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"The plans I've seen look incredibly exciting, and I don't think fans of the books or films will be disappointed."
J. K. Rowling's thoughts on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter before it was opened to the public

Hogwarts in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a themed area, based on J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, that replaced the Merlin Woods portion of the Lost Continent region in Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park, part of the Universal Orlando Resort. The construction of both worlds took five years and cost 265 million US dollars.[1] The theme park includes attractions, restaurants, and shops themed around a recreation of Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade Village. In 2014, this was joined by Universal Studios Orlando's addition—a recreation of Diagon Alley (located on the former site of the Jaws attraction) with the Hogwarts Express train connecting the two.

"Step inside a world where magic is real."
— Universal Orlando on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World includes attractions pertaining to adventures in the film and book series, and shops where "wizard lore" is sold including a replication of Ollivanders. Since its opening on 18 June, 2010, the area has proved very popular with guests, increasing park attendance by over 50%. Versions of the land for Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Beijing[2] are now open.

Hogsmeade Village[]


Hogsmede View

Hogsmeade Village in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter


  • Three Broomsticks Inn – Enter Hogsmede's most famous restaurant and choose from a wide variety of traditional English meals.


Other items of interest[]

Diagon Alley (Universal Studios Orlando only)[]


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The Ukrainian Ironbelly atop Gringotts in Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter


  • Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour – Choose from a fabulous selection of ice creams and baked goods. Includes butterbeer flavoured ice cream.
  • The Leaky Cauldron – Enter the wizarding world's most famous restaurant and choose from a delicious selection of traditional English meals.
  • The Fountain of Fair Fortune – Ice-cold butterbeers and other drinks to satisfy your needs.
  • The Hopping Pot – Draft beers, Fishy Green Ale, and Cornish Pasties are served here with outdoor seating.


  • Borgin and Burkes – Sells Death Eater masks and other merchandise related to Voldemort and the Death Eaters. It is the only shop accessible in the Knockturn Alley area of the park.
  • Wands by Gregorovitch – Sells regular and interactive wands from the Harry Potter films including Harry Potter's wand, Ron Weasley's wand, Hermione Granger's wand and many more.

Other items of interest[]

A Celebration of Harry Potter[]

A Celebration of Harry Potter is an annual celebration a which typically occurs at Universal Studios Orlando some time in January (most recently occurring from the 29th-31st of January) and usually runs for three days. It includes question and answer sessions with participating members of the Harry Potter cast, special panels, demonstrations, and the incredible Celebration of Harry Potter Expo. In 2016, the collection of 'Wizarding Schools' was unveiled by Evanna Lynch on behalf of Pottermore.

Key Events[]

Behind the scenes[]

  • In J. K. Rowling's The Silkworm, there is a character named Orlando Quine. When series protagonist Cormoran Strike first hears the name, being half-asleep at the time, he first assumes it is the resort in Florida that is being mentioned. This could possibly be seen as a reference by J.K. Rowling to the location of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • While promoting Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, and Eddie Redmayne were at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Jude got the chance to sit in Dumbledore's chair in his office and Eddie said comedically, 'Not yet mate, you've got a few more years to come'.[10]



Notes and references[]

External links[]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Dragon ChallengeFlight of the HippogriffHarry Potter and the Escape From GringottsHarry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyHagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike AdventureHogsmeade StationOllivander's Wand Shop


Borgin and BurkesDervish and BangesFilch's Emporium of Confiscated GoodsHoneydukesMadam Malkin's Robes for All OccasionsMagical MenagerieOllivander'sOwl PostQuality Quidditch SuppliesWands by GregorovitchWeasleys' Wizard WheezesWiseacre's Wizarding EquipmentZonko's Joke Shop


Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream ParlourLeaky CauldronThe Fountain of Fair FortuneThree Broomsticks Inn

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