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Daniel Radcliffe, J.K. Rowling Head To Universal For "Wizarding World Of Harry Potter" Opening

June 17, 2010 Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Warwick Davis, Journey, Michael Gambon, John Williams, Oliver Phelps, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and the rest of the cast of the blockbuster "Harry Potter" series were on hand for the grand opening celebration of the highly-anticipated new addition to the Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Radcliffe led a crowd of thousands into casting the Lumos spell to illuminate Hogwarts Castle and its surroundings and begin an awe-inspiring fireworks finale accompanied by "Harry Potter" film clip projections and music.

Also on hand were recent MTV Movie Award winner Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, James and Oliver Phelps, and Matt Lewis. Warwick Davis, who plays Professor Flitwick, conducted a performance by the Frog Choir of Hogwarts.

Film composer John Williams, best known for scoring the unforgettable themes to films like "Jurassic Park," "Star Wars," and the "Harry Potter" films, led the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra into compositions from the "Harry Potter" soundtracks.

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling was also in attendance and walked down the red carpet into the theme park. She worked closely with the members of Universal Creative and engineers to create the new themed land, including the signature "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" attraction, as well as the taste of Butterbeer, and merchandising.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located within Universal's acclaimed Islands of Adventure theme park, officially opens to guests Friday, June 18th.

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By: Maverine Lane

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