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Oliver Phelps chats with me about Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida

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Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida features the Weasley brothers very prominently by immortalizing their store, Weasleys Wizarding Wheezes, in all its crazy, colorful glory. You'll even find the giant moving statue out front.

Of course, fans of the movies know that the Weasley twins were played by real life twin brothers Oliver and James Phelps. I had a chance to chat with Oliver at the Diagon Alley media preview festivities to get his opinion of Universal Orlando Resort's latest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Click the video accompanying this article to hear directly from Oliver as he shares his thoughts about how Diagon Alley turned out and the new interactive wands that allow muggles to cast their own spells within the realm.

Oliver was just one of the Harry Potter celebrities who turned out for the multi-day celebration of Diagon Alley's completion. The new area officially opens to the public on July 8, complete with the Hogwarts Express to take you between London and Hogsmeade, the new Gringotts ride (and a fire breathing dragon perched on top of Gringotts) and many, many other elements that fans will instantly recognize from the books and movies.

If you'd like to experience the new area for yourself, visit on or after July 8. Don't forget, you'll need a two park ticket if you want to ride the Hogwarts Express, since it travels between Universal Studios Florida, where Diagon Alley is located, and Islands of Adventure, home to Hogwarts.

I was also fortunate enough to talk with Matthew Lewis, well known as Neville Longbottom to Harry Potter fans. If you'd like to hear his talk with me at Diagon Alley, jump to this article for the full video.

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