Expelliarmus! Harry Potter attraction disarms and charms

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

Published June 17, 2010 9:18PM (EDT)

 (Kevin Kolczynski)
(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.

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?

"Harry Potter" film stars get a sneak peek at the park:


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