Wizarding World of Harry Potter expanding soon?

Universal Studio’s Harry Potter theme park has attracted crowds of potterheads from all around the world, and has great reviews. The only criticism many people have is that the park is too small! But that may be about to change. Orlando Sentinel has the rest of the story.

Construction is now well underway in Universal Studios on what industry followers widely believe will be the next phase of Wizarding World — a second Potter land, likely themed to London, rising on the former site of the Jaws ride and its Amity Island-themed setting. Universal, for its part, has not confirmed that the work is Potter-related, though it has said Wizarding World will be “significantly expanded” in Orlando.

Although no opening date has been set, most expect the second phase of Potter will debut sometime in 2014 or 2015. The closer that moment gets, the greater the threat that travelers will once again opt to defer their visits to the resort.

Universal already appears to be taking steps to ensure travelers don’t wait. Just two months after finally confirming last December that it would expand Wizarding World, the Orlando resort unveiled a laundry list of additions for 2012.

…”The one factor beyond their immediate control is how aggressive the Harry Potter franchise will be in sustaining its Beatlemania-like appeal,” Johnson said. “The Harry Potter collection of films will be released on DVD in September, but it won’t be long until this next generation of muggles will be relied upon to sustain the wave.”

Who has visited the theme park in the past, and what did you think of it?

Win a Trip to London and Check Out the Harry Potter Exhibit!

This is probably about as close to getting an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, as Warner Bros., in collaboration with Entertainment Weekly, is giving away a chance for you to win a trip to London to visit the Warner Bros.’ Studio, which of course includes access to the Harry Potter Experience.

EW is excited to announce that Warner Bros. is giving away a prize sweeter than some Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes’ candy. To mark the upcoming Sept. 7 release of the 31-disc Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection set, the studio will be giving away a grand prize: A 3-day, 2-night trip for four to London to tour Warner Bros.’ studio, as well as  access to the “The Making of Harry Potter” exhibit. Two first prize winners will receive the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection, containing all eight films on DVD/Blu-ray plus extras spread out over 31 discs.

I’d say that’s quite a wonderful Grand Prize… like winning the House Cup or something!  Just click on the image about to enter the sweepstakes.  You can enter once per day!

Check out the full article and the exclusive video of one of the behind-the-scenes extras that is part of the Wizard’s Collection set by clicking here.

Greg Louganis shares his Potter obsession

Greg Louganis is the US diving squad mentor, a four-time gold medalist, and a potterhead. In a recent interview with “The Telegraph,” he discussed his love of all things Potter.

Most weeks, eating with the First Lady would be the undoubted high point but not this time: that came when I went on a trip to the Harry Potter studio. I was like a kid and played the tourist for all it was worth. I took all kinds of pictures and raided the gift shop: I bought a butterbeer, a Gryffindor shirt, a time turner, you name it.

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan: even my dogs are named after Harry Potter characters. Dobby is a Jack Russell terrier, so he’s my little house elf, and Hedwig is a white Hungarian Pumi.

Read the full article for more information about his time spent in London for the Olympic games.

Mary Poppins to kill Lord Voldemort

That’s right. In the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games 2012 Mary Poppins has been revealed to kill our Lord Voldemort.

This is one report on the event:

A 40-foot Lord Voldemort, evil nemesis of Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling’s books, will kill the happy mood of fantasy children’s literature characters with his arrival trailed by Dementors, the newspaper disclosed.

Then “30 actors depicting Mary Poppins, the magical English nanny, will descend from the roof of the stadium with their opened umbrellas. The nightmare will be banished and happiness restored,” the Times said.

Just before that “jaw-dropping” pageant, nurses will wheel children on 100 hospital trolleys for a choreographed “bed dance.”

Read more about it on The Star

Potterheads, GET EXCITED! 

Rupert Grint carries Olympic torch

How cool is this?!  Rupert Grint participated in the Olympic torch relay in London, which is something I’m sure a lot of us would love to take part in.  We’re so happy that he was able to have this experience!  Way to go, Rupert!

