New "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" draws huge crowds

ORLANDO, FL (NBC) - The fictional world of Harry Potter has been recreated in a one-of-a-kind facility at Universal-Orlando. "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park promises immersion into the beloved place where the boy wizard will live forever.

"We're all very grateful that the next part of the Harry Potter legacy has been so well done and well made and it is absolutely fantastic," actor Daniel Radcliffe said during grand opening ceremonies.

Radcliffe, star of the Potter films, was at the park with his cast mates to welcome adoring fans.

"What's wonderful about this place is that there is never a moment where the illusion is broken so everything is every is kind of real and true," he said after touring the park.

Radcliffe, who turns 21 next month, has played the boy wizard since he was 11-years-old.

The final movie in the series finished filming last week.

Judging from the crowd, Potter remains a beloved character for young and old.

The theme park spans 20 acres and includes a replica of the village of Hogsmeade, restaurants serving traditional British fare and the mystical Hogswarts Castle, just in time for the summer vacation season.