Harry Potter stars shooting film footage in England for new theme park rides
Published: December 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM
And I'm not just talking about construction inside Universal Studios Florida. British media are reporting that the stars of the Harry Potter films are working at the Warner Bros studios in Leavesden shooting footage for the new Harry Potter rides in Florida and California.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) at the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando in June 2010.
Uh, California? Japan? (Cue the record scratch.)
We've known that the Gringotts coaster that will be the centerpiece of the Diagon Alley land that's under construction at USF would need new film footage as part of the ride. (Concept art suggests that it will make the first appearance by Voldemort in one of the Harry Potter attractions.) But the reference to Universal Studios Hollywood's Wizarding World in the story leads one to wonder if California will be getting the Gringotts coaster in lieu of or perhaps in addition to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride that's housed in Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. Or if California's getting something completely different, instead. Same for Japan. (*The post has been updated to include the USJ reference.)
(Thanks to reader Duncan Henny for the tip.)