My first visit to Universal Studios was around 18:00 in the evening in early August 2010. It just so happend that I timed it perfectly as my first glimpse of the new Hogwarts World of Witchcraft & Wizardary was seemlingly under attack by Voldemort’s Deatheaters, or you could say that there was just a few lighining strikes happening in the vacinity, some of which just lined up perfectly with the Castle as you can see below. The photos below are of stills captured from a number of videos I recorded of the event. Enjoy. You can see the video here.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in June 2010 at Univeral Studios Orlando. I visited about a month later at the end on July to be greeted with the scene of several lightning strikes happening in the background of Hogwarts Castle. Looking across the lake the main features one sees are Hogwarts and the Jurassic Park complex. The footage was recorded over a period of about 20 minutes or more, edited down to about 12 seconds and then slowed down extending the duration of the video to about 48 seconds (a four fold reduction). The moment I saw this I automatically thought that this could be considered as Voldemort’s first major attack on Hogwarts even before the final film Deathly Hallows Part 2 had been released. Hogwarts Castle is the home of the Forbidden Journey ride. I had heard that when it opened the queues were as much as eight or nine hours long. I myself started queuing a little before 08:30 in the morning and had a waiting time of slightly over an hour.
Video NTSC 1280 x 720p, 29.97fps
Audio AAC 128kbps, 48Khz Stereo
Bitrate VBR, 2 Pass, Target 7.00 Max 8.00Mbps
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Footage Duration 00m:48s:27f
Render Time 00h:01m:36s on a BoXX Workstation