Wizarding World’s Hogwarts Castle Feels “about 700 feet tall;” More on Butterbeer at the Park

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Jan 30, 2010

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Additional details from the recent reveal of new information about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park have come online via two new reports via MTV. First, the subject of the towering Hogwarts Castle is discussed here by Thierry Coup,VP of Creative Development at Universal, who relates that “I can tell you when you stand in front of it, it appears to be about 700 feet tall. Truly, you cannot tell how big it is, it’s just impossible. The castle itself, of course we couldn’t make it 700 feet tall, but it’s definitely about 15 stories tall. It just feels like it goes forever. It’s gigantic.” The article goes on to mention collaborative efforts with the Harry Potter films’ production designer Stuart Craig and art director, Alan Gilmore, who worked closely with the Universal team. Quoteage:

The rooms are supposed to be very accurate representations of the interior of Hogwarts ” so much so that most of the props used in the rooms are the actual props from the films and are on lease from Warner Bros. Later releases from Universal will tell which rooms are going to be included in the castle ” and whether actual actors will be recreating the scenes promised for the Forbidden Journey ride.

The report continues:

The castle houses the ride Universal is being most hush-hush about: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. According to yesterday’s USA Today article, the ride “uses robotic arms to move passengers in various ways as they pass through scenes from the movies.”

Coup told us, however, that the waiting line for Forbidden Journey will offer as much excitement as the ride itself. When we asked him how young children would feel about some of the rides, he said even if they don’t want to ride Forbidden Journey, the walk through Hogwarts castle would be worth it because they would be able to “visit all the iconic rooms” described in the “Harry Potter” books and movies.

The second article contains a small note about the creation of butterbeer for the Harry Potter theme park, which features Mr. Coup saying:

“It was really fun to be a part of the whole tasting different [attempts at butterbeer] to try until J.K. Rowling really felt, okay, this is it, this is what I always thought butterbeer should taste like. It was a very exciting moment to see her smile and actually taste it. It’s a delicious thing, first of all. It’s everything you expected it to be.”





