MAIL FROM HOGSMEADE
Blurring the lines of reality, The Owl Post is an actual post
office where visitors can have their mail branded with the
Hogsmeade stamp if they buy Hogwarts stationery. Be like
Hermione and stack up on parchment paper and quills, or watch a
Howler scream and then shred itself in the window display.
Pro tip: Watch out for "The Monster Book of Monsters" lurking in
a cage, and recall Hagrid's advice for opening it.
CAST SPELLS - AND REMEMBER, IT'S "WING-GAR-DIUM LEVI-O-SA'
With the aid of an interactive wand, purchased at Ollivanders
wand store for about $50, attendees can perform spells at 11
windows throughout Hogsmeade. Just as Hermione corrects Ron's "Wingardium
Leviosa" levitating spell, make sure to point the wand directly
at the windows with a flick of the wrist, which will activate a
reaction in the window display, such as spinning cake stands.
The windows can be identified by little markers embedded in the
Pro tip: When picking a wand at Ollivanders, check out Rowling's
scroll of notes by the checkout desk on what attributes each
type of wand wood has.
INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH ... CAUTIOUSLY
Remember when Ron warned Harry to be careful about Bertie Bott's
Every-Flavor Beans, which range from chocolate to boogers? Watch
out for the earwax and vomit-flavored beans at Honeydukes sweet
shop, which provides an assortment of treats from pumpkin
pasties, chocolate frogs and the precarious jelly beans in
detailed packaging, just like the films.
Pro tip: In the back of Honeydukes is Zonko's Joke Shop, where
you can buy Extendable Ears, a favorite of the mischievous
FIND HIDDEN SET PIECES
Props from the eight "Harry Potter" films are embedded
throughout Hogsmeade. Step behind the Hogwarts Express train
station and there's the interior of a train compartment
featuring luggage racks and seat fabric from the set. In
Gladrags Wizardwear, Hermione's Yule Ball gown stands in a
display cabinet. Those waiting in line for the Forbidden Journey
ride will go through the Defense against the Dark Arts
classroom, featuring the actual desks that Harry, Ron and
Hermione sat at during the films.
Pro tip: Ladies, watch out for Moaning Myrtle in the girls'
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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