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How to Experience Harry Potter in California

How to Experience Harry Potter in California

The magic of the wizarding world expands beyond the films and books at these Potter-themed destinations and events
Posted 4 years agoby Ann Marie Brown

You don’t have to know the name of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named to appreciate the many charms of Harry Potter. Who doesn’t love funky bookstores, mysterious castles, fuzzy owls, and jelly beans? Indulge your sense of wonder with a self-styled tour of California’s Harry Potter sites and experiences. No sorcery is required—and you don’t have to wait for an owl to deliver your invitation letