Neville Longbottom is famous in Harry Potter lore for destroying the Seventh Horcrux, and fans know he was played by Matthew Lewis in the movies. Matthew was on hand, along with many of his fellow cast members, to tour Diagon Alley and chat with members of the media about his thoughts on the latest part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to come to life at Universal Studios Florida.
Click the video accompanying this article to see my interview with Matthew Lewis during the Diagon Alley preview event. He shared his thoughts on just how awestruck muggles will be when they leave the regular confines of London and step into Diagon Alley, a place that was once off limits to everyone except witches and wizards.
Diagon Alley officially has its grand opening on July 8, even though the preview was held a little early. I attended the event and was awestruck by what Universal has accomplished in an area that was once relatively common as home to Amity and the Jaws ride. That classic attraction is now gone, but even if you miss it, you can't help but be awestruck with the total transformation.
All of the Harry Potter fans who were on hand for interviews shared the same feeling. Even though they worked on the movies, the soundstages had incomplete buildings and lots of green screens. Diagon Alley is real, in three full dimensions.
If you'd like to hear an opinion directly from Oliver Phelps, who played George Weasley in the movies, go to this article to view my video interview with him. He also shares his full opinion on Universal's newest addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.