The Leaky Cauldron Officially Confirmed for Wizarding World of Harry Potter Expansion

Dec 14, 2013

Posted by: Mel


We knew it was happening, but it’s good to hear it officially: The Leaky Cauldron will most definitely be a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion. In a discussion between Harry Potter set designer, Stuart Craig, the President of Universal Creative, Mark Woodbury, and the Vice President of Universal Creative, Dale Mason, a few details were revealed about The Leaky Cauldron, as well as the Hogwarts Express ride:

The biggest announcement was the formal confirmation of The Leaky Cauldron restaurant. Said Craig, “It’s another great opportunity to walk from one space to another to experience the whole thing. We were able to put detail into the ceiling, encouraging people to look up.” Added Woodbury, “It’s a 360 degree experience.”

There was also mention of the Hogwarts Express train. Said Mason, “The journey from Kings Cross to Hogsmeade is where Harry met Ron and Hermione. You are going to step onto the platform. There will be that amazing, gleaming train. You can board it and take the journey to Hogsmeade.”

“When you get off at London, the first thing you’ll be able to do is walk through the incredible London set. And the level of detail ’ although the same depth of detail in Hogsmeade, it’s totally different ’ A mural mountain village [versus] an urban city.”

You can watch a video of the announcement here or below. Many thanks to Hypable for the tip!

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.