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Diagon Alley: Everything You Need to Know About Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter Expansion

Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is now open for muggle business. The new attraction at the park (at a reported cost of over $250 million) brings two new rides, lots of shops, magic wands, restaurants and bars and a giant fire-breathing dragon. In advance of the Diagon Alley opening, we took a tour of the new attraction and tested out all the new features. Below is a quick guide to everything you'll need to know about Diagon Alley.

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‘Harry Potter’ Trivia Is Not These Parents’ Strong Suit

NBC

'The Tonight Show' is down in Orlando for the week, and although the 'Harry Potter' theme park they overtook is packed with families, it's really for the kids, because it doesn't seem as if any of the parents in attendance have ever even picked up a book. Need proof? Jimmy Fallon sent out a writer to quiz some park-goers (no kids!) about some basic 'Potter' trivia, and the results were kind of dismal.

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Jimmy Fallon’s Trip to Diagon Alley Takes a ‘Knock’-Turn for the Worse

NBC

'The Tonight Show' is down in Orlando, Florida, this week, camped out at the Universal Studios backlot for some road-tripping fun, and all the better to serve up some exciting sneak peeks at the theme park's newly expanded Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Jimmy Fallon decided to really get into the spirit of things, dragging his faithful announcer Steve Higgins over to Diagon Alley to pick out some shiny new wizarding wands from master wand shop Ollivanders.

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‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Will Not Be Directed by Alfonso Cuaron

Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts
Warner Bros.

Well this is kind of disappointing: for fans who were excited to see director Alfonso Cuaron return to the 'Harry Potter' universe to direct the spinoff film 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' you're out of luck. Turns out that the director will not be returning to the wonderful world of J.K. Rowling after all.

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‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ May Add Alfonso Cuaron as Director

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Warner Bros.

Well, this is an unexpected and perfect surprise: the latest internet buzz suggests that the absolutely brilliant 'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuaron is in talks to helm the Harry Potter spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' Take all of this with a grain of salt until an official announcement arrives, but it's difficult to imagine a more perfect choice for the job.

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‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Arriving November 2016

Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts
Warner Bros.

The saga of Harry Potter may have come to a definitive end with 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,' but his mysterious wizarding world will live on! We already knew that original Potter Author J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with upcoming spinoff film 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' but now we know when we'll be able to see the movie!

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‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Will Be a Trilogy

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Warner Bros.

It was announced last September that 'Harry Potter' franchise author J.K. Rowling is working with Warner Bros. on a spinoff titled 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' and now comes word that the studio will follow in the footsteps of the 'Hobbit' franchise by making the exciting new project into an even more exciting new trilogy, milking every bit of of this magic for what its worth.

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Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and the Characters Who Didn’t Make ‘The LEGO Movie’

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Telltale Games

We've heard from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller that there were licensed characters they tried to get into 'The LEGO Movie' alongside Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Michelangelo, Gandalf and some of the other cameos, but up until know, we haven't heard which characters didn't make the cut. Today, we get a much better look at which characters Lord and Miller had hoped would join Emmet and Wyldstyle on their adventure (and which ones could still show up for the sequel). SPOILERS AHEAD for those who still haven't seen 'The LEGO Movie'!

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J.K. Rowling Admits Harry Potter and Hermione Should Have Ended Up Together

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Warner Bros.

It's been seven years since the 'Harry Potter' book series came to a close and almost three years since the films wrapped up. It's safe to say that this popular tale has officially and definitively come to an end...except author J.K. Rowling has now made the startling admission that the brainy Hermione Granger should have ended up with Harry himself, not the bumbling Ron Weasley.

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‘Harry Potter’ Attractions at Universal Studios Reveal Expansion Details

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

There's no way of phrasing this without sounding hyperbolic, but here it goes: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure theme park is nothing short of astonishing. If you're a Harry Potter nut, it may feel like a religious experience. The massively popular attraction has been a huge boon for its parent company, so Universal decided to bring more Potter-themed attractions to Universal Studios Orlando, the sister park right next door to Islands of Adventure. Today, additional official details about the planned expansion have emerged, along with two pieces of concept art.

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