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Universal reveals new details on entertainment for Diagon Alley

by Matt Roseboom

tales of the beetle bard puppet in dragon alley

The new Universal Orlando Blog has revealed all the new shows that will be available inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley when the new area opens soon.

The new shows include a puppet show called “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”, singers in “The Singing Sorceress”, an interactive shrunken head and a place to exchange your Muggle money for Wizarding Bank Notes. Here are more details from the blog post:

UPDATE – June 15, 2014: The Universal team member newsletter, “Universal News”, has reported more details on the entertainment. See what they’re reporting in our updates below:

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Performed by a troupe of four from the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts, this trunk show uses scenic pieces, props and puppetry.
UPDATE: “… a new stage show taking place within Carkitt Market, a covered, outdoor shopping area inspired by London’s famous markets. The show will feature a troupe of four from the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts who have set up to perform a trunk show using stylized scenic pieces, props and puppetry fabricated by Emmy-award-winning designer Michael Curry. Curry is best known as the production designer on projects including the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony and the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.
“The performers will retell two of the famed tales of Beedle the Bard, a 15th-century author of wizarding fairytales. The show will feature “The Fountain of Fair Fortune”, in which three witches and a knight meet in their attempt to reach the Fountain in an enchanted garden, and “The Tale of the Three Brothers” – featured in the seventh film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” – in which three wizard brothers come face to face with Death.”

knight bus shrunken headThe Singing Sorceress: Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees
A swinging show with never-before heard songs including “A Cauldron Full Of Hot, Strong Love,” “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart” and “You Charmed The Heart Right Out Of Me” – all titles created by J.K. Rowling. The lyrics also contain never-before-revealed information about Celestina’s wand – written by J.K. Rowling for Pottermore.
UPDATE: “… a musical performance featuring the ever- popular singing sensation of the wizarding world, known from the books as Molly Weasley’s favorite singer, who she listens to on the Wizarding Wireless network.”

Knight Bus
Chat, joke and take pictures with a shrunken head and the Knight Bus Conductor.
UPDATE: “Guests will be able to meet and chat to the Knight Bus Conductor, and witness his rapport with the shrunken head hanging from the rear-view mirror.”

Gringotts Money Exchange
Exchange your Muggle currency for Wizarding Bank Notes from an interactive goblin. The Wizarding Bank Notes can be used within both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade (as well as the rest of our two theme parks) to purchase snacks and items.

For more details and photos, visit the Universal Orlando Close Up blog.

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