Robbie Coltrane Introduces Universal Studios' Diagon Alley

Robbie Coltrane Introduces Universal Studios' Diagon Alley

Robbie Coltrane, the man behind the half-giant Hagrid from the “Harry Potter” films, introduces Universal Studios Orlando’s newest attraction, Diagon Alley. Plus, what’s next for Robbie? Universal Orlando Resort’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley officially opens on July 8.

I never wonder where your mom and dad are at all? Wizard, harry. I'm a what? A wizard. He revealed to harry potter that he was indeed a wizard. That was back in the first harry potter film. The man behind the half giant, Robbie Coltrane joins us now in Orlando where the brand new land of diagon alley is happening. People are walking around hanging out. Robbie, can you hear me okay? I see you reaching for the ear. I can sort of hear you, yes. The official opening in July, July 8th, what is it like walking around your old stomping grounds? Well, that's exactly what it feels like. My old stomping ground, you so kindly call it with very -- I want to say two dimensional. But when you're working on a set, the set has to be able to be moved so you can reset cameras and lights and so forth. But this is entirely three dimensional. So this is now a real street that you can go into the stores, you can guy things, you can have fun. There's lots of magical things, things that are scary. The extraordinary thing is when we filmed all the films, there was a roof over us and it was open air. You're getting real daylight with the buildings and so forth. It's terrific. And you can tell they made a fantastic job of the London part. It's just staggering, isn't it? You could be in London. Except for the weather, obviously. No weather there. When do we think fans are going to be most excited about? This looks tremendous. What I've done is they've extended the alley, it's now about twice the size that it was when it was a set. Do you have a wand? Are you about to do some magic? Well, actually, hagrid is not supposed to do magic. He got banned from doing it 500 years ago. You're free now, so -- Some magic. You have a wand. Let's see some magic. Robbie, how tall are you? Because hagrid was the half giant. And how did they make you to tall? I've always wanted to ask you. Well, I'm not really allowed to say. What? Initial it was was just tricks and digging holes for other people so I looked like I was 8'6". But eventually they came up with a wonderful solution where they had somebody who really was 8'6". But it was done with prosthetics and a big rubber head that looks like me and it was incredibly complicated. Robbie, I know your K wanted you to do this movie. How do you top it for the kids? What's next for you? Oh, what's next for me? Well, I'm writing a book. I have a couple of film projects I'm not allowed to talk about. But I think the kids are going to be so excited coming around here because it's a whole day's worth of just walking and being amazed. Lths wonderful special effects. Some parts of it are quite scary, even for a grown-up man. Robbie, what is it like seeing the kids? They all grew up right before your very eyes. Emma is a fashion staple, a fashion database everything she wears they talk about. I know. I know. Yeah. They've all turned into big stars. Daniel is the host of Broadway. The twins are doing all sorts of things. It's been wonderful to watch them grow up and turn into really likable adults. Do you know whey mean? Because they could have turned into horrible little movie brats. Some kids do. Did you have anything to do with that? Well, I'd like to think so, but I doubt it really. They have very good directors and good parenting, I'd say. J.k.wo Rowling, didn't she hand-pick you? She did that. Which made the negotiations very easy. There is only one hagrid. Oh, how very sweet. You have in the top five best known. So in Scotland you are -- Apparently I'm just after Sean Connery and the lochness monster. Is Liam niecen -- Well, it impressed my kids, I have to say. Oh, my gosh. Now, is Liam Niesen is scotsman? He's Irish. He could be very good scottish. What I like to do is hit one raw nerve every block. That was my raw nerve. Diagon alley opens July 8th. Thank you so much, Robbie.