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You may have already caught my red carpet interviews at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where a number of the franchise's stars and creators were on hand to celebrate the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the last film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. But that was really just a small part of a long and almost ridiculously fun weekend in Orlando, where attending press were given free reign of the Universal Islands of Adventure Park, sit-down interviews with members of the cast, and at the end of the red carpet, after-hours access to everything in the Wizarding World. I rode a roller coaster immediately after drinking a vodka & pumpkin juice cocktail and downing some Cauldron Cakes dessert. I regret nothing.

For the part of my visit that isn't just a travelogue about how unbelievably cool the Wizarding World is-- that would get boring for both of us, I think-- check out these three videos below. The first is a brief recap of everything I'd gotten up to on the first day, filmed, as you might notice, on the streets of the park's Hogsmeade, not far from the Hogwarts Express stop and the shops Zonko's and Honeydukes. After that are interviews with Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), talking to them about their experiences becoming part of the Harry Potter family and what their lives have been like since the films ended. Behind Isaacs you can glimpse the Hogwarts replica that hosts the park's best ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey; Lynch and Williams were stationed outside the Three Broomsticks, with throngs of fans just off camera. In between interviews they both stepped down to sign a ton of autographs, and as you can hear in the interview, Lynch is no stranger to hanging out with tons of Harry Potter fans.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is now out on Blu-Ray and DVD, and as you've probably heard, crammed with bonus features in addition to the gorgeously shot movie. Check out the videos below and share in the one last big Potter celebration.