Press Conference with HP Cast and Crew at Wizarding World Today (Updated)


Jun 17, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

This morning, a series of press conferences with the cast of the Harry Potter films and the crew behind both the Wizarding World attraction and Harry Potter films will be taking place. Leaky is Live Tweeting the event right here, and will be updating this post with the latest information as it comes online. Stay tuned for photos, videos, and a first hand account of all of today’s events shortly!
First, a panel with the crew behind the park and films speaks:

  • J. K. Rowling’s involvement is, “Critical to [the] process.” Producer David Heyman adds, “She is the most generous of collaborators.”
  • David Heyman describes the Wizarding World as “feeling like a unified space.”
  • Alan Gilmore relates, “Something I never ever thought I would do is build a theme park.”
  • The Three Broomsticks is “One of the most complicated buildings ever constructed in a theme park.”
  • Stuart Craig: “Ten years ago, she gave us a map” that lays out the world.
  • No current plans for any expansions.
  • David Barron comments, “We’re sitting in the legacy really.

Actors Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and Michael Gambon were interviewed next, and spoke about their impressions of the park, as well as the production on the films ending. On the subject of the “Deathly Hallows” film wrapping, Mr. Radcliffe commented on a short film put together by the crew of the film, showing the last sixteen months of production. His response to this film: “I don’t think there is any shame in saying we all cried like babies.” Other highlights:

  • Rupert is most excited about the Pub, while Dan is a fan of the frozen Butterbeer, Rock Cakes, and Treacle Fudge.
  • Michael Gambon jokes he does not abide by the safety rules his character gives during the ride.
  • Gambon was scared of the Dueling Dragons ride. Knew it was a mistake as soon as he got on.
  • Felton and Radcliffe will return to the park if they ever feel homesick for Leavesden Studios.

Next, actors Bonnie Wright, Matt Lewis, Warwick Davis, and James and Oliver Phelps took the stage to give their impressions on the park, as well as talk a bit about wrapping the Harry Potter films. Highlights:

  • Bonnie Wright is happy they can “give a park to the fans… to experience what we’ve had is amazing.”
  • Warwick Davis sums the park up in three words: “This is magic.”
  • James Phelps feels it is surreal you can say “I’ll meet you in the Three Broomsticks for a drink.”
  • Bonnie Wright and James Phelps comment that, unlike on set, you can take things home from here.
  • Cast has raided the shops at Wizarding World. Warwick Davis’ hotel room looks like Ollivanders. Matt Lewis wants the Gryffindor Sword.
  • Matt Lewis believes the States, without its castles, is the right place for the HP theme park.
  • Warwick Davis says finishing Potter films felt like no other film he’s done before. It was very emotional.

Check back to Leaky for complete details on the press conference, pictures, and video!
Update: A number of photos have made their way online from the press conference this morning. Those images can be seen right here in our Image Galleries.

34 Responses to Press Conference with HP Cast and Crew at Wizarding World Today (Updated)

Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Great! Wish it would be expandedAvatar Imageazaadpotter says: Great! Wish it would be expanded foreverAvatar ImageIwishIwas@Hogwarts says: How awesome that you Leaky guys get to be there for all this stuff. You should be though you have worked so hard to make this THE BEST HP site around!Avatar Imagehar1020 says: It looks so amazing! Just as i imagined it!Avatar Imagekelsypants says: I'm loving the constant tweets from this!Avatar ImageTheRebekinator says: I want to go ssoooo badlyAvatar ImageAvanelleWood says: Can't wait to see the pictures!Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: "Michael Gambon jokes he does not abide by the safety rules his character gives during the ride." Ha! I love Michael Gambon. :)Avatar Imageeruanna317 says: Thanks for the (as usual) great coverage! Sad I won't get down there anytime soon, but your pics, videos, and updates make me feel like I'm experiencing it anyway! :)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Awww, now I want Rock Cakes!Avatar ImageProf Thicky says: Wow ! - Warwick is such a nice man - I just want to go and live there forever....only if all the characters are there though ! ( NOT Voldy ! )Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Oh my gosh thank you so much for this coverage. lol I love James Phelps comment about the Three Broomsticks. It's true lol, it is such a cool thing to be able to say. Warwick Davis totally rocks my socks LOL Hopefully that film about the final 16 months of filming will be on one of the DH DVDs. It is going to be *so* sad to see ...Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: It just sounds better and better!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: gnarAvatar ImageLeakyMugLuva749 says: Totally slept through it. But I'm completely excited to go in a month!Avatar ImageGryffindor Cutie says: "Felton and Radcliffe will return to the park if they ever feel homesick for Leavesden Studios." Right there. That's all I need to hear. Avatar ImageDJ Tygr says: It's gonna be the BEST place in the world!!!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Ha i like the comment from Michael Gambon. Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: I want to go ssoooo badlyAvatar ImageShinyPineapple says: i cant wait to go!!!! SQUEE!!!!Avatar ImageDlcohm7 says: Oh please have video of Michael and the rest going on the rides! That would be the greatest thing to see! Besides them walking in everywhere else! And drinking butterbear/pumpkin juice.Avatar Imagelatsyrhc says: Will Universal be putting the videos of the webcasts online for those not fortunate enough to have attended or been available to watch it live? A lot of people I know were unavailable for the first webcast and others will be unavailable for the 2nd. It would be nice if they had these available on their website or release them to the press for inclusions on their websites, such as Leaky.Avatar Imagecoolgirl224 says: I want to go to the theme park so bad!!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That sounds so awesome! I wish I was there at the grand opening.......I want to go get myself a wand and a drink from the Three Broomsticks. *Sigh*Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Awesomenes!!Avatar ImageCatherine says: what happened to Jo? she magically appeared and then disappeared!Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: I like Michael Gambon saing he doesn't abide by rules :D I want to see videos of them on the rides, please leaky. :)Avatar ImageFresca says: I thought Tom Felton looked really handsome in his own hair colour. The picture of the group on the stage on teh Three Broomsticks? stage was pretty neat too!Avatar Imagemollypooh12347 says: I have goosebumps from reading all they have to say. I'm so excited!!!Avatar ImageLittle Light says: You guys are awesome!!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Awwwwwwwww!!!OMG I'm going to go there one day.I't smy ultimate goal in life.LOL =DAvatar ImagePollytomat says: Thanks a lot fro this coverage! I wish WWoHP will make an official video for DH 1 bonus videos! :)Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: What fun!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: soo sooo sick

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