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Wizarding World of Harry Potter gives a date to release the opening date

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At noon EST on March 25, the official opening date of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will finally be revealed. Even though it seems kind of silly for Universal Orlando Resort to have kept a detail as simple as that a secret for this long, its plan to slowly release information about the theme park has worked: This is now the fourth PopWatch post I’ve written on it. They’re calling it “The Most Incredible Theme Park Experience Ever” so there is a lot of pressure to live up to the hype. I think we’ll know whether they’ve succeeded when details about the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction are also disclosed on the official site Thursday. That’s the part of the park that lets you walk through the halls of Hogwarts, and probably laugh at people recreating scenes in Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Room of Requirement, and the Gryffindor common room — until you realize you just corrected their line reading in your head and have already decided to buy two remote control Golden Snitches in case one breaks. There’s also a ride that will use “groundbreaking, state-of-the-art technology (and a little magic)” to send us soaring above the castle grounds as we accompany Harry and friends on “an unforgettably thrilling adventure.” Again, no pressure!