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Those who worked on the film say the transformation is remarkable.

“What is different and strange is that the roof is not leaking,” said David Yates, who directed the final four Potter films. “And it’s not dusty, it’s not drafty and it’s not cold. We literally were working in big sheds.”

Warner Bros. is not estimating the lifespan of the attraction, which employs about 300 people, including a horde of Potter fans working as enthusiastic tour guides. But it says Pottermania shows no signs of waning.

Initial reviews have been largely positive, though some have questioned the admission price _ 28 pounds ($45) for adults and 21 pounds ($34) for children five and over. Children under 5 go free. Warner Bros. says the charges are “in line with other major attractions in the U.K. and around the world.”

The attraction has already won over an important group of fans: the cast.

“I found it quite moving, actually, coming back,” said Rupert Grint, who played Harry’s best friend, Ron Weasley. “I sometimes had to remind myself that we weren’t doing a scene, because it’s so authentic.

“This is a special place for me. I basically grew up here, went to school here. It’s just nice to be able to share it with everyone.”



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