Hogwarts Makes It To Hollywood
As I was in my apartment applying mascara on my eyes and curling my hair with precision, I looked at myself in the mirror and said: whatever happens happens. Just donâ€™t fall.
This was my first time working press at a red carpet event: I really did not know what to expect.
For this reason, I did not wear heels.
When the executive producer of MUSE, Michael Sandoval, and I set foot on the Universal Studiosâ€™ ground, I felt a strong sense of excitement in the theme park. We set up our tripod, camera and mic at the red carpet where there were dozens of other journalists and reporters lined up.
After waiting for two hours, the celebrities finally started trickling down the red carpet. I first saw Vanessa Hudgens who obviously wanted nothing to do with the press. Her and her friends quickly paced down the carpet ignoring all the â€œVanessa, do you have time for one question?â€ or â€œHey Vanessa!â€ shouts that were being made by various reporters. I didnâ€™t even bother. She wasnâ€™t stopping forÂ nobody.
Finally, I started talking to some stars who actually wanted to stop and chat for a bit. When I asked Warwick Davis who plays Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter series about how he was feeling being back in the World of Harry Potter after 6 years, he said that he was feeling quite emotional, since this was an experience that really changed his life.
I asked the host of @midnight on Comedy Central, Chris Hardwick, which school of magic he identifies most with, and he said
Ravenclaw. He surprised me by being able to recite the quote attributed to Ravenclaw with absolute ease: “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” He justified himself by saying, â€œRavenclaw is the nerds. Itâ€™s the nerd house […] Â Ravenclaw would be the house that would read the Harry Potter books.â€
Thenâ€¦ the one and only Steven Spielberg made his appearance. He was â€œrunning lateâ€ so he graciously refused to take any questions and wished everyone a good night. Thatâ€™s the right way of doing thingsâ€¦ (*ahem* Vanessa *cough*).
I had the amazing opportunity to briefly speak with Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy in the series. He admitted that playing Draco was great because he got the chance to develop over ten years and that he probably won’t have the luxury of doing that again.
The Phelps brothers were as humble and adorable as can be! After asking them about their reaction when they announced that
another Wizarding World of Harry Potter was being built in Hollywood, they said that they were actually not that shocked because there is such a big demand for it. â€œHogwarts in Hollywoodâ€¦ that has a nice ring to it.â€ said Oliver.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra gave us a performance of a lifetime by playing brilliant segments of the enchanting Harry Potter film score conducted by world-renowned and legendary composer, John Williams. Hogwarts lit up like magic and the ceremony was closed with beautiful fireworks shimmering over the grand castle that has finally come to life in Hollywood, California.
I finished the night riding the Forbidden Journey twice, drinking lots of butter beer, walking in and out of various shops in Hogsmeade, and receiving my first magical wand.
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