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A report from Infinitus 2010 and the Harry Potter theme park A report from Infinitus 2010 and the Harry Potter theme park

In July, Harry Potter Fan Zone reporters David, Toni and Courtney Gras attended Infinitus 2010 in Florida and also visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. Our intrepid trio has written reports for both events which we can share with you today.

As is the case with all HPEF conferences, there was a vendor room with fine samplings of Potter clothing, souvenirs, fan trips, books and other such commodities. The Potter Art Room and Common Room were in one large area and were frequented often by conference attendees looking for a comfortable place to relax, sing karaoke, be sorted by the larger-than-life Sorting Hat and admire purchased art work. The mascot for the conference was a large dragon in the middle of the foyer which everyone passed on their way to lectures, meals and other events – these reporters argued if it was the Hungarian Horntail or the Chinese Fireball!

Click here to read the rest of the report from Infinitus 2010.

The outdoor setting of Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse is bright and lively in comparison to the darkness inside – but wait – if you thought all this was great – Professor Dumbledore has some words of advice for you – and don’t hurry by – let others pass you! If all this isn’t enough, wait for Harry, Ron and Hermione to guide you the rest of the way from their Defense Against the Dark Arts chamber! Upon seeing the floating candles of The Great Hall, you have arrived – be ready to embark quickly on your ride into the darkness of the Forbidden Journey! Get ready for some tilts and twists on your private car – lots will zoom by you as you follow Harry through many adventures.

Click here to read the rest of the report from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Photo from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening Photo from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort kicked off its grand opening celebration tonight with help from Harry Potter film stars Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, Oliver Phelps, Daniel Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Warwick Davis, Rupert Grint and James Phelps. Hundreds of people gathered in front of Hogwarts castle for a spectacular display of fireworks choreographed to a special performance of music from the Harry Potter films conducted live by renowned composer John Williams. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will officially grand open to the public this Friday, June 18.

WWoHP opening just days away; new details on Friday’s festivities WWoHP opening just days away; new details on Friday’s festivities

With the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter fast approaching (only three days!), we’ve been learning more and more about Universal Orland’s plans for Friday’s unveiling:

  • Universal Orlando has announced via Twitter that legendary film composer John Williams will help grand open the park.
  • The actual Knight Bus featured in the films has been shipped from the U.K. and is now on display in the park.
  • Fans can watch the grand opening celebrations unfold live at this link.

To learn more about the park, click here! And to all of our readers who are attending the grand opening: enjoy!

HP cast visit Wizarding World of Harry Potter HP cast visit Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Emma Watson, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Robbie Coltrane and Matthew Lewis recently visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida.

See Hagrid’s Hut at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter See Hagrid’s Hut at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal has sent over a photo of Hagrid’s Hut from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida. Check it out below. The theme park opens on June 18.

Theme park to open June 18, ride info, John Williams involved Theme park to open June 18, ride info, John Williams involved

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will open at Orlanda, Florida on June 18. Additionally, new information has been revealed about the highly-anticipated Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey draws you into the excitement and chaos of Harry’s life.  As you venture through Hogwarts castle, you meet Harry, Ron and Hermione who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them. Upon taking their advice, you travel by Floo powder, and begin the adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more.

The ride will also explore Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, the Room of Requirement and more.

The ride combines, “[a] revolutionary, 360-degree theme park experience and first-ever combination of live-action, advanced robotic technology and innovative filmmaking”. Additionally, composer John Williams (who scored the first three Harry Potter films) oversaw the ride’s musical score.

You can read the complete information about the attraction by clicking here.

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