The stars of Harry Potter talk about Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley
During Universal Orlando's media event last week, previewing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, several of the supporting actors from the Harry Potter films, whom we saw during Wednesday night's red carpet event
, met reporters to talk about their reactions to visiting Diagon Alley.
In this video of highlights from the press conference, you will hear from Domhnall Gleeson [Bill Weasley], Robbie Coltrane [Hagrid], Warwick Davis [Griphook/Flitwick], Matthew Lewis [Neville Longbottom], Evanna Lynch [Luna Lovegood], Helena Bonham Carter [Bellatrix Lestrange], and Tom Felton [Draco Malfoy] talk about their experiences in the new land, contrasting visiting Universal's Diagon Alley with working on the original film-set version.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley opens officially to the public on July 8. Today, Universal announced team member previews for this Wednesday through Saturday, which should pretty much lay to rest any hope of a public soft opening this week. Diagon Alley vacation packages start on Sunday, so we expect Universal hotel guests who booked those packages to get access then, with the possibility of public soft opens to follow only after that. Follow the hashtag #potterwatch on Twitter for alerts from other readers about a soft open, if and when it happens.
I'm hoping someone releases the full conference soon (gotta see more Helena Bonham Carter). Did you get any questions in this year Robert? I kind of get annoyed when I see reporters ask non-theme park questions in a theme park setting. Save it for outside boys and gals. :-)
I asked a question about the Hogwarts Express, hoping to elicit some audio we could use for our Hogwarts Express video, but we ended up not using James Phelps' answer, as it ended up not really fitting what we did. But we only got audio on that answer, so I didn't include it on this.
Anyone else find it tragic that only the Z-List Rent-A-Quote actors ever bother doing the promotions for this kind of thing? I mean, the Weasley Brothers? What do they actually do in life apart from live on Harry Potter knock-offs? I notice Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson wouldn't be seen dead doing this kind of thing.
To be fair, on the Hollywood pecking order, I'd say Helena Bonham Carter > Daniel Radcliffe.
Robert, can you do an article ranking the central Florida parks?
Isn't it great to see Tom Felton smiling instead of the perpetual scowl he had to use for 8 films?
And there's always the fear of typecasting derailing careers. Dan & Emma have expanded their careers pretty well since HP, they probably want to stay the diversification course. They're both young talented actors and can have long careers. But, if they get too associated with Harry Potter, they'll just end up hurting their futures.
I really think Emma and Dan could have at the very least recorded the audio for the ride. The clips that have been released prove they had no involvement with the project. Hermoine's voice is just glaring in the audio from the Hogwarts Express and takes you out of the experience as your trying to figure who is speaking. I'm sure they could have done some audio recordings in their pajamas in a few hours time. I don't expect them to show up for every little Harry Potter event, but they still need to remember where they came from and understand they have fans who adore them. I am proud of what Universal was able to create, but I am disappointed that Dan and Emma could not find a small amount of time during the past 4 years to do a few audio recordings.
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