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Tom Felton Finds 'Sympathy' for the Dark Characters He Plays

Tom Felton Finds 'Sympathy' for the Dark Characters He Plays

Originally posted 06/21/2014 01:45PM

He's long since changed out of his Slytherin robes, but Tom Felton still loves dabbling in the Dark Arts.

The British actor, 26, best known for his role as Harry Potter's nemesis Draco Malfoy in the films, is currently starring as a ruthless Silicon Valley prodigy in TNT's new crime drama, Murder in the First.

"The nice thing about this character is, it's the same as Draco: People instantly see others as good or bad, and realistically people aren't like that at all," Felton told PEOPLE at the VIP and media preview of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios in Orlando on Wednesday.

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It's a Harry Potter Reunion at Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley

It's a Harry Potter Reunion at Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley

Originally posted 06/19/2014 01:00AM

Beware the Dark Mark: Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange are together again – on the red carpet, at least.

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Attention Muggles: The Gringotts Ride Is Almost Here!

Attention Muggles: The Gringotts Ride Is Almost Here!

Originally posted 05/14/2014 01:35PM

Hang onto your broomsticks and raise a glass of butterbeer, Harry Potter fans: A thrill ride through Gringotts wizarding bank is coming almost as fast as you can say wingardium leviosa.

On Tuesday, Universal Orlando announced details of the new attraction, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which will anchor a newly expanded Diagon Alley area of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

While no opening date for the public has been announced – though VIP invitations have gone out for June 17-20 – it is expected to be sometime this summer.

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Harry Potter Expands His Playground at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Expands His Playground at Universal Orlando

Originally posted 01/24/2014 02:55PM

Since Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened in June 2010, its two rides, shops, restaurant and pub have been jam-packed with visitors – making the overcrowded acreage seem ripe for expansion.

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Where Stars Flock to See The Walking Dead Come to Life

The Walking Dead Comes to Life in Hollywood

Originally posted 10/07/2012 11:45AM

"Abandon all hope ye who enter here," warns the sign greeting guests to the Gates of Hell – as if they even had to say it.

Welcome to Halloween Horror Nights at California's Universal Studios Hollywood, which, like its sister park in Orlando, Fla., decks itself out on select nights this month for that scariest of holidays. Having frightened brave-hearted visitors witless since 2006, Universal's multiple walk-through horror mazes include this year's newest attraction, a ghoul-filled Dead Inside zombie apocalypse inspired by AMC's The Walking Dead (whose third season premieres Oct. 14).

"You need to be emotionally involved in order to be drawn into the horror," Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy, stepping over empty shotgun shells amid the piped-in ersatz scent of rotting corpses, recently told PEOPLE at the entrance to the Walking Dead maze, which features actual scenes and props from the series.

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