Today, Harry Potter film stars Matthew Lewis and Tom Felton took us on a tour, via live webcast, of the new addition of Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They began by entering through the brick passageway to Diagon Alley, and were soon joined by Alan Gilmore, Art Director of the Harry Potter Films & The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Alan revealed that he has been on the Wizarding World project for four years, and that he enjoys every minute of it.
The first stop on the tour was for Tom to exchange his Muggle currency for a Gringotts bank note that is redeemable at many Wizarding World establishments. Next, Matthew decides to head to Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment while Alan takes Tom to a show. The show turns out to be an amazing puppet reenactment of “The Tale of the Three Brothers” from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.
We then find Matthew preparing to send a letter and stamping it with a Gryffindor seal. He explains that, in Wiseacre’s, you can stamp letters with a variety of colors of sealing wax and with the Hogwarts house seal of your choosing.
Cut back to Tom and Alan at Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour. Tom and Alan are about to try some delicious butterbeer ice cream just as Matthew meets up with them and samples some as well.
Tom then announces, “I’m gonna go somewhere where I feel slightly more comfortable…down to Knockturn Alley!” Matthew and Alan decide to forego the dark arts experience and journey to Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Matthew admires the establishment, saying, “This is absolutely spectacular!” He also says to Alan, in reference of the Weasley twin feature outside of the shop, “I’ve got to ask a question, before we go any further…is it Fred or George?” Alan says he thinks it’s Fred because of the way he stands and the way he holds his hat. Matthew says that it’s been a constant debate between James and Oliver Phelps and Alan tells Matthew to have them practice the moves so he can determine exactly who it is.
Tom meets up with the two just in time to head into the Weasley’s store. Just like his character Draco Malfoy, he got the chance to go to Borgin and Burkes and witness the Hand of Glory. Inside of the Weasley joke shop, we get to see extendable ears, chattering teeth, and pygmy puffs. Tom picks out a special pink pygmy puff keychain for Matthew, and Matthew returns the favor by selecting a Dark Mark lollipop for Tom! Tom says, “Would you lick my Dark Mark lollipop?” and Matthew laughingly replies, “No, I’m alright.” Alan takes them over to the infamous Skiving Snackbox section where they find U-No-Poo and Puking Pastille treats.
“This has just been a brilliant journey—turning the films into reality,” exclaims Alan. He reveals that they actually feature many of the original Harry Potter movie props and details at the Wizarding World!
Next, the trio witness the dragon on top of Gringotts Bank breathing fire. Matthew excitedly says, “It’s looks absolutely spot-on from the film!” They go into Gringotts, and see the statue of the original Gringotts goblin in the plaza in front of the bank. The magnificent chandelier—with 17,000 crystals—and extremely lifelike goblins greet them, just as they would have in the films! Matthew and Tom, of course, already have Gringotts bank accounts. The three decide to have a go on the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride to end their adventure, and bid us a fond farewell!
Check back with Pottermore News frequently in the next few weeks for any and all details about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley grand opening on July 8, 2014!
Images courtesy of Canada.com and Inside the Magic.