Wizarding World of Harry Potter Celebrity Preview Concludes, HP Cast Reveals Hogwarts (Updated with Photos)

Jun 16, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

The live video stream of the first round of opening ceremonies is now streaming live via this link. The webcast is scheduled to run from 9:30 PM – 10:00 PM EST tonight. Earlier this evening, actors Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore), Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), and Warwick Davis (Flitwick), as well as Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling walked down the red carpet into the theme park for the Celebrity Preview. Our previous coverage can be found here and here. A recap of the events to follow!
Update: Here is a brief recap of the opening ceremonies. Leaky’s full report is due shortly.

  • Actor Warwick Davis conducts the Frog Choir of Hogwarts, complete with animatronic frogs, who perform “The Hogwarts March” and “Double Trouble.”
  • Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks speaks and introduces Ron Meyer.
  • Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO of WB speaks.
  • John Williams conducts the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in rendition of “Harry’s Wondrous WOrld.”
  • The Knight Bus pulls into the park, dropping off actors Michael Gambon, Tom Felton, Matt Lewis, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, and Bonnie Wright.
  • Seconds later, the Weasley Car appears and drops off Rupert Grint and Dan Radcliffe.
  • Dan Radcliffe speaks, leads the audience in casting the Lumos spell to reveal the Hogwarts Castle.
  • Firework and light show follows, accompanied by clips from the film projected onto the the foundation walls of Hogwarts.

The first round of photos is now online, and can be found here in our Leaky Galleries. Photos include:

44 Responses to Wizarding World of Harry Potter Celebrity Preview Concludes, HP Cast Reveals Hogwarts (Updated with Photos)

Avatar Imagenarglesohmy says: ... It's not playing yet for me. They're still running images and playing music from the HP soundtracks.Avatar ImageEgor says: ...for me as well.Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: omg. im still freaking out tht there soo close. :)Avatar ImageProfessorLily says: Not working for me! :-(Avatar ImageEgor says: Also your "here and here" hyperlinks above aren't hyperlinks.Avatar ImageHorcruxes says: not working for me. :/ glad i'm not the only one.Avatar Imageirenem1018 says: Still not on!!!Avatar Imageirenem1018 says: Still not on!!!Avatar Imageirenem1018 says: Here goes!Avatar ImageEgor says: It's live video now, of an orchestra. Has it been the live orchestra playing this entire time?Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: I've got an orchestra aswell, they sound great though. :)Avatar ImageEgor says: Actually, it looks as though we're still on a soundtrack and the live orchestra isn't playing yet.Avatar Imagegingersnap188 says: It was flipping between a picture of the castle and the street but it said something about approaching the castle as the owl instructed and then went to the orchestra...Avatar ImageEgor says: Frog Choir!Avatar Imagegingersnap188 says: I see people now!!Avatar ImageEgor says: Frog Choir!Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: OMFG the frog quior!!! this is soooooo exciting!Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: Haha i spelt it wrong :)Avatar ImageEgor says: Why is the frog choir segregated by house?Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: I can't hear what that mans saying. Avatar ImageEgor says: Awesome (sarcastic), no audio of the talking.Avatar Imagewintec says: no sound......Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: I can hear him now yayAvatar ImageEgor says: Sounds back!Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: I have goosebumps from that beautiful theme tune.Avatar ImageTarana says: Yay! It's working.Avatar ImageEgor says: That's an abrasive sounding harp. I wonder if they're using a pizo on it.Avatar ImageEgor says: Also it sounds like the oboe or english horn player is right next to one of the mics.Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: OMG Rupert and Dan!!!!!Avatar Imagekali.crampus says: anyone know how long this is going to be on? it's 4am here, i need to go to bed lol.Avatar Imagejim32809 says: Just to make sure it was live, I went outside when the finale fireworks started... I couldn't see the fireworks, but I could see the glow. (I live about 5 miles from the park)Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: Bonnie looks beautiful. :)Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: Well that was short but ridiculously exciting! I hope everyone who goes has a fantastic time, and to all my fellow HP fans goodnight. :)Avatar ImageEgor says: I wonder if that will be a nightly or weekly spectacle? Also that'd be one heck of a long line for the Forbidden Journey ride if all of those people went to get in line.Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: ohmygawsh i wish JKR had like flown in or something...lol that would've been great! and if it were longer... Avatar Imagehermy007 says: oh my jesus, that was amazing! the fireworks were intense! harry potter forever. Avatar Imagehallows_or_horcruxes says: battle of hogwarts!Avatar ImageTonks1 says: I am in tears. This is just awsome. Can"t wait to go. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Avatar Imagehermy007 says: omg hopefully ill be able to go next year, right before spring break. (sigh)Avatar Imagehermy007 says: wait, hold the phone. mugglenet said j.k rowling arrived at 9:10, I DIDN'T SEE HER! anyone else did? the first thing i noticed was the frog choir. i almost screamed when i saw the cast come forward. Avatar ImageJackMeggers says: my laptop died after Warwick Davis!!! :(Avatar ImageAriel says: The fireworks were wonderful:)Avatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: I love that third pic, everyone is smiling their heads off! Who on Earth got to be there of regular people?Avatar Imagetrontech says: I am so looking forward to the grand opening...tomorrow. I so hope all these celebrities will arrive for it.

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