Every now and then a book (and usually a series of books) will change the rules of the game. the Lord of the Rings set the pattern for generations of fantastic epics. Years later, the Harry potter The series revolutionized fantasy novels for young adults, paving the way for the myriad of series that exist today. The series shaped the childhood of an entire generation and will certainly be read for generations to come. Of course, the massively successful book series has been turned into a movie franchise. For those of us who want to experience the magic in person, there are plenty of travel destinations that will make you feel like part of the Wizarding World, all around our own Muggle world. These are the destinations every Potterhead must visit at least once.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando is divided between Universal Studios, where you’ll find Diagon Alley, and Islands of Adventure, where you’ll find Hogsmeade Village. There is so much to see, do and experience that you will probably want to set aside at least two days to be able to fully enjoy it.
You’ll be able to enjoy the rides: Flight of the Hippogriff, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, and of course, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Here you will be able to see the only Hogwarts Express train in the world. Another feature that can only be found in Orlando is the Knight Bus, which is always fun to visit.
There are also many wizarding shops all around Diagon Alley, including Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Gringott’s Money Exchange, Borgin and Burkes, Sugarplum’s Sweetshop, and Wands by Gregorovitch. You’ll also find the Leaking Cauldron, Florean Fortescue Glacier, Hopping Pot, and the Fountain of Fair Fortune.
You will find that the Hogsmeade shops and restaurants are the same in the Orlando and Hollywood locations.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood
Here you’ll find many of the same attractions you’ll find in Orlando, but on a smaller scale. At Hogsmeade, you can order a classic cup of Hog’s Head Butter ale. If you’re hungry, head to the Three Broomsticks, where you can sample traditional English fare. You will also be able to purchase a wand at the Wand Store in Ollivander, visit Honeydukes, the Owl Post, Dervish and Banges, Filch’s Confiscated Goods Store, Wiseacre Magical Gear, Gladrags Witchcraft Clothing, and Pre Station. -bacon.
This location might confuse you at first, but trust us, any Potter fan will love this. JK Rowling lived in Portugal while she wrote the first Harry potter delivered. She said of her time there: “During those first few weeks in Portugal I wrote what has become my favorite chapter of the Philosopher’s Stone, ‘The Mirror of Erised’ – and I had hoped that on my return from Portugal I would have a finished book under my arm. In fact, I had something even better: my daughter, Jessica.
Rowling is believed to have visited the Livraria Lello bookstore often, which is beautiful in itself but also looks like a lot of descriptions of Hogwarts in the books, especially those spiral staircases!
Harry Potter Studio in London
Of course, visiting the UK when you’re a Harry Potter fan is probably the ultimate destination. After all, this is where all the magic happened, both in real life and in the books. For the ultimate Harry potter experience, you should definitely visit the Harry Potter studio at Warner Brother’s Studio in London. You can take the “Making of Harry Potter” tour where you will see the costumes, props and movie sets that were used in the creation of the movie franchise.
You will be able to see the Great Hall, the Closet under the Stairs, the Cup of the Three Wizards, the Mirror of Erise, and countless other gems that any die-hard fan would love to see. Of course, refreshments are also available, which means you can get your fix of butter beer while you’re at it.