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Discover the secrets of Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Do you wish to cast spells, meet magical creatures or explore the mysteries of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Fans of Harry Potter can fulfill their fantasies at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is set to open at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on April 7, 2016. 

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The theme park includes the village of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is inspired by J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" novels and the hugely-successful film franchise. Muggles can enjoy:

Joy Rides

Guests take a ride on a rollercoaster outside the Hogwarts School during a soft opening and media tour of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park at the Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles:   © Kevork Djansezian/Reuters  

Flight of the Hippogriff: This family-friendly roller coaster will sweep past Hagrid’s hut and dive around a pumpkin patch. 

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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: This 3-D motion ride will take you over the grounds of Hogwarts castle, and lets you join Harry Potter and his friends for a thrilling adventure.

Things to do

Be a part of the Triwizard Spirit Rally as students from wizarding schools Beauxbatons and Durmstrang put on an exciting show for the Triwizard Tournament! 

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Enjoy songs presented by a choir of Hogwarts students along with their large croaking frogs.

Apart from sending a letter with a Hogsmeade postmark, you can also buy The Wizarding World of Harry Potter stamps and owl-related toys and gifts at Owl Post.

A mother and her children try out witch brooms for sale during a soft opening and media tour of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park at the Universal Studio:   © Kevork Djansezian/Reuters  

Shop at Ollivanders, the finest makers of wands in the world. If you are looking for Quidditch equipment or Hogwarts uniforms, try Dervish and Banges (pictured above). Also, check out the Marauder’s Map and magical toys at Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods!

Food to try

Guests walk through Hogsmeade Village during a soft opening and media tour of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park at the Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles:   © Kevork Djansezian/Reuters  

Head to Hogsmeade village, where cobblestone streets are lined with thatched cottages and snow-capped shops, to enjoy authentic food and drinks from the "Harry Potter" series. 

Guests try out Butterbeer served from a large barrel shaped Butterbeer cart in Hogsmeade Village during a soft opening and media tour of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park at the Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles © Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Savour the favorite drink of Hogwarts' students — cold and foamy Butterbeer. This will be available at almost all the food outlets. 

Try the Three Broomsticks restaurant for fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, pumpkin juice and more. At Honeydukes, you can find an array of sweets including Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans, exploding bonbons, Fudge Flies and Chocolate Frogs.

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