The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™:
Know Before You Go

 Couple in Diagon Alley, checking their map in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The line between storybook fiction and reality happily blurs as you step foot into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. It’s a lot for the senses to take in, and we mean that in the best possible way. Consider this a field guide to some of the imaginative details that are in store for you!

  • Unmarked Wall is the Entrance to Diagon Alley
    An optical illusion allows you to slip through a brick wall at King’s Cross Station between platforms 9 and 10. Listen for a surprise as you pass through it. Insider tip: Use your phone to video a friend or family member passing through. The view from behind is the best.
  • Cast Spells with Wands
    To truly immerse yourself in the Wizarding World, you’ll want to purchase an interactive wand at Ollivanders™. Gold plates are dispersed around the Wizarding World with a spell name and the correct wand motion for casting it. Expect something magical to happen.
  • Exchange your Muggle Money!
    Be sure to head over to Gringott Money Exchange to exchange your Muggle money into bank notes that can be used like cash in all of the Diagon Alley shops. Ask the goblin handling the money exchange any question you’d like and expect a specific answer.
  • Look Out for House Elves
    Kreacher, an irritable house elf, can be seen at the Blacks’ residence at 12 Grimmauld Place. In Hogsmeade™, at The Three Broomsticks, you’ll spot house elf shadows dancing about. Apparently, the elves are taking a break from preparing your food in the kitchen.
  • Moaning Myrtle
    Yep, Moaning Myrtle is at it again. This time she haunts the restrooms in Hogsmeade™. Her wailing and howling can clearly be heard, and there’s no consoling her.
  • Flying Ford Anglia
    While you’re waiting in line at the Dragon Challenge™, guests can catch a glimpse of Arthur Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia, the wrecked version that is. Remember, Ron and Harry crashed into the Whomping Willow in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • The Knight Bus
    Make Stan Shunpike’s (the Knight Bus conductor) acquaintance and also meet his trusty pal, Dre Head, a shrunken skull who actually interacts with guests. It might seem odd to strike up a conversation with a shrunken head, but trust us. Dre Head not only cracks jokes and banters with you, he also answers specific questions. Insider tip– this is also a super fun photo op.
  • Contact the Ministry of Magic
    Venture inside the red London-style phone booth in King’s Cross. Dial 62442 (MAGIC) you’ll be connected to Ministry of Magic. Insider tip - if there’s a lengthy line at the Knight Bus have your members of your party head over to this phone booth.
  • Experience Harry Potter’s Favorite Ice Cream
    Pop into Florean Fortecue’s Ice Cream Parlour and order the famous Harry Potter sundae. During his epic study sessions, Harry would gobble down a sundae every half hour. Just a suggestion…but it’s probably best to limit yourself to one or two. Inventive ice cream flavors include toffee apple and orange marmalade in soft serve and Butterbeer™, apple crumble, sticky toffee pudding, clotted cream, strawberry and peanut butter in hard scoops.
  • Horcruxes and Where to Find Them
    All horcruxes are available for purchase: the locket, the ring, a stuffed Nagini, Tom Riddle’s diary and Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem. The only ones not for grabs are Harry and Helga Hufflepuff’s cup!
  • The Vanishing Cabinet at Borgin and Burkes
    Approach the Vanishing Cabinet and if you listen closely, you’ll hear a bird chirping inside just like in Half-Blood Prince. Also, don’t miss the gory Hand of Glory.
  • The Leaky Cauldron
    The sign for The Leaky Cauldron actually leaks water.
  • Listen Up
    The London Symphony Orchestra recorded new musical scores for Harry Potter and the Escape to Gringotts™ and Hogwarts™ Express.
  • Butterbeer™ in All Forms
    Everyone knows the creamy, frothy Butterbeer™ soda drink. But it also comes in frozen form and as ice cream. Even the sticky toffee pudding at the Leaky Cauldron resembles a gooey cake version of Butterbeer™.
  • Hog’s Head Pub
    Tucked inside of Three Broomsticks, you’ll find the Hog’s Head Pub. Look for the talking heads from Prisoner of Azkaban. Heads up, no pun intended, the hog actually snarls at guests.
  • Madam Mulkin’s
    If you stand in front of the antique mirror inside the store, be prepared to get some wardrobe feedback. Please note it’s not always positive.
  • The Owlery
    An owl can be seen at the top of the building periodically popping out of the window just like a cuckoo clock.
  • Hogwarts™ Express
    Pay attention on the way to Diagon Alley™ you just might catch Voldemort lurking outside of Malfoy Manor.
  • Platform 9 ¾
    If you happen to ask station attendants at the King’s Cross Station where the Platform 9 ¾ is, they’re bound to think you’ve gone completely nuts and quickly tell you as much.
  • Knockturn Alley
    If you dare go down to Knockturn Alley, you’ll notice the temperature significantly drops, the sky darkens and stormy clouds appear. Don’t be alarmed by the looming shadows in the storefront windows.
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