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New entertainment at Universal Studios Diagon Alley includes Beedle the Bard

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Entertainment like the Frog Choir is quite popular over at Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure, but Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida will have its own wizard-related shows.

You might remember that Molly Weasley was a big fan of Celestina Warbeck, the Singing Sorceress, who performs with the Banshees. Now you can see her live performing songs daily. In addition, you'll see live performances of Tales From Beedle the Bard, including a story that you've never seen performed before. The performances are put on trunk-show style by the Wizarding Academy of the Arts. You might remember the Tale of the Two Brothers from the Harry Potter movies, but the Fountain of Fair Fortune is brand new.

To learn more about the Beedle the Bard show, click the video accompanying this article. Patrick Braillard shared some information with me on what it was like to bring the stories to the stage and how the props were created, including many custom puppets designed by Michael Curry. You'll also see scenes from The Tale of Two Brothers at the end of the video.

The shows are held at various times throughout the day, so be sure to grab a park map with a time schedule as soon as you arrive. There's no theater, so get to the area a little early to secure a good standing-room spot.

If you'd like to see another interview and a bit of the Celestina Warbeck show, jump to this article.

The official opening date for Diagon Alley is July 8. If you want to ride the Hogwarts Express between this new area and Hogsmeade, which is next door at Islands of Adventure, be sure to purchase a two park ticket.

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