"Harry Potter" stars reunite at debut of Universal's Diagon Alley

Harry Potter film stars including Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) attended an exclusive preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort on June 18, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Kevin Kolczynski /Universal Orlando Resort via Getty Images

Stars of the "Harry Potter" franchise cast a spell on the red carpet Wednesday night as they attended the debut of Universal Orlando's newly-expanded Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint -- that's Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley for you Muggles -- weren't on hand for the opening, but other members of the cast were, including Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright, Brendan Gleeson and Warwick Davis.

Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, said the theme park was even better than the sets the films were made on.

"It's far more immersive. There's no scaffolding, no green screen, no electricians standing around," he told Reuters.

The group reunited for a grand opening and media preview of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. The new part of the park has just one ride, a 3-D thriller called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, based on events from J.K. Rowling's seventh Potter novel, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

The new Diagon Alley park also has seven shops, including the Leaky Cauldron pub, Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour and Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. And it even has its own currency, so you can swap dollars for wizard cash.

The original Harry Potter park, located at Universal's Islands of Adventure park, has three rides. A ride on the scarlet Hogwarts Express train connects the two attractions.

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