The Wizarding World Premieres at Universal Studios Hollywood
April 5, 2016, 9:40 PM ·
Universal Studios Hollywood welcomed some of the stars of the Harry Potter films to the park tonight to kick off the opening celebrations for its new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Tom Felton [Draco Malfoy], Evanna Lynch [Luna Lovegood], James Phelps [Fred Weasley], Oliver Phelps [George Weasley], and Warwick Davis [Professor Flitwick/Griphook] appeared at the premiere ceremony, along with Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, who conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a live performance of music from the films, as projection mapping enveloped the castle and fireworks exploded overhead.
Here are a few highlights from our Twitter coverage:
Park President Larry Kurzweil followed the Frog Choir by trying out a wand, lighting the stage on fire in the process. Then he was joined on stage by Universal Parks chairman Tom Williams, NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer, and Warner Bros. Chairman Kevin Tsujihara for a round of speeches. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti lightened the tone by trying to cast a summoning charm (in Spanish!) for a traffic-free city, then urging visitors to ride LA's version of the Hogwarts Express to the park — the Metro Red Line.
Then it was time for the celebrities... and the music.
If you missed Universal's live stream of the ceremony, here are the best parts, including the full orchestra performance:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens officially to the public Thursday morning, with an "opening moment" planned for 6:15am, in advance of the land's 7am early-entry opening. Universal has announced that the park is sold out for Thursday's opening day, so expect wall-to-wall crowds for the public debut. Keep reading Theme Park Insider for coverage of that, as well as Wednesday's Q&A sessions with the actors and the creators of Universal's Wizarding World.