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Diagon Alley ready for fans at Universal Orlando; Harry Potter stars skip event

Helena Bonham Carter was at the media day of Diagon Alley
Helena Bonham Carter was at the media day of Diagon Alley
Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

The excitement is in the air as Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter got a first look by the media on Wednesday. The popular Orlando vacation spot is adding on to their already established theme park and it will open up in time for the summer guests who want to indulge themselves in the story about the popular Harry Potter series. However, it appears that the biggest stars from the movie are still desperately trying to distance themselves from the franchise. According to MTV News on Wednesday, there were plenty of stars from the movie, but Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint didn't attend the media event and it is still up in the air if they might attend any of the festivities.

While fans had to be disappointed in the idea that the three main characters of the series weren't interested in being part of the media day, it’s particularly interesting to see the stars who did come. Tom Felton and Helena Bonham Carter were both on hand to check out the moment and add a little star power to the event. So was Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, Domhnall Gleeson, Matthew Lewis, James and Oliver Phelps, Robbie Coltrane and Warwick Davis.

Joining in the fun of the media day was “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” as the show sent a writer to the park to ask parents about facts on the Harry Potter movies on Wednesday. Since the kids have read the books, many would assume the parents would know a few details. Unfortunately that was the wrong assumption as people were clueless on details about the story and the book.

The reviews of the new edition to Universal Orlando have been overwhelmingly positive. People love the attention to details and the relationship the theme park has to the book. Giving people a theme to explore the details of the movie (and beyond) it seems this will be a popular destination for the summer crowd!

Diagon Alley opens to the public July 8. 2014. Hopefully Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will, at some point, show up to the park as this franchise was the foundation to their careers.