The Weasley siblings visit Diagon Alley
Three of Weasley siblings visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley this morning, as their actors, James and Oliver Phelps and Bonnie Wright, posed for publicity photos in the new land, set to open to invited reporters in less than two weeks. You can follow the links below for more details about each establishment, from our "On the Road to Diagon Alley" series. All photos are courtesy Universal and the actors.
Here they are the Hogsmeade station, next to the Hogwarts Express:
With the Hogwarts Express crew in Kings Cross Station:
Inside the lobby of Gringotts Bank. Perhaps they got a chance to visit their brother, Bill, who plays a role in the ride's preshow.
A stop for refreshment, eating Butterbeer ice cream at Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour.
And, finally, a stop at the family business, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.
Update: And now, the video:
WOW!!!!! That is all I can say....
Looks sooooooo average - Disney is better with a small train coaster that rocks back and forth....
Maybe it is just me but I just don't get all the hate between lovers of Universal and Disney. Both parks are great at what they do, they just happen to cater to different demographics. I am an AP holder at Universal but still Love to go to Disney. BTW I am looking forward to riding Gringott's but I will be waiting for the crowds to die down a bit.
Will someone remind me why the Weasleys are always the spokespeople for a land named after Harry Potter?
Orrin, only people who have spent untold thousands at both resorts can really make a comparison between the two....
These are some of the best pics we have had so far of Diagon Alley. This is a world class attraction and will last for years to come.
I do like all Theme parks in Orlando, but if I have a choice (which I do), I prefer Universal. We do visit Disney also. But Universal is blowing away Disney. In just a few years WWOHP now on the eve of Diagon Alley….. Oh Disney is real good at raising prices and giving you the sane product….
This is exactly the experience I am looking forward to.... nice open spaces and no crowds!
Im drooling!!! Like seriously drooling and hyperventilating! Oh why cant i live in florida and why must i be moving to Chicago? A trip for me must be put in order in the coming years.
I barely even remember the minor characters like the Weasleys. If anyone should visit the park, it should be the well-known adults who played the teachers. They have the bigger names and the bigger roles.
Just a heads up-- Travel Channel's Trip Flip will be airing an episode where they send a family to Universal Orlando and it will include some parts of Diagon Alley (according to the commercials). It airs this Wednesday so check your local listings. :)
Please keep in mind that the actors "sign on" to promote things like Diagon Alley. If an actor decides they don't want to do it, Universal can't make them. I'm excited that these three amazing characters decided to do it. If Daniel (HP) thinks he needs to distance himself from his HP role, it is his decision. Many a child actor gets so identified by one role. . . they never act again. I like Daniel and hope he makes a solid transition to other work.
Funny, the last time I brought up the question of why Universal always pulls in the B-listers for these types of videos/events,
James, if you're referring to Mr Radcliffe he's been pretty much fully employed in the UK ever since he stopped doing the Potter films. He's done several other films but also been in a number of theatre productions, (serious plays), and to generally very good reviews indeed. Possibly because they have mostly been in the UK you wouldn't realise that he's been working. I suspect he has more money that he knows what to do with and is content working in theatre where the dynamic is very different. He seems to be carving a good career as a serious stage actor - who would have guessed?
^Not going down that path again... Radcliffe is not
James, it's not that I have anything against using B-actors, I just wonder why the Phelps twins are always the ones used for promotional material. As for the other actors, the thing is, you can throw a lot of money to get them to do projects, but they sometimes just have no desire, thinking it is not worth the time/money. When you look at the voice cast for the Harry Potter video games, it's a pretty underwhelming/disappointing lineup. Sadly, the same goes for theme parks.
I can't believe Daniel Radcliffe didn't take a break from doing 8 shows a week on Broadway to take publicity shots for a Florida theme park. He's so lazy.
Radcliffe is the "A" list. He showed up only for the actual media event last time. Universal needs to change up the star line-up for the media event from the preview shots to maximize coverage, so I expect Universal to "hold back" some of the bigger stars for that event.
James, since you live in the USA I'm surprised that you have such a detailed knowledge of the workings of a British actor, living and working in Britain. US TV must have got a whole lot more GB-centric than I remember it.....
Ugh... Sorry I asked, but my question was really about Universal not Mr. Radcliffe's burgeoning stage career. I simply wanted to know why Universal was not pulling in the "big stars" (terms used loosely) in support of this expansion (thanks for providing an answer to that question, Robert). No offense to the Danny Radcliffe fan club was intended, I assure you.
Don't worry - I'm not a member of the fan club... Not even a fan to be honest. Just defendng a fellow Brit, (we have to stick together - not that many of us!) :)
Honestly, Radcliffe is small potatoes to me... Robert says he's A-list, but I'd be MUCH more interested in seeing Emma Watson at the premiere than Danny Radcliffe....
And you a married man, Mr Rao! Tut tut... ;)
Why wouldn't they have the Weasleys there? The twins have a store there, afterall. It wasn't a huge event, just a simple walkthrough. I would expect them to pull in bigger stars for the grand-opening but bigger stars are always going to be harder to get due to scheduling conflicts.
@David I said "seeing Emma Watson", nothing more, good sir! I am a husband, father, and gentleman of impeccable standards. In fact, I run my home the same loving way a British bank runs its business...with precision! After all, the Rao home requires nothing less. Tradition, discipline, and rules must be the tools! Without them: disorder! chaos! moral disintegration! In short, we have a ghastly mess! ;)
Forget Emma Watson, if Maggie Smith's there, I'm in.
Do we know the relative costs of Potter-verse celebrities? It could be something as simple as the fact that lesser Weasley siblings are cheap.... !
^Too funny! And yes, I am sure cost is a big factor. Roll out the expensive Potter "stars" just for the main event. The single guys are wondering how much Emma Watson costs... ;)
If Alan Rickman showed up to any of those events, I would beg, borrow, steal or bribe my way into it...LOL.
Ah yes, those sweet innocent Mary Poppins days, cor blimey, luv-a-duck, hows'-yer-father and make no mistake me old china.... :)
As much as I love Disney World, Harry Potter is awesome and the destruction of Amity seems worth it. Can't wait to go to Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes :)
@ James Rao, so they're not megastars, who cares? They're still known well enough by the people who will be attending and will enjoy seeing them.
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