Readers' Opinions

From J Baksy on January 22, 2014 at 2:44 PM
Sounds fantastic. I agree about the train ride aspect, I dont have a great feel for how that will play out. The other big worry would be wait times for getting on the train. If it isnt somewhat swift people will just say forget it and just walk around to the other entrance. Should be interesting.

Also Disney... are you seeing this!?!?....hello!?

From Anon Mouse on January 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM
I don't understand the date restrictions of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. I don't think it matters. The buildings are supposed to be timeless (old). The moment in time may suggest the narrow experiences in the book, but why not look beyond a mere story plot.

I guess the latest developments are interesting to behold. What's missing is what I regard as Disney style filler that keeps people in the park. Meet and greets, walkabout characters, shows, nighttime spectaculars.

From TH Creative on January 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM
Will there really be a dragon?
From Annette Forrest on January 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM
OMG! TPI just keeps getting bigger and better. I was blown away by this column by Marc! It got me so bumped to hear more about this expansion. Along with all of Robert Niles' excellent reports and the terrific columns by Amanda Jenkins (whom I hope writes a new one soon!), I hope Marc becomes a regular feature here. I LOVE his stuff!
From James Trexen on January 22, 2014 at 6:08 PM
7. One thing to consider is that Universal didn't announce the original opening date until March 2010 and that project had three years in the making. Given the accelerated schedule for Diagon Alley, getting an opening date tomorrow might be a bit of a stretch. We'll probably just hear an expected time frame.
PS: I'd love to be there for when they officially open the land. It'd be a great day to get on the other rides.

4. While it seems like Gringotts itself will be set during Deathly Hallows, I can't ever imagine Universal opting to feature Diagon Alley to be the desolate wasteland it appeared during that time. I'm willing to bet that they'll just feature it the way it appeared in Sorceror's Stone and Chamber of Secrets while adding in places like Weasley's.

From N B on January 23, 2014 at 1:21 AM
There will be a dragon....
From Marc Kleinhenz on January 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM
@Annette: Thank you so incredibly much for your kind words. I'm currently averaging one post per year for TPI, as most of my energies go to my weekly gigs: Orlando Informer and HuffPost. I'll try to crank up that rate to every six months, though. =)

@James: Excellent analysis. I actually couldn't agree more with you.

~M.

From Seth Kubersky on January 23, 2014 at 8:04 AM
Great roundup Marc!
One clarification: the setting of Hogsmeade can't be during the beginning of book 4 because Harry & co know about the room of requirement, which isn't discovered until the beginning of book 5.
The "moment in time" concept was so they could combine settings without violating canon. And the dragon challenge is intended to be a tribute to the Triwizard champions, not the championship itself. Confusing, I know...
From Marc Kleinhenz on January 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM
The Room of Requirement -- drats! Curse you, Seth, and your impeccable logic!

:P

~M.

From James Rao on January 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM
I think we got maybe two or three out of seven during the announcement, right?
From Marc Kleinhenz on January 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM
Three-and-a-half, I'd say. =)

Either way, it's not a bad tally -- and more than I expected, to be honest.

~M.