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

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Jun 17, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

Due to technical difficulties, here is our earlier recap of the events from the first part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter grand opening. Last 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.
Here now 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, the President and COO of Universal Studios.
  • 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:










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

Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: First! Thats awesome. I just cant describe it in words. OMGAvatar ImageIwishIwas@Hogwarts says: Great pics! Hope the cast enjoyed it!!Avatar Imagemyharrypotter says: awesome :PPAvatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: I loved when Dan and Rupert arrived in the Ford Anglia!!!! Even better than arriving by The Knight Bus!Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: Michael looks tired.Avatar ImageProf Thicky says: My first post ! ........ looked at the pics - great ! ....but .....erm, as a rubbish Divination student, I reached for my crystal ball - is JK pregnant ? - or has she eaten too many pumpkin pasties ???Avatar Imagesueml says: Looks like fun - but boy - those English sure don't know how to dress for a Florida summer! Bonnie and J.K. Rowling are the only ones properly prepared for the weather. Dan and Tom look so sweaty - but even so - Dan looks good in these photos. He looks so much better in these natural shots than those stylized fashion shoots. Ah well - you Floridians are a hearty bunch - I'll take my frigid Boston winters over your summer heat any day!Avatar Imagenutela17 says: its awesome wanna go there Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Oh wow! I would LOVE to be there :) xAvatar ImageDiamondWings says: AWESOME!!! But why Emma wasn't there???Avatar ImageProf Thicky says: Agree with Diamond Wings - why wasn't Emma there ???Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Emma was not there probably because she is in university and it is exam time. I love Jo's necklace!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: bonnie is a total babe and jo is a bossAvatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: OMG I wish I could have seen this and been there.Avatar ImageMissHermione says: Bonnie Doesnt look like herself!Avatar ImageGryffindor Cutie says: I saw a lot of this on video this morning and it was absolute magic! I didn't know that Dan and Rupes came via the Weasley car! How bloody magnificent is that! Wow!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Oh man i sooo wish I was there seems like it was so much fun. Avatar Imagekatielilly says: Wow this sounds so cool! I wish I could have been there and seen it!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Those pictures look so cool! I didn't know that Tom's hair was that dark, I knew he bleached it but I still thought he was a natural blondie. Bonnie looks so sophisticated, I just love her hair! Jo looked absouloutely stunning!(Ohh, I sound like a reporter!) Rupert still looked like his own self, but older....I wonder where the pictures of Dan and Micheal are?Avatar Imagenarglesohmy says: Yay, there's Jo! I was so disappointed last night when she didn't make an appearance.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: This is all TOO COOL!!!Avatar ImageHPJOSIAHHP says: This is...................................AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageAbbyWeasley says: THIS IS SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImagePollytomat says: Awesome! Good idea with the Weasley car! :]Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Everyone looks good! I must say.. the Twins are looking rather nice ;)Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Nice pix...Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: great pics

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