Whether you’re a total Potterhead or not, you’ll be amazed at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We’re given a reprieve from the standard over-the-top cheesy theme park decor with this incredibly accurate depiction of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts (at least, to the movie). If you’re looking for Diagon Alley, you’re about 3,000 miles off (it’s in Universal Orlando) but that doesn’t make Hollywood’s version one iota less incredible. Here’s your complete guide for Universal Studios Hollywood’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
Dervish and Banges
Ready for Quidditch season? Grab your quaffle and broomstick at Dervish and Banges, but watch out for the Monster Book of Monsters!
Dusty boxes perch haphazardly on the shelves of Ollivander’s wand shop where you can take a piece of the magic home for yourself. Pick up an Ollivander’s wand, a Harry Potter character replica wand, or even an interactive wand that will allow you to cast spells around Hogsmeade.
Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods
As you disembark from Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, make your way through Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods for Maurader’s Maps and a collection of clothes and accessories to rep your Hogwarts House.
Show your love for everyone’s favorite train platform with 9 3/4 apparel and gifts to bring home.
Admit it – you’ve always wondered what a Fizzing Whizsbee tastes like. Stock up on these, chocolate frogs, and acid pops for your next sweet indulgence.
Zonko’s Joke Shop
In need of a Weasley-approved practical joke? Zonko’s has everything you need – plus Pygmie Puffs!
Pick up your owl before term begins! You can also purchase postcards, stationary, and writing implements to let everyone know how much fun you’re having at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Gladrags Wizard Wear
Pick up a replica of the dress Hermione wore to the Yule Ball!
Wiseacre Wizarding Equipment
Need to get sized for your official house robes? Look no farther than Wiseacre Wizarding Equipment!
Where to Eat
Visit our favorite trio’s Hogsmeade haunt for British food that’s actually filling. Be sure to check out the high ceilings – it feels like you’ve been transported straight into the movie!
Hog’s Head Pub
Get hot butterbeer here without having to wait in the lengthy Three Broomsticks line. If you’re over 21, add a shot (or two) of fire whiskey for a delicious treat.
This card offers quick refreshments and iced butterbeer!
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
The crown jewel of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. This will be one of the longest lines you wait in at Universal Studios Hollywood, but well worth the wait. The magic starts in the queue – it may be long but it is wonderful! Snake through Professor Sprout’s conservatory, listen in in some portraits conversing with each other, and catch up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. The ride itself is unlike anything I’ve been on before – not quite a roller coaster, but by no means a slow in-the-dark ride.
Fun Fact: the desks in the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom are real props from the movies!
Flight of the Hippogriff
This family-friendly coaster may not have any big drops or especially speedy moments, but the wait is usually very short.
Does the wand really choose the wizard? Catch a show of a young witch or wizard trying out new wands to find out.
Triwizard Spirit Rally
Welcome the lovely ladies of Beauxbatons and strapping gentleman of Durmstrang as they descend upon Hogwarts for the Triwizard tournament.
Hogwarts student serenade you with the help of their giant throaty frogs – when will you see that again?
Pose with the Train Conductor
A little bit of schmoozing will get you a good seat for your next trip to Hogwarts!
Still can’t get enough Harry Potter? Why not take a Harry Potter themed cruise?