A massive fireworks display and the “lumos maxima” spell illuminated Hogwarts castle, led by the stars along with Barry Meyer, chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios. Inside, attendees toured the castle, featuring the Sorting Hat and The Fat Lady portrait, which guards the entrance to Gryffindor Tower, ultimately leading to The Forbidden Journey ride. At the base of Hogwarts, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and famed conductor John Williams, performed the film’s score. Other acts featured the frog choir and dancers.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which was officially opened to the public yesterday, spans 20 acres within Universal Orlando’s Island of Adventure theme park. An estimated $300 million was spent to construct the attraction.
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