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Get wild about Harry Potter Diagon Alley. It officially opens July 8

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:01 am

Diagon Alley Night







By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Looks like everyone will have to wait a little bit longer for Harry Potter… but not that much longer.

Universal officials announced this morning that the magical date for the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley will be July 8.

The new expansion, which  is at Universal Studios and will be actually connect the Islands of Adventures Harry Potter attraction by the Hogswart Express train, gets it red carpet media opening tonight and Thursday morning.

You can get on the red carpet and other behind-the-scenes events at Diagon Alley via Universal webcasts today, Thursday and Friday.

Just go to the link at, and follow the schedule below.


Wednesday, June 18 at 8 p.m. ~  The Diagon Alley Red Carpet Event

  • Enjoy interviews with some of your favorite Harry Potter film stars as they arrive for the exclusive red carpet preview event for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.


Thursday, June 19 at 12 p.m. ~ All Aboard: A Journey on the Hogwarts Express with Oliver and James Phelps

  • Join James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films) as they take you on a journey aboard the Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade station to King’s Cross Station.


Friday, June 20 at 12 p.m. ~ Behind the Bricks:  A Tour of Diagon Alley with Tom Felton and Matthew Lewis

  • Get a virtual tour of some of the most iconic places within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley with your hosts, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films) and Alan Gilmore (Art Director for the Harry Potter films and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter).