Report: at the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

published 4 November 2010
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From 16th to 18th June, was invited to participate in the festivities of the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando.



Today, the Grand Opening Celebration began with a red carpet event at the Evening Reception, where our staff caught up with Rupert to wish him luck on the upcoming release of Wild Target.

Media and guests arrived to the Grand Opening Celebration Evening Reception via the red carpet and were greeted by Hogsmeade villagers who passed out lit wands, served Butterbeer and enticed visitors with Wizarding World treats like Cauldron Cakes and Chocolate Frogs. was able to capture video and images of many of the arrivals, such as, David Heyman, Warwick Davis, James and Oliver Phelps, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and even J.K. Rowling! Of course, Rupert was more than happy to say hi to his fans at, and to post for pictures.

You can see our pictures, and our videos of Rupert and the Evening Reception



This morning, the Press Conferences with the Cast and Crew members of the Harry Potter films took place at the Three Broomsticks pub.

At the first PC, with Rupert, Daniel Radcliffe, Tom Felton and Michael Gambon, our staff asked Rupert two questions:

The first question was regarding his favorite part of the WW, to which he responded that he liked the pubs. We also asked if he was excited that his film Wild Target was coming out in the UK
on Friday. He didn’t know, thinking it was out today, and it was a surprise to him that his movie
was coming out. Dan added that they were so busy that they loose track of the days. “ This is a question from your fans at We wanna know, are you excited about Wild Target coming out on Friday?”
Rupert: “Oh Friday? Yeah. Forgot about that. Yeah, I didn’t realize. Oh cool, yeah. I’m really excited, yeah.” “You didn’t know?”
Rupert: I wasn’t quite,…actually, I thought it was yesterday it came out. Friday!
Rupert: Ok, cool! …. But yeah, I am very excited, yeah, it should be cool.”

This event was followed by a press conference with James and Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, and Warwick Davis where was able to ask more questions and comments.

You can see our videos from the Press Conference here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

In addition, was able to catch up with Rupert again, as he (enjoying a frozen Butterbeer) and David Heyman chatted in the The Three Broomsticks after the press conference.




Today, the cast of Harry Potter, including Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Bonnie Wright, Michael Gambon, Warwick Davis, James and Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis, and Tom Felton, was on hand to welcome guests during The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park’s Official Grand Opening Celebration Event at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

The cast greeted contest winners and runner ups from various elementary schools from across the United States. Afterwards James and Oliver Phelps “lit” fireworks that rained down as snow-colored confetti onto the eager and very emotional park visitors. was able to capture some wonderful pictures of Rupert as he interacted with and rode the Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster with the excited contest winners.

You can see pictures from this event here!



In addition to the official events from the Grand Opening, our staff were given the opportunity of an exclusive interview with Rupert himself, which took place in the back of the Three Broomsticks.

You can see their pictures here and read the entire interview here.

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