Islands of Adventure: Harry Potter

February 16, 2024
Sarah Colton

Long Island, New York, USA

Class of 2025

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Since third grade, I've been enchanted by Harry Potter's wizarding world. From the first book, I was hooked on the adventures of Harry, Hermione, and Ron. Universal’s Islands of Adventure provides an immersive experience into places and storylines that illustrate the magic of the wizarding world. Here’s a detailed list of all things Harry Potter at Island of Adventure:

  1. Hogsmeade
  • Wander through the snow-capped village of Hogsmeade, featuring landmarks like Hogwarts Castle, Honeydukes, and Zonko's Joke Shop.
  • Ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, an exhilarating adventure through Hogwarts Castle.
  • Indulge in Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, and other wizarding treats at various locations throughout Hogsmeade.
  • Explore the magical creatures in the Care of Magical Creatures exhibit and shop for magical merchandise at stores like Dervish and Banges.

  1. Rides
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: Embark on an unforgettable adventure through Hogwarts Castle. This thrilling ride combines immersive storytelling with cutting-edge technology, taking you on a journey alongside Harry and his friends.
  • Flight of the Hippogriff: Take a magical flight on Hagrid's enchanted motorbike as you soar past Hagrid's hut and over the grounds of Hogwarts.

  1. Food
  • Butterbeer: Served in six different forms (chilled, frozen, ice cream, fudge, hot, and potted cream) can be found at The Three Broomsticks, The Hogs Heads Pub, and Honey Dukes.
  • Treats: Classics like Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans and Chocolate Frogs can be found in Honeydukes as well other wizard delicacies like gummy slugs!

  1. Interactive Wand Experience: Purchase an interactive wand from Ollivanders Wand Shop and explore Hogsmeade to discover hidden spell locations. Cast spells using your wand to make magical things happen around the Wizarding World.

  1. Character Encounters: Meet beloved characters from the Harry Potter series, including Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Dumbledore, Hagrid, and more, for photo opportunities.

  1. Themed Merchandise: Shop for a wide range of Harry Potter-themed merchandise, including robes, wands, house apparel, collectibles, and souvenirs, at various shops located within Hogsmeade.

Sarah Colton is a BBG living on Long Island, New York, and the town she is from was voted "Best Tasting Water" in New York State.

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