Hogwarts in Hollywood?

Quang Truong and Heather Tran

In spring 2016, expect the magic of the Harry Potter come to life in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Hollywood.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter isn’t exactly a new, fresh idea from Universal. Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida (Both located in Orlando, Florida), and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka have already opened the attraction to the public.

Harry Potter is an exhilarating multi-generational global phenomenon that has captivated the world’s attention across every one of its mediums, from books and movies to exhilarating theme park adventures,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “With its imminent arrival to The Entertainment Capital of L.A., Universal Studios Hollywood is thrilled to bring our guests a new, compelling experience of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ as we embark on this next chapter in our storied history.”

Each of the locations have special characteristics to each, like the Islands of Adventure has a dual roller coaster called Dragon Challenge, Universal Studios Florida has recreated Diagon Alley, with the exclusive multi-dimensional 3-D Ride: Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, and the iconic Platform 9 ¾ for a ride on the Hogwarts Express which takes you between Universal Florida and the Islands of Adventure location. In Universal Studios Japan, they have live owls roaming the park and the Hogwarts’ Black Lake.  

Visitors come for the rides. In the Hogwarts castle lies the main attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and for the first time ever, in 3-D! This ride takes you around the world of Harry Potter, whilst keeping you in the dark, dropping, turning, twisting, and making you lie flat on your back.

Another ride is The Flight of the Hippogriff, a family roller coaster outdoors with a scenic aerial view of the entire land. As Hagrid teaches the young wizards, or muggle riders, how to fly the Hippogriff, the ride dips, dives and turns making this a truly family friendly ride. No worries on the scaredy-cat younger siblings.

While there, try the Butterbeer Cart or Magic Meep Cart, or eat a full meal at Three Broomsticks Try sending your amazingly written mail to people from Owl Post with the seal and stamp of Hogsmeade.

Furthermore, enjoy Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Peppermint Toads, exploding bonbons, chocolate frogs, and more at Honeydukes. People can even watch the process of a wand choosing its wizard or buy a replica of another character’s’ wand at Olivanders’, Fine Makers of Wands since 382 BC. Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods sells all your Harry Potter needs, and is conveniently located at the exit of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.