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Video: Get an inside look at Harry Potter studio

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    >> matt, thanks. well, there's a new way for harry potter fans to relive the young wizard's adventures. good morning.

    >> hey, ann, good morning. do you recognize this? it is, of course, the place where harry potter was philled. and what's really magical is it's also where the young actors grew up. come have a look. harry potter 's home for more than a decade is opening its doors. i think i know what's in here. wow. magnificent room. let the feast begin.

    >> around the corner an enchanted street. where witches and wizards go shopping.

    >> i still need a wand.

    >> and hidden places that hold dark secrets. i am not going in there. this is a studio tour unlike any other, because whilst children have grown up with these movies, the young actors grew up here. this is a home from home for you?

    >> yes, this is exactly how it was.

    >> oh, hello. they went to school here. both in fact and in fiction. often in trouble with the head master.

    >> you've broken a dozen school rules.

    >> from the time they put the glasses back on --

    >> over the years the "today" show often dropped in for a visit.

    >> everything looks real. this is a real wood floor .

    >> by the end, the actors were too big for the set.

    >> and the bed's over there.

    >> really small.

    >> yeah. got more and more awkward.

    >> and a generation learned hard lessons about good and evil.

    >> i remember sitting in this room as an 11-year-old thinking how cool it was to be the bad guy.

    >> malfoy. drakeo malfoy. looked a little uncomfortable.

    >> a little nervous.

    >> like something's going to spring out of the wall.

    >> the attention to detail that brings harry's world to life, the children were encouraged to carve their names into the table. here's an "a" scratched in there and an "h." maybe for harry. so your initials --

    >> i did nothing. no, i'm good.

    >> others weren't so good. in the last film, hogwarts was destroyed. but while the actors have grown up and gone, a new audience of children -- would you like to live here? -- are finding out about the magic. and ann, they're expecting 5,000 children and their parents through here every day. at the end many of them i imagine will buy a wand like this one. i've bought mine. i've been practicing. seems to be broken, though.

    >> well, i'll practice. keir kimmens, thank you so much. now it's back to us. especially with the olympics occurring it's going to be i'm sure very well attended this coming summer.

    >> your kids into harry potter ?

    >> yeah, they are.

    >> i'm into harry potter .

    >> my oldest son jack adores it. absolutely adores it. i wonder how much they're getting for that wand, by the way.

    >> i don't know. anyway just ahead. we've got giuliana and bill rancic opening up about their tough choices tied to

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Photos: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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  1. The Hogwarts Express arrives in Hogsmeade Station at Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As guests enter Hogsmeade, they are greeted by the iconic, smoke-billowing steam engine, made famous in the Harry Potter books and films for transporting students to a world of magic and wonder. (Kevin Kolczynski / Universal Orlando) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. As guests pass through the arch into Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they can explore the cobbled streets of the highly themed environment, and will encounter iconic locations from the Harry Potter books and films, like Ollivanders and the majestic Hogwarts castle. (Kevin Kolczynski / Universal Orlando) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Visitors stroll the streets of Hogsmeade in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando theme park. The attraction opens to general admission ticket holders on June 18. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Members of the Hogwarts Choir sing for guests. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A clerk, right, at Ollivander's Wand Shop, helps visitors pick out a magic wand. Park guests will have plenty of opportunities to shop for wands, broomstics, scarves and more. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Mounted on the wall of the Hog's Head pub is the hog's head, which will come alive and puff its jowls at visitors. Adjacent to the Three Broomsticks, the Hog's Head pub is where guests can enjoy a cold Butterbeer, pumpkin juice and other beverages. (Kevin Kolczynski / Universal Orlando) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. The entrance to Hogwarts Castle is seen at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Hogwarts Castle is seen at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Construction of the park was overseen by the production manager from the Harry Potter movies. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. The office of headmaster Albus Dumbledore is intricately displayed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling, author of the Potter books, is a stickler for details, and Universal worked hard to get her OK on the park's attractions. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Guests will pass by the regal Griffin statue on their way to Dumbledore's office. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Just like the Harry Potter films, portraits line the walls of Hogwarts castle, the home of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. When passing through the Portrait gallery, guests will encounter several magical talking portraits created exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the four Hogwarts founders. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. An authentic replica from the Harry Potter films, guests will pass by Hagrid's hut on their way to the Flight of the Hippogriff family-friendly roller coaster. Just before they board, Hagrid instructs guests on how to properly approach and fly on a Hippogriff. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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