. According to one source the massive castle structure will top out somewhere over the 200 foot mark, making it bigger than the castle at the Magic Kingdom (189 ft)."

Also a second piece of news involves a potential Harry Potter show to take place at the theme park. Screamscape states that "one of the Hollywood casting sheets has posted a rather interesting casting choice looking for a SAG actor for a “Project Strongarm” shoot for a “Theme Park Attraction”. The shoot will only last 1 day in mid November, but they’re looking to shoot a British professor role (Male 50s – 70s) who will be “A friendly, welcoming professor who greets new students enthusiastically. This character appears as one element of a Harry Potter theme park attraction.” This also follows a report they have that the current Sinbad show will evolve into a Harry Potter show. Readers will recall that back in March, we at TLC had a report regarding casting beginning for "all the major parts for the characters in the books,” in addition to others such as “a wand instructor for the kids. They basically show kids how to do wand magic tricks.” Others “will be traveling actors through the park playing the parts of wizards that come together in duels. They have specific spots in the park that this happens for special effects. For example, one wizard throws a spell at the other, the other reacts, does stunts and the places around, or behind them, bursts into flames or there is an explosion.”

As exciting as all of this sounds, please keep all of this very much in the rumor category for now. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is set to open in 2010. Thanks to UHP for mailing!

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Ken M

As to why the park was built in the US and not the UK? Um, Warner Bros. is greedy? Same reason they moved HBP’s release to summer, a better movie market (though they lose out on Christmas toy season). Now, if they’re smart, they’re having the real HP actors film things for the park that are unique, like maybe some scenes for inside the ride – they didn’t say if this is a roller coaster or a slower ride with some quick spots (like the Spider-Man ride). If they’re real smart, they get at least the Trio there for opening day. And since they know that’ll probably draw a record crowd, I’d expect them there.

Posted by Ken M on October 25, 2008, 10:44 AM report to moderator
Zack Sill

All of this sounds really cool I cant wait till I go to go to the park and try everything there is. I love getting these comments about the theme park, because Iv been paying attention to it and how they’re coming along with the whole setup. Keep trying to Post more of these.

Posted by Zack Sill on October 25, 2008, 07:44 PM report to moderator

i know you people say you mean no disrespect to American fans when you say things like “we don’t deserve to have the park” or “it’s unfair that Americans are always benefitted”…but it is very disrespectful, to me as an American fan…WE can’t help it. WB is an American company and like a previous person stated (and we all know) WB is SOOOOOOO greedy greedy greedy. Also mentioned, it could have been built in the UK but no one jumped on the opportunity so when the time struck, Universal Studios snatched it up with JK’s permission….stop bashing America, i know you don’t mean anything by it, but it’s still unfair to us.

Posted by tbc07 on October 26, 2008, 04:28 AM report to moderator

I understand the pain of those who say it should have been done in the UK. After all, its roots are there.

However, this project is very expensive, and I’m sure they want to get as much profit as possible from that portion of the park. Not only does the USA have over five times the population of the UK (as of 2008), but the city in which it’s being built (Orlando) is a hotspot for tourists due to it having a ton of internationally known theme parks and attractions.
Posted by MoneyMoneyMoneyMust on October 26, 2008, 09:39 AM report to moderator

omg. im soooo pissed. i would absoloutly ADORE to go there. but i know the chances of me goin gare like, 1 in a million. urggg

Posted by becca on October 27, 2008, 02:13 PM report to moderator
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