Skip to main content
  1. Travel
  2. Local Getaways

Matthew Lewis talks to me about Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida

See also

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.


Today's top buzz...

  • Apps
    An aggressive public relations campaign is essential for new apps released each week
    8 Photos
  • Paul McCartney
    Take a look inside the Paul McCartney Out There tour soundcheck in Lincoln, Nebraska
    20 Photos
  • Parmesan crusted burger
    The burger makes a statement with its overflow of melted swiss cheese over a hot beef patty
    6 Photos
  • Marvel Comics news
    Marvel Comics news: 'Avengers NOW' with Falcon as Cap, and the new film schedule
    5 Photos
  • Using metalic paint
    Metallic paint can be used to refinish furniture or to create the illusion of a larger space
    5 Photos
  • Jacob Coker
    We are counting down our top 25 college quarterbacks for 2014
    Football Preview

Related Videos:

  • The Purge: Anarchy
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//;VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • How frequent do you want your fear? Choosing Halloween Horror Nights tickets
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Roadside art: Its amazing and its everywhere across the U.S.
    <div class="video-info" data-id="516992782" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>