Dreams and fantasies have been an integral part of human existence. Some celebrities like Lady Gaga believe that “sometimes we need fantasy to survive reality.” Yes! Imaginations are always coexisting with reality. Even in very basic situations, we daydream about having a magic broom and using it to avoid traffic jams smoothly and reach our destination well in time. But alas! These are mere fantasies, and reality is quite far away.
Daydreaming has been part of our growing-up years. We used to leave ourselves in a make-believe world of popular characters such as superheroes that have always inspired us to deal with multiple situations in the way they do. Among all those characters, there is one special character created by the famous author J. K. Rowling. Yes, you guessed it right! It is the magical kingdom of Harry Potter. Harry Potter, though it is merely a character created by J.K. Rowling, has inspired children and adults in various ways. That is the reason why the Harry Potter novels became famous and stayed on with us beautifully. Whenever the children find time, they dive deep into the novel and start flying around the magical world of Harry Potter. Not only children but even many adults find refuge in the magical world when they just cannot handle the stress of the mortal world anymore. Harry Potter-themed places to visit try to turn them into a reality!
Whether it is the Tour of Muggles in England or a visit to the Reptile House in London Zoo to experience Harry Potter’s The Philosopher Stone moment, Harry Potter Themed Places are still enjoyed in the same way even after so many years of the last publication of Harry Potter.
Various companies such as Warner Brothers started building magical Harry Potter theme places that attracted tourists from across the world and are still dream destinations for many to visit again and again. Various Harry Potter Theme Parks have also been constructed in various parts of the world, such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure or the Warner Bros. Movie World in Queensland, Australia, among others. In case you wish to plan a magical trip to any of these Harry Potter Theme Parks or even plan a trip to temporary Harry Potter locations to visit, it is advisable to book International flights to India and the location round trip much ahead of time to get the best discounts and deals.
Let us now find out about some of the prominent Harry Potter Theme Parks and Locations that can be visited to get a feel of the magical experience of being a part of the world of Hogwarts.
While Harry Potter remains a craze with children and adults across the globe, visiting the magical kingdom of Hogwarts is not an easy task one can do regularly. There are some pricey locations where you can experience the magic. Some of these locations include:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Diagon Alley, is an integral part of the Universal Resorts situated in Florida. The entire magical world of Harry Potter can be experienced at this location. This location would give you the mystical feel of walking through the meandering streets of London, just like Harry Potter. Finally, you enter Diagon Alley, where you would experience the magic of the most famous wizard establishments just like the ones you visualised after reading the original Harry Potter novels or the ones you saw in Harry Potter movies. You can dine on some magical recipes at a restaurant called the Leaky Cauldron and can also get to choose a wand of your choice at the store called Ollivanders.
Gringotts Wizarding Bank has a prominent mention in all of the Harry Potter series. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Resorts, Florida, has recreated the Gringotts Bank. Interestingly, there are two Harry Potter Theme parks situated within a small distance. Once you have had enough of exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Resorts, Florida, you can take a magical ride off the Gringotts bank and reach the next Harry Potter attraction at the Hogsmeade, Islands of Adventure, giving you the adventurous feel of an escape from the bank while being adventurously chased by the dragon. What a magical, adventurous ride!
It is another mythical place created by the Universal. Originally called the Universal Studios The Islands of Adventure, this theme park gives you a real-life feel of the world of superheroes, famous cartoon characters, dinosaurs and other beasts, along with magical creatures such as the adventure stroll into the world of Hogwarts in the Hogsmeade village, just as mentioned in the Harry Potter novels and films. Don’t be surprised to ride a broom here! Isn’t it giving you that witchy feeling! The theme park also offers amazing rides, which even include three water rides.
Another theme park exhibiting daring heroes, dark villains, magical creatures, and magic all the way, you can plan a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter created by Universal Studios. This Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located in Los Angeles, California, adopts the characters and events and presents a mythical experience just like J. K. Rowling mentioned in her novels and as exhibited in the films made thereafter. There are some temporary Harry Potter locations to visit around the studio.
Created by Universal Studios, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has another theme park, this time outside the United States of America. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal City, Osaka, Japan, is a theme park that will give you a magical experience of characters and superheroes such as Harry Potter, and Spider-Man, along with the lost world of Dinosaurs based on the movie Jurassic Park and Exterminator, among others. The Harry Potter experience and the locations here make you feel as if you are a real-life character in the world of Harry Potter.
This recently opened theme park in Beijing is another addition to the Harry Potter Theme Parks list. Opened in 2021, Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Beijing is a part of the Universal Resort in Beijing. This theme park showcases everything magical and mythical, starting with the magical creatures, magical spells, daring heroes the dark villains. It is a place where fantasy gets the real feel. Harry Potter fans can experience the mysterious Hogwarts Castle, the shopping experience at Hogsmeade and other features of the Wizarding world. The theme park has various rides and shows that you should not miss, including the Flight of Hippogriff, Ollivanders, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey among others.
This theme park is based out of London. The theme park and the trip are also called The Warner Brothers Studio Tour London. The Studio Tour is located on the outskirts of the North London area. The Studio Tour includes two tours in one. First, the tour will include a ride from Central London to North London outskirts, where the Studio tour will start. The tour ticket would also include the tickets to enter the Harry Potter Warner Brother Studio. At the studio, you would enjoy a guided tour (the guide would explain everything in English) where you would see the set where the Harry Potter shooting was done. The original sets, props, costumes, and locations would surely mesmerise you and transport you to the world of Harry Potter in an instant. During the Studio Tour, you can also engage in wand lessons or take a broom ride to enjoy life in times of Harry Potter.