The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Gets Diagon Alley Expansion

Posted Thursday January 23, 2014 12:20 PM GMT

Taking J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter franchise to a whole new level, Universal Orlando is gearing up for the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Diagon Alley.

The expansion of 2010’s Hogsmeade attraction makes the attraction twice as large with a modern-day London setting that includes Leicester Square, the Wyndham Theater, and Grimmauld Place.

Universal Orlando art director Alan Gilmore told USA Today, "We went to London and measured every building. This is an absolute raising of the bar in level of detail."

Even “Harry Potter” film series star Matthew Lewis was impressed when he previewed the park- "I've spent a lot of time on trains back home and a lot of time at King's Cross. What they've recreated just looks brilliant, absolutely spot on. I think it's going to blow people away."

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Diagon Alley will feature Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, the Magical Menagerie, Quality Quidditch Supplies, Scribbulus, Wiseacres, The Leaky Cauldron Pub and Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Palrour.

Photo Credit: Universal Studios

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