Fans of the magical movies of “Harry Potter” must have been excited to finally see some of their favorite cast members in one place and hanging out. A mini “Harry Potter” reunion took place on the opening of the latest Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.
On Tuesday, actors Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), and brothers James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) were in unison in rekindling the feel of the “Harry Potter” films as they attended the grand opening of the latest Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.
According to People, the artists gathered together onstage to pay tribute to the school, which taught everything they knew about magic, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They also reunited with Professor Filius Flitwick, played by the 46-year-old actor Warwick Davis.
For Felton, the “Harry Potter” reunion was kind of emotional for him. “[I feel] a huge sense of pride, warmth, nostalgia,” the actor, now 28, told People. “It’s remarkable.”
“I was here years ago as a kid enjoying the attractions myself,” he added. “So to be here as part of one is spectacular, and oddly more emotional than actually the films were, because this place was such a staple of my youth.”
Meanwhile, Lynch shared that he felt grateful to be part of the memorable launch of the iconic symbol in the film series adapted from J.K. Rowling’s widely-read novels.
For the Phelps brothers, revisiting Hogwarts and being in the mini “Harry Potter” reunion with the other cast brought back memories. “It takes you right back to that first feeling you had, and it’s as if it’s never been away. For me it’s a cool thing because when we’re filming, you’re so close to it,” James said. “You still don’t understand the size of it.”
Davis even took to Twitter to express his excitement upon meeting his “students.”
“Me & my ‘students’ backstage at the grand opening of @WizardingWorldUniversal @UniStudios,” the famous professor dished about the most recent mini “Harry Potter” reunion.
According to LA Times, the opening of this new theme park is set to provide Disneyland with real competition. “The product offerings at Universal are such a high quality that they are at the same level as Disney in many aspects,” said Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services in Cincinnati.