Muggle Malfunction

Harry Potter Ride Breaks Down

The Harry Potter theme park has generated a lot of buzz over the summer, but Friday was every Muggle's worst nightmare. A new ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios amusement park in Orlando broke down, leaving 132 riders stranded. The Orlando Fire Department officials responded to 911 calls from riders and evacuated the passengers, but said there were no medical complaints. According to a local report from WESH 2, Universal officials would only reveal that "a ride" was stuck and crews were attempting to evacuate it, but did not cite the particular Potter ride. WESH 2's reporter confirmed that it was Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a ride which broke down when two previous WESH 2 journalists were on board in June. A Fire Department official told the local news site that there was a mechanical issue with the ride. Too bad they couldn't simply resort to working some wand magic.