The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is top on every Potterhead's bucket list. Seeing the books and movies is what made millions of children fall in love with the Potter universe, but seeing Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade in real life is nothing short of magical.
'Whether you come back by page or by big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home' and home is exactly what Harry Potter World feels like to anyone who grew up with the books and movies. If you've ever dreamt of walking Down Diagon Alley, boarding the Hogwarts Express or stepping into the Gryffindor Common Room, then Harry Potter World is going to fill you with the same excitement as it did Harry when he first stepped through the brick wall behind the Leaky Cauldron.
Aside from visiting the theme parks or getting a view of how impressive the visual effects in the movies are, one of the most compelling reason for any Potterhead to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the incredible amount of detail that went into building it. The life-size version of Diagon Alley is absolutely breathtaking. Just like any other first-year student, you can have a wand pick you at Ollivanders', wander into Weasley's Wizzard Wheezees to get yourself some U-No-Poo and Fever Fudge and then have a very British Lunch at the Leaky Cauldron!
At Universal Studios, you can also pop over to Honeydukes' and stuff your face with Bertie Blott's Every Flavour Beans or Chocolate Frogs, or head over for some Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks. You can even send a postcard by Owl Post.
Everything about Harry Potter World is made just right. It's so exciting to meet Gobblins, see Death Eaters walking around and experience your favourite childhood story come to life.
September and October are a good time to visit Harry Potter World as they are affordable, but the weather is still pleasant. The cheapest time is typically in late January/February. If these times don't work, bear in mind that in Universal Studios, you can either stay in one of the hotels to get into the park an hour earlier than anyone else or purchase Express Passes to avoid waiting in queues. Make sure you get there early, especially if you're wanting to cast spells with your wand around the park.
If you're a die-hard fan, you should take part in Universal's A Celebration of Harry Potter in January. Don your house robes and join other Potterheads for three days of demonstrations, panels, and cast Q&A sessions. Halloween is a great time to go especially to Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios in London, as the Great Hall is decorated with floating pumpkins, there’s a spooky walk around the Forbidden Forest and Death Eaters lurk around waiting to attack you!
Immerse yourself in the spellbinding world of Harry Potter™ on this 6-hour trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London from Viator.
Get Admission to the studio tour, see the original sets, props and costumes, a walk down Diagon Alley, snap photos of Platform 9 ¾ and explore Dumbledore's Office!
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Step in to the magical world that is Harry Potter; a franchise that is loved throughout the world. And what better place to do that than at the actual studios where it was filmed? See platform 9¾, Dumbledore's office, Pivet Drive, Diagon Alley and so much more. It's an exciting day out for all the family.Book Now
Make sure you try a glass of Butterbeer, it's actually rather nice! Also, spend some time looking at the Hogwarts model that was used in the film. It really is a magical day out!Book Now
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