Expelliarmus! Harry Potter attraction disarms and charms

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando gets ready for its big day

Topics: Harry Potter,

Expelliarmus! Harry Potter attraction disarms and charmsThe magical transformation continues. Although still very much a work in progress, the magnificence of Hogwarts castle is beginning to take shape above Hogsmeade as work continues on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hogwarts will be the home of a thrilling, new, state-of-the-art attraction - Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey - that uses ground-breaking technology to bring the magic, characters and stories of Harry Potter to life in ways never before experienced. Set to open in Spring 2010 only at Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant. (Credit: Kevin Kolczynski)

Full disclosure: I’m a crazy, crazy “Harry Potter” fan. I’m beside myself at the thought of the movie series ending now that I’ve just barely stopped lovingly fondling book 7. I was given a Gryffindor scarf and beanie for Valentine’s Day a while back (thanks, husband!) and have pored over every blu-ray extra on every disc. You can well imagine, then, how frantically I’m stashing my pennies away to pay for a trip to Orlando, just to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the new Universal attraction.

The internet isn’t quite over their “Potter” obsession either. The stars of the movies attended a big VIP bash last night and were given the opportunity to ride the rides and compare the ambience with their own experiences on set. MTV has Daniel Radcliffe talking about his roller coaster thrills. Entertainment Weekly has a host of reviews of the allegedly groundbreaking Forbidden Journey ride. If you want to check out an excellent gallery of photos to whet your appetite, Wired has a great one. And the Orlando Sentinel has a guide to the whole shebang.

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You, me, my beanie and my Hogwarts track jacket (yes, I have one of those too) have a date in Orlando. Are we there yet?

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