72 Responses to Wizarding World’s Hogwarts Castle Feels “about 700 feet tall;” More on Butterbeer at the Park

Avatar ImagesHeLbsS says: I can't imagine the feeling of finally seeing Hogwarts haha, it's going to be amazing.Avatar ImagewayneNtampa says: One thing that is great about living so close to the parks is being able to go to pre-opening events @WWHP. I am already excited :)Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Seeing Hogwarts finally for the first time will be incredible... can't wait!Avatar Imagesytherin7808 says: no one has said appy fiftyith to Lily Evens Potter yet. I want to be the first to say it.Avatar ImageNessieB says: Why why why is it in Florida?!! How will I ever get enough money to go :-( sounds incredible.Avatar Imageomayramjhp says: i can't waiiiiiiit!!!!Avatar ImageElizabeth says: Awesome!!! It's going to be amazing!! I can't wait to taste Butterbeer and check out the Castle..along with everything else. It's going to be out of this world!Avatar ImageXzenoa says: Oh my gosh I cannot wait!!!!! Im freaking out here! Real butterbeer?!?! Yes score!!!! Excitment!!! Excuse me while I go dance a happy dance!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Yum! The butterbeer sounds great! The castle sounds magnificent!Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: Gah, I can't wait much longer! Please please please release date hurry uppppp!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: omg thats tallAvatar ImageProfessor Witchard says: Looking forward to it :)Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: sick i cant waitAvatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: sick i cant waitAvatar ImageLittleLoony says: Theme park!! eek! this is so cool i can't wait. joginny i'm going w/ you! i know you'r even more excited than meAvatar Imagesnakems says: Oh my goodness! I can't wait! I wanna ride the ride and drink butterbeer!Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: WOW. im so giddy just thinking about it. i cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagenox avis says: sounds amazing!! cant wait for the rest of the info releases Avatar ImageLoSushi says: BUTTERBEER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANNOT WAIT !!!!!!Avatar Imagelostielover says: i wish i could move to Florida :(Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Yeah! I can't wait to go there! It's finally something I look foward to doing in Florida. Other than that and the Hollywood Tower of Terror @ Disney. The place snores itself!Avatar ImageHarryJamesPotterROCKS says: That's so cool!Avatar ImageHarryJamesPotterROCKS says: I really can't wait to go there!!! Avatar Imagetrontech says: I live in Florida. Nya nya nya nya nyaa nya! I am so going to enjoy that place, even if it busts a credit card!Avatar Imagekatherine102678 says: Wow...Gonna have to make a special trip just to try butterbeer.Avatar ImageDawna says: I have to go see it! Plus I really want to try the butterbeer!Avatar Imageatarigurl05 says: Senior trip just got that much better because of the creation of BUTTERBEER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageAudrey Sunshine says: Wow. This is going to be incredible!Avatar ImageBara says: The joy of living in Florida!! HAHAHAH!!! Of course, I'm 5hrs away, but it's always better than being 15-20hrs away. I can't wait to check out the castle & to taste my first Butterbeer.Avatar ImageAll Was Well says: Those lucky Floridians...Avatar Imageclintisagain says: Oh my gosh Amazing! I knew saving from a young age was a good idea! Opening day here I come!Avatar Imageeagleblue says: When are the Road to Hogwarts results announced??!Avatar Imageleigia says: When it opens, I will probably feel like Harry did when he first see the castle for the very first time.Avatar Imageelys_hphg says: oh.....that sounds really amazing. but i guess it will only be a sound for me coz how on earth will i able to go there in florida...hello i live here in the philippines...but im happy to those who are able to see the HOGWARTS castle and to taste BUTTERBEER.......goodluck!!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: I want to try butterbeerAvatar ImageCatherine says: OMG! sounds so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagebettb says: Can't wait to taste Butterbeer! If JKR liked it, then I'm in, too. So is the smart money on a May opening date now?Avatar Imagenewwmoon says: :DAvatar Imagehewy says: The Butterbeer sounds amazing and I'm sure rated G, however, do like the adult version thats in the Leaky Craft section. This place is going to be super special to all us HP fans!Avatar ImageSauvium says: I'm excited for the Butterbeer, I heard that it's delicious.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: From the pictures we have seen alone, it is safe to say that the castle will impress anyone who stands in its presence. That said, I cannot wait to learn and hear more about the experience that fans will have within its interior.Avatar Imageblue_rogue says: Can't wait to try butterbeer. And pumpkin juice.Avatar ImagePotter_Puella says: I can't wait to taste the butterbeer. It has been my dream drink since forever. :9 And it will be just like JKR imagined!Avatar ImagePollytomat says: I'll work hard during the summer break and will definitely go to the Wizarding World in autumn... From all the previews and advertisements we can see that the park is going to be AMAZING!!! :)Avatar ImagePollytomat says: And when will they start to sell butterbeer in ordinary shops? Just imagine: you go to a local supermarket and buy bread, milk, eggs, butterbeer))) Crazy, but great))) Aaaah! That's impossible... Muggles can't know about the existence of wizardry... Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: ahhhhh! BUTTERBEER! i so cant wait :) and the forbidden journey sounds pretty sweet. sounds like jo is really really involved which is awesome :)Avatar ImageLauraKeaton says: I can't wait to be able to walk into the Three Broomsticks and order a butterbeer and not have anyone look at me like I'm crazy.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: I soo want to go!!!Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Woohoo! Butterbeer is Rowling approved! I must raise money!!Avatar Imagekisoiscute says: yes ohya oh ya i am now going to floridaAvatar Imagekisoiscute says: I think I wet myselfAvatar ImageAidenWeasley says: SUPERDUPERMEGASQUEEEEEEAvatar Imageeagleblue says: When are the Road to Hogwarts results announced??!Avatar ImageNicci Weasley says: ooohh! The rooms! Getting to see this irl will be the most awesome thing... Wow!Avatar ImageFifi says: I really want to taste that Butterbeer! :)Avatar ImageHPandtheDA007 says: omg, i can't hear about this! we just went to florida last year as a graduation present for me and now im pestering my parents to take us again. ahhhh this castle is going to be amazing and the Forbidden Journey ride sounds fantasticAvatar ImageMoose_Starr says: This gets better and better and, just when I think that it cant possibly get any better, it just does *squee* I just love watching the Wizarding World featurette on the HBP DVD, it's so exciting ... lolAvatar ImageBara says: This looks like a very exciting place to be this spring.Avatar ImageRoseLane says: YAY! I'm going on my birthday in June! :)Avatar Imagehpismyworld321 says: oh my gosh i am literally bouncing up and down right now!! this is going to be EPIC!! eeeek! haha cant wait! hurry up with the release date people!!!!!!!Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: i cant wait Avatar ImageErinM says: Come on Universal..set the opening date so we can book flights!!Avatar ImageBuffyXO says: I want to go to there.Avatar Imageaj_ellybean says: My best friend and I are going to the park together, and I know we're going to completely freak out when we see Hogwarts. :)Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: I want some butter beerAvatar Imagemadman1277 says: I want some butter beerAvatar Imagemew5645 says: When will it open???? Avatar ImageKami Malfoy says: I'm happy that Hogwarts has been built to sufficient size that people will feel awed by it. The immense size is one of the first impressions that we get of it and that's how it was in the first book.Avatar ImageKami Malfoy says: If Jo approves of the butterbeer it must be delicious, I can't wait to order a cup!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I have a feeling this place is going to kill Disneyworld and Epcot!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I want some BUTTERBEER!!!Avatar ImageRoseann says: I so can not wait to see hogwarts and try the butterbeer yummmmm!!! ROAR

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