Ever wish you could visit Hogwarts? What about Hogsmeade and the Gryffindor Common Room? Well, you're not alone.
After the first book hit shelves in 1997, an entire generation of readers fell in love with the wizarding world almost simultaneously—and luckily for us, we can now visit the world of the books and movies we fell in love with.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is a totally immersive experience unlike any other, with locations and attractions pulled straight from the pages of the books and experiences inspired by the movies you love. So, throw on your Hogwarts robes, wrap your house scarf around your neck, and prepare to get majorly excited: here are eight amazing things you need to know about real-life wizarding world opening at Universal Studios Hollywood℠ on April 7.
1. . It's totally immersive
This isn't your grandmother's theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is so much more than a few carnival rides. It's a completely immersive experience where fans get to walk through the wizarding world's most iconic locations, experience Harry's adventures for themselves through attractions like 3D HD rides, and even perform magic with their own wand.
2. . You can finally pose with the Hogwarts Express
If you felt jealous watching Harry, Ron, and Hermione on the train to Hogwarts, then you're in for some good news. At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Studios Hollywood, fans can board the stationary Hogwarts Express for the perfect photo op. When you sit in a train compartment, you'll notice the window is a green screen. Pay attention and you may see Hogwarts—or even a Dementor—off in the distance. Nothing will make your Instagram friends more jealous!
3. . Hogsmeade Village has actual shops
Anyone who has read the books or seen the movies knows how amazing Hogsmeade is, with its plethora of magical shops and attractions. At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, you can get your hands on goodies like wands and Chocolate Frogs by visiting shops like Honeydukes, Zonko's Joke Shop, and Ollivander's.
4. . The food is super authentic
At the WWoHP, even the food you eat will immerse you in the world of Harry Potter™. Not only will visiting the Three Broomsticks make you feel like you stepped right into the movie, but visitors have the option of ordering such traditional British tavern fare as Bangers & Mash and Shepherd's Pie.
5. . You can finally go to Hogwarts
Most Harry Potter fans have spent years fantasizing about visiting Hogwarts, and now you finally can. Not only can you walk through the iconic castle, but you can visit such well-loved, familiar locations as Dumbledore's office and the Gryffindor common room.
6. . You'll feel like you're actually in the movies
The Islands of Adventure 3D-HD immersive ride "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" places you smack dab in the middle of some of the most iconic scenes from the films, from harrowing quidditch matches and breathtaking encounters with the Whomping Willow. How awesome is that?
7. . You can actually perform spells
It may sound too good to be true, but trust me - it's real. At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, you can perform actual spells at any of the magical windows found throughout Hogsmeade Village. Simply pick up an interactive wand at Ollivander's first, and you'll be able to perform your own magic at any shop window that bears the special emblem.
8. . There's a WWoHP opening at Universal Studios Hollywood
Thought you had to travel overseas to visit Hogwarts? You're in luck. There is a Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ location opening at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016! For more information go to URL: http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/harrypotter/