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Daniel Radcliffe's sort-of appearance in the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
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Written by Red   
Saturday, 21 June 2014 14:21 got the chance to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, and there were a few things related to Daniel Radcliffe to note (and not). The full report of Diagon Alley will be up soon, but first there should be a discussion of if and how Dan as Harry is featured in the new village.

Now, there are two new attractions - the working and running Hogwarts Express train, as can be seen above; and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Thierry Coup, SVP of Universal Creative, said that Dan was unable to record new footage (audio or video) as he was too busy, but anyone who actually rides the Hogwarts Express will definitely hear Dan's voice as Harry Potter. There's really no denying it, unless they found a voice actor who sounds JUST like Dan. From what it sounds like, Universal took old footage from the film series, and even the old Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, and used audio from those of Harry into the new Hogwarts Express ride. You don't see Dan or Harry in actuality, but just a silhouette of him, so it's definitely possible. Not to give spoilers away, but there is a point where he wards off a Dementor, and that is definitely Dan shouting out the Patronus charm. Dan even admitted that Universal could have used old footage of his from either the films or the old ride, and it's definitely believed that they did. So Dan as Harry is still there in some respect.

As for the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride, Coup said that body doubles for both Dan and Emma Watson (who also wasn't available for filming, though Rupert Grint was), and that Harry, Ron and Hermione are seen in the ride in some respect. It's possible that Dan's face or voice was superimposed on the double, and that it looks like Harry is there, which isn't so bad at all. So fear not, you will get to see a bit more of Dan as Harry throughout Diagon Alley, even if he may not have filmed new scenes.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley will open at Universal Orlando Resort July 8, 2014.