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Diagon Alley won’t officially open until July 8, but the first photos of Universal’s new expansion of the Harry Potter Wizarding World show details that may as well put you inside the Leaky Cauldron. The theme park’s Diagon Alley features the pub — yep, there’s Butterbeer — Ollivander’s wand shop, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes and the Hogwarts Express. But the real highlight of the new addition is “Harry Potter and the Escape of Gringotts,” a ride featuring animatronic goblins, 3D projection systems, fog blasts, a deep dive into the bank and an encounter with Bill Weasley. The new ride sits under a fire-breathing Ukranian Ironbelly dragon used to guard the bank from the likes of Mr. Harry Potter himself. Take a look at the the first photos of Diagon Alley. [ X ]