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Rumors abound for 'Wizarding World' grand opening

  June 13, 2010 at 6:34 PM ET
  Cheeser     Google News (via Orlando Attractions Magazine)
  wizarding world of harry potter, universal orlando resort, grand opening, celebrities attending, rumors, june 18

While Universal Orlando Resort will only confirm "special guests," rumors are running rampant about which celebrities will attend the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on June 18.

Will Harry Potter himself, Dan Radcliffe, be there? Billionaire Richard Branson? Legendary film score composer John Williams? The mother of it all, JK Rowling?

Orlando Attractions Magazine has a rumor roundupopens in new window:

Central Florida on Demandopens in new window is reporting that Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliff [sic] and James and Oliver Phelps are coming. They're also reporting that Helana Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) will not be in Orlando.

Kevin Cantor (@FLalldayopens in new window on Twitter) said a Universal sound technician told him the composer of the films, John Williams, will be at the grand opening with a full choir and orchestra.

Fan site rupert-grint.usopens in new window is reporting Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) will be here. Tom also visited Universal back when the new attraction was announced.

The Sunday Timesopens in new window reports that Sir Michael Gambon ("Albus Dumbledore") will attend the opening ceremonies. (Thanks to TLCopens in new window for the info.)

Sir Richard Branson, billionare founder of the Virgin empireopens in new window of companies, visited the parkopens in new window in May, as did Robbie Coltrane ("Rubeus Hagrid"), Emma Watson ("Hermione Granger"), Matthew Lewis ("Neville Longbottom") and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).

NBC's Today Show will be broadcasting live from the grand opening, and the Ellen show will also be taping a segment.

As for JK Rowling's possible presence at the christening, there is no official word as of yet.


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