Harry Potter Celebration kicks off at Universal Orlando with celebrity Q&A, new Diagon Alley details for Wizarding World

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Harry Potter fans have descended on Universal Orlando this weekend not just to visit the ever-popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter and spy on the ongoing Diagon Alley progress, but to see celebrities and interact with all things magical.

“Harry Potter” film stars James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley) are in town for the entire weekend, appearing in presentations and telling amusing stories from making the iconic movies.

During a kick-off event Friday night at Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida, the cast watched clips and answered questions in front of a crowd of hundreds of fans. Watch the entire introduction and hilarious moments from the special event in the video below.


Video: Harry Potter stars Q&A kickoff at Universal Orlando for Celebration Weekend 2014


Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

At the end of the Q&A session, Universal moved the topic to the Diagon Alley expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, repeating details just announced this week as well as announcing a few products that will be sold in Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.


Video: Diagon Alley talk with Harry Potter stars + Weasley’s merchandise revealed at Universal Orlando


Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

In addition, a press conference was held featuring most of the “Harry Potter” cast appearing this weekend answering even more questions in an intimate setting in the park.


Video: Harry Potter stars interviewed at Universal Orlando


Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

The Celebration of Harry Potter continues throughout the weekend at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure with presentations open to all guests of the park at no extra cost. Other exciting panels include wand dueling demonstrations and a look at the creation of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (more on those soon). In addition, a Harry Potter Expo with special booths and entertainment is located in Soundstage 33 at Universal Studios Florida (more on that soon too).

More photos from the Celebration of Harry Potter 2014:
(Photos and video by Ricky Brigante and Karin Yarnell)

4 Comments

  1. E.F.

    Lovely.

    And after they finished building a new Harry Potter area at Universal Studios Florida, I would also love if Universal would think of close down the Marvel section at Islands of Adventure and re-theme it into Japanese Manga and Anime. I know you and I did not saw it happening, but what is your opinion about it? Well, my personal opinion is that Universal should close down that Marvel section along with all of its attractions since Disney owned Marvel and secondly Manga/Anime would be a great fit for that park since those Japanese cartoons are so very popular worldwide and even there’s a lot of Anime fandoms. It would be great if Anime would be brought to the world of theme parks like Universal someday even though I know you doubt it.

  2. Peter Parker

    I enjoy Manga/Anime too but the Marvel license is much more valuable for the park and overwhelmingly more recognizable. Bottom line, I want the park to be successful and to build on its great brands. The Marvel contract is still in place for many years and children from around the world will still come to see Spiderman. It would make much more sense to bring Manga & Anime to the Toon Lagoon section of the park if there is a market for it.

    1. E.F.

      Y’know, that’s a good idea for Anime and Manga for being at the Toon Lagoon area. It would be like an attraction or a section with in a section based on Anime/Manga. What’s your opinion on that?

      1. E.F.

        It would be called “AniMetropolis” (a portmanteau of “anime” and “metropolis”)

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