This is big: according to MTV, the Harry Potter trio—better known to fans, of course, as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint—are set to reunite to film all-new scenes, in character as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Seriously. We're basically being promised more Harry Potter.
Apparently, the new scenes are going to feature the trio "regrouping for one last adventure," and will be featured in the upcoming Universal Studios Orlando ride, "Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts." Who else is already looking up plane tickets to Florida, like, right this second?
"It’s all new, it’s a brand new film," the art director for the rides and the films, Alan Gilmore, revealed, "and it’s absolutely film quality, involving the films team, a merging of the film team and the Universal production team."
In addition to Harry, Ron, and Hermione, apparently we can expect to see Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) himself in the new scenes as well. "Of course you have He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named making an appearance...Helena [Bonham-Carter] supports him as one of his team. And then we have our main heroes appear as well. You get to meet all the great characters from the stories," Gilmore continued.
As for the ride itself, it already sounds quite intricate: Apparently, Universal and Gilmore are aiming to fully recreate Gringotts as you see it in the films, right down to the quiet employee goblins hard at work when you walk in. "They’re actually moving," Gilmore said of the goblins. "We can’t tell you how they move, but they’re working away. Goblins are very quiet gentlemen. We have the head goblin as well, watching over you. He’ll address you as you walk in. They’re perfect replicas of what you see in the film, and they’re very ominous...my motto is, we’re building a real place, we’re not building a theme place. I want to walk in, and feel like they’re actually in London, or actually in Gringotts."
Commence freaking out...now. This sounds like any Harry Potter fan's dream.
Update: The senior vice president of Universal Creative, Thierry Coup, confirmed the news to The Huffington Post, and had this to add: Apparently, the scenes were filmed back in December 2012, and it was he himself who directed them.
"I actually got to direct those scenes for this new Universal Orlando attraction in December of 2012, and it was obvious that the cast members who came back to be part of the Gringotts shoot really enjoyed the opportunity to revisit these characters," he explained. "I mean, these performers had spent so many years working together on that acclaimed series of films. So it was clear that they really appreciated this opportunity to revisit the world of Harry Potter. Getting the chance to portray these iconic characters one more time."