Rupert Grint — who played Ron in the famous Harry Potter films — lent a touch of Hogwarts magic to the Olympic torch relay Wednesday by carrying the flame for a leg in northwest London.

Grint, known for his shock of red hair and for being Harry’s faithful friend, started his turn at Middlesex University and was mobbed as he finished his run.

The 23-year-old actor said that he had not known what to expect, as running was “kind of a new thing” for him.
“I don’t usually run for anything, but it was all downhill so I was OK,” he said. “It was all a bit of a blur. I’m just so proud to be a part of it.”

Some 8,000 people have taken part in the 70-day, 8,000-mile (12,900-kilometer) Olympic torch relay that crossed the length of the U.K. and even ventured into Ireland. The relay ends Friday when the last torchbearer lights the cauldron at the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the London games.

Source: Yahoo

 

Harry Potter Castle is visited by the Olympic Torch!

The Harry Potter castle was recently visited by the 2012 London Olympic Torch!

According to iTv.com, on the 27th day of the Torch Circuit, the torch left Edinburgh where it headed south before crossing into Northumberland and passing by Alnwick castle.

Alnwick Castle is famed for being the castle used in the Harry Potter movies.

Around 400,000 are estimated to have crowded the streets to cheer the flame on.

Read the whole story here!

Torchbearer Brian Tinnion carries the flame past Bamburgh Castle. Credit: Chris Radburn/LOCOG/PA Wire

VIDEO: More Stars Talk About Harry Potter Tour

Here are more actors who were at the opening of the Harry Potter Experience Tour at Leavesden Studios.

Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy)

Helen McCrory, who played Draco’s mum, Narcissa Malfoy, talks about the excitement of getting to ride on a broomstick in the tour.

 

 

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)

Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley, talks about giving back to the fans with this tour.

 

 

Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks)

Natalia Tena, talks about the epicness of this tour and she even gets to plug about her band, Molotov Jukebox.  She’s definitely an interesting woman, this one.

 

 

Wait… what?!

Jamie Waylett, known better for playing Vincent Crabbe, has been found guilty in a court case concerning riots in London. He was given a 2 year sentence.

CNN reports:

Jamie Waylett, 22, who appeared as Hogwarts school bully Vincent Crabbe in six Harry Potter films, was found guilty of violent disorder at Wood Green Crown Court, in north London.

He also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods during rioting last August, according to court documents posted online.

Waylett was given a two-year sentence for violent disorder and 12 months for handling stolen goods, to run concurrently, according to the court documents.

Rioting first broke out in Tottenham, north London, in the wake of a peaceful protest over the fatal shooting of a local man by police. It spread to other parts of London and other English cities over the following days.

The disorder was followed by a huge police crackdown on suspected rioters.

According to London’s Metropolitan Police, across the city there were more than 3,800 arrests for a variety of offenses, including burglary, arson and violent disorder. As of last week, more than 1,300 people had been sentenced, with nearly half of them sent to prison.

What’s your reaction?

Read the whole story here!

VIDEO: Tom Felton Gives Brief Tour of Harry Potter Experience

Tom Felton shows off parts of the Harry Potter Tour in a lovely t-shirt

This video actually gives more insight of what to expect when you go on the Harry Potter Experience Studio Tour.  On the UK morning show, Daybreak, Tom Felton shows some really memorable sets in the tour, all the while displaying his love for a certain Weaselby.  You have to love Tom for having quite an amazing sense of humor and for always appreciating all that the Harry Potter franchise has done for him.  He never seems to want to shy away from what was a big part of his life, and you can tell that he will always cherish his time there as part of the films, as much as the fans cherish our time with them.

 

VIDEO: Rupert Grint Talks Props

Here’s a little video of Rupert Grint talking about the new WB Studio Tour in London that just opened to the public yesterday.

What I find interesting about the video is that Rupert can’t seem to get his hand off his “manky old” shoe, fingering the seam of where it is falling apart.  It’s kind of endearing at first, but then it starts becoming a distraction, in a funny way.

Source:  TelegraphTV