Ahead of the grand opening of Universal Studios Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Thursday, Tom Felton (or Draco Malfoy as he is known and loved by many muggles) treated fans to a tour of the park. According to supervising art director Alan Gilmore, the new site is "as close as you ever could be to a film in a theme park." He explained to Entertainment Weekly:
“Turning film sets into real buildings is really quite an amazing journey. There’s no electricity. It’s all gas lighting, oil lighting. Any machines are mechanical, they’re not modern electronics. You’ll see motors; you’ll see chains; you’ll see the kind of older style of engineering.”
The video tour, which comes courtesy of USA Today, explores all of the places you might expect to find in J.K. Rowling's magical world, and even a few extra surprises along the way. We can't imagine how nostalgic it must have felt for Felton. He confessed:
"It is really cool to have a place like this to come back to. Every time I get homesick, I can come here and re-live a bit of my childhood."
Whether you have a visit to the park in the pipeline or not, this virtual experience is essential viewing. Here are Felton's must-hits.
Drinks At The Three Broomsticks
After sampling the Dragon Scale ale, Felton insisted that his favorite was the non-alcoholic Butterbeer:
"It’s amazing that they took the time and made the food and drinks from Hogwarts a reality. And a frozen one is particularly good when it’s hot."
Selecting A Wand At Ollivanders
Felton revealed that as most of the movie props went to museums and exhibits, he never had a wand of his own:
"I didn’t have one, but I do now. They didn’t let us keep the real ones. You’d think there would be thousands of them, but they only had two of mine."
Getting Kitted Out At Gladrags Wizardwear
The robes are so realistic that they even have a hidden built-in wand holder and pockets:
"When we were filming, they sewed these pockets up because I would put chocolate and sweets in there."
A Sugar Fix At Honeydukes
Felton seemed particularly fond of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans:
"It’s a fun game, you give them to your friends — the good ones first and then the bad ones. I think I just tried earthworm."
Toy Time At Zonko's Joke Shop
The elephant on a bike windup toy is clearly a firm favorite for Felton:
"I have one of these at home. He is not a great bike driver."
Exploring Hogwarts Castle
One of the main attractions of the Wizarding World is, of course, Hogwarts itself, which houses the 3D-HD ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and a hall of talking portraits.
"It’s all quite remarkable. I’m just feeling joyous and happy."
We would be too, Tom! Watch the full video tour below:
Will you be going to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?
Source: USA Today