Tonight, in order to avoid doing laundry, we watched a live streaming video of the grand opening of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the new theme park in Florida that lets Muggles visit Hogwarts and other fictional places in the Potter universe. Actually, this evening’s 30-minute webcast was just part one of the opening, billed as a Celebrity Preview event, with appearances by cast members from the Potter movies (don’t plan on doing laundry on Friday, when the actual, open-to-the-public grand opening will be webcast). Among the highlights: The Frog Choir of Hogwarts (a bunch of singing amphibians led by a pint-sized conductor), John Williams and the Orlando Symphony Orchestra playing music from the movies, and appearances by Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe, who led the crowd in a mass wand spell that triggered a light show and fireworks over the darkened park. For our money, the “lumos” could have been a little more “maxima,” because we could barely see a thing on our computer screen. But, hey, it beat washing our underwear.
Did any of you PopWatchers happen to catch this live feed? And are you planning to tune in for Part Two on Friday?