Since Hollywood is already known for grand mansions and lavish estates, it’s only fitting that a new soaring structure rises from the grounds of Universal Studios Hollywood. Hogwarts Castle, the spectacular centerpiece of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is an eye-popping extravaganza that truly captures the spirit of our favorite boy wizard.
Walk the recreated streets of Hogsmeade to pick up your own wizard’s wand at Ollivanders, or snack on peppermint toads and chocolate frogs at Honeydukes sweet shop. Then pass through the castle gates to step into the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, complete with Dumbledore’s office and the soaring Gryffindor Common Room. Then it’s time to board the site’s signature attraction, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” you’ll likely be as impressed as the stars of the Harry Potter movies who have also ridden it. “It’s so immersive,” reports actor James Phelps, who played Fred, one of the red-haired Weasley twins. “When you’re in it, you can’t see anyone else riding the ride as well. It’s just you.”