One of the biggest draws to Universal Orlando Resort is seeing all things related to Harry Potter! There are so many hidden gems in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. These gems are nods to the books and movies and you may not notice all of them if you don’t look closely.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
It has been twenty years since we first heard the words “Yer a wizard Harry!” Harry Potter quickly became a beloved part of our pop culture and continues through the generations. The characters and the series continue to be loved by all ages!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an immersive land across both theme parks at the Universal Orlando Resort. This land brings the movies and books to life! When you visit the parks, it’s your opportunity to step inside the stories and is great for all ages.
When Harry Potter heads to London for the first time with Hagrid, he does not know how to find Diagon Alley. It is a well-hidden entrance, meant for wizard eyes only. The entrance to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios is also hidden, especially if you don’t know what you are looking for!
The magic starts though before you even enter Diagon Alley.
If you are a fan of the Fantastic Beasts, there is a secret photo spot perfect for you, before you even get to London! There is an alley between TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Revenge of the Mummy. Look for a small flight of stairs with a poster at the bottom that says “The Blind Pig”. This is the speakeasy in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
As you walk along the streets of London, be sure to stop at the Knight Bus. In addition, be on the lookout for the best way to find the Ministry of Magic! If you head down the street a little further, the Order’s hideout is in plain sight!
As you enter Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron is a popular first stop. Be sure to look up and take a peek at where Harry stayed during his visits. Don’t miss the many shops including Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. Ask about adopting a pygmy puff but also, make sure you look up! You may spot the witch everyone loves to hate! I must not tell lies – it’s hilarious to find Umbridge in puppet form!
As you continue to explore, beware if you head down Knockturn Alley. Known to be a place to find dark magic and wizards, there is plenty of trouble here! If you dare to step into Borgin and Burkes, the dark magic awaits!
What is it that you most fear? The boggart knows and is making lots of noise in a cabinet so be ready to practice your “Riddikulus” charm to get rid of it! There are also cursed objects in this shop, including the one Katie Bell found!
As you leave, don’t go into the basement! You can catch glimpses of green light flashing, and only the Boy Who Lived survives that curse!
As you leave Universal Studios to head over to Hogsmeade, there’s more to see at Kings Cross Station. You must walk through the wall to get to Platform 9 3/4 but take a video or you’ll never know how you did it. Then look for Harry’s luggage as you board the train.
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As you enter Hogsmeade Village, there is even more to explore.
If you purchase an interactive wand, there are opportunities in both parks to practice your spells. Look for the different locations on the map that comes with your wand.
If you need a restroom break as you walk through Hogsmeade, be sure to listen closely. Moaning Myrtle needs a listening ear as she complains about fellow students and then asks you to stay with her!
There are special brews available throughout the Wizarding World in a few different locations. Although Butterbeer is the favorite of many, young and old, there are some other options made especially for the Wizarding World.
Witch’s Brew and Dragon Scale are available to try in both parks. If you prefer options other than beer, there are plenty to choose from. For example, Strongbow Cider can be mixed with Fire Whisky, a cinnamon-flavored whiskey made exclusively for the parks. The result is a delicious drink that tastes like apple cinnamon.
Although you may be heading to Hogwarts Castle to experience the Forbidden Journey, hidden gems are around every corner in the castle! From the talking portraits to the Mirror of Erised, there is plenty to see while you wait to board your broomstick! One of the best is when you come to Severus Snape’s office and the Potions classroom. Listen carefully, you may hear familiar voices.
Finally, in Filch’s Emporium, you can, of course, shop for your favorite wizardly souvenirs. However, you definitely should explore as well! Filch has confiscated many things over the years. If you look up to the shelves and even in the ceiling, you will see several items! These items include things such as Harry’s glasses, pranks from the Weasley twins, and even some Horcruxes.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt
Now, it’s your turn to find more hidden gems throughout the Wizarding World. We have put together some clues to help you find them. An answer key is included too. Take a look at the clues and see how many you can find. Some, you may recognize right away but a few are harder to find, subtle nods to moments in the books and movies.
How many of these hidden gems can you find? Be sure to take pictures and share them with us when you solve the riddles!
Here, you can print out the scavenger hunt or save the images below right to your phone. Wizarding World of Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt
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