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The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Releases Magical Details About The Hogwarts Express! You Will Aguamenti Your Pants When You Find Out!

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Merlin's Beard are we excited for this expansion to open up, especially after the deets that have come out today about the Hogwarts Express!

Not only will guests get to experience the countryside while riding from King's Cross station in the London expansion being built at Universal Studios Florida to Hogsmeade over at Islands of Adventure, they will get to see characters and creatures along the way.

But there's more! There are actually two experiences for everyone riding the 200-seat Hogwarts Express that's nearly identical to that in the movie: one for the trip to Hogwarts, and the other for the trip to London!

And we know for sure that we're going to get to see Hagrid ride his flying motorcycle, the Knight bus stuck in London traffic, and the Weasley twins riding their brooms (we'd love to ride their brooms, too…wink!).

Bloody brilliant! And it won't even be in 3D! It will be real scenes acted out.

Also making an appearance on your ride will be Buckbeak, a Dementor attack, and maybe, just maybe an experience similar to the candy trolley!

Chocolate frogs for everyone! Gotta catch 'em all, right?

If you're not overcome with enough positive emotions to conjure a Patronus, then get a load of this! Just like passing though Platform 9 and 3/4 in the movies, you'll get to walk through bricks to board the train! Or at least it will appear like you're running through walls.

VP of Corporate Communications for Universal, Tom Schroder, put it like this at a recent press event:

"I don't want to give it away, you have to experience it. But you'll see people…Transition through the wall, and you'll transition through the wall as you go to the platform."

We need a good Wingardium Leviosa to raise our jaws from the floor.

Ch-ch-check out some more in a preview released by Universal today…AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Adding Leaky Cauldron Restaurant!

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This news makes us want to buy a round of Butterbeer in celebration!

Universal Studios Florida had an AH-Mazing announcement yesterday, as Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative, along with the V.P. of Universal Creative, Dale Mason, and the set designer for the Harry Potter series, Stuart Craig, revealed that there would be a Leaky Cauldron restaurant as part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion!

1,000 points to Griffindor!

Our favorite wizard pub will be a fixture of Universal's Diagon Alley addition, and according to Stuart will be completely immersive:

"It’s another great opportunity to walk from one space to another to experience the whole thing. We were able to put detail into the ceiling, encouraging people to look up. It’s a 360 degree experience.”

We wish could use the time-turner and fast forward to when the London expansion to the WW opens, but we don't want to rupture the whole time-space continuum, or spin too many times and run into Voldemort!

Until then we will have constant vigilance for updates!

Ch-ch-check out the entire magical announcement…AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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Hogwarts Express Train Arrives At Its Final Destination: Universal Orlando!

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We're all aboard this new photo! TOOT TOOT!

First Starbucks is making Butterbeer, and now the Hogwarts express has officially arrived to Universal Orlando! Siriusly, it's time to celebrate! Chocolate frogs for everyone!

If someone told us we'd have to ram a shopping cart into a brick wall to get to Platform 9 and 3/4, we'd gladly do it, and then have Madam Pomfrey mend our broken bones after!

But now, we don't have to. The Hogwarts Express train arrived yesterday at the Universal Orlando Resort and was placed on tracks between the Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida!

The train will act as a transport between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley in Universal Studios, which will Alohomora (unlock) its gates next year!

There is no sum of

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Universal Teases New Harry Potter Wizarding World Attraction With Magical Art!

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Universal Orlando is going to make like a bishop from Wizard's Chess and move Diagon Alley!

The theme park's magical Wizarding World Of Harry Potter has been delighting fans of the franchise since 2010, but the fun is only half done!

Come 2014, wizards and muggles alike will be able to take the Hogwarts Express from the existing park area to Diagon Alley where they can ride into Gringotts Wizarding Bank!

No one know for sure what the next piece of the puzzle will look like, but if you're anything like us, you're dying to tap a wand on a brick wall to get in! And the new artwork suggests we might be able to do just that!

Ch-ch-check out the pics (below) to see the brand new teaser poster and the original concept art for the exciting addition!

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Harry Potter Gets His Own Convention! Celebration Coming To Orlando Next Year!

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Forget Comic-Con! Next year, we're going to Hogwarts!

Thanks to Warner Bros and Universal Orlando, Harry Potter fans will finally have their own convention!

The celebration will take place in and around The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando and will feature magic dueling classes, a film tribute, a meet-and-greet with some of the films' cast and crew, and more.

They haven't announced what stars will attend yet, but we're hoping they can use their magic to snag Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson away from their busy film and school schedules!

We don't know what we would do first, but we're pretty sure of what we'd do last- get drunk on butterbeer and disarm EVERYONE! LOLz!

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Phase Two Of Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Is Coming Much SOONER Than Expected!

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Yes! YES YES YES!

We'd been so head over heels about the developments for The Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter coming to El Lay and Japan that we had forgotten about all of the changes in the works at the original, in Orlando, Florida!

But as we've reported, Universal is busy expanding the franchise from its Islands of Adventure location all the way to where the Jaws ride used to be, which will allegedly become a new and improved Diagon Alley and London set…and will even house a fully functional Hogwarts Express train that will transport visitors to the original 'Hogsmeade' location!

Hold on to your sorting hat, however, because apparently, this could all be happening much sooner than anyone had anticipated!

Like NEXT-YEAR sooner, you guys!

In an announcement made this morning by Buddy Dyer, the mayor of Orlando:

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Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson Enjoys A Lil Butterbeer At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter!

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Do ya see this, readers?? Do ya??

It's two franchises clashing! RAWR!!! …lol!

Josh Hutcherson, the cutie we see in Hunger Games, went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to enjoy some time off…and a little Butterbeer…om nom nom.

OMG with all the Hunger Games frenzy, the HG water, the HG nail polish…we're just sure the HG theme park is already in the works!

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