That’s probably the only coherent word I could think of while watching the Celebrity Preview ceremony of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m sure the video, while beautiful, didn’t hold a candle to the experience of watching the event live.
The event included wonderful highlights, including Warwick Davis conducting the Hogwarts Frog Choir in a vocal rendition of “The Hogwarts March” (from the Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire) and “Double Trouble” (which was featured in Prisoner of Azkaban).
World renown composer John Williams conducted the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra:
The Knight Bus drove in with stars Sir Michael Gambon, Matthew Lewis, James & Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, and Tom Felton; they were quickly followed by the arrival of Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in a Ford Anglia. Dan Radcliffe spoke to the crowd, and then led them in lighting up Hogwarts castle with the chant of “Lumos Maxima!”.
UPDATE: Photos of J.K. Rowling are available via Getty Images.
I will not hesitate to say this, but I bawled like a baby through much of the entire event, but most especially when Hogwarts Castle was illuminated. And I’m sure I’ll cry even harder once I step through those doors a month from now. It literally will be a dream come true for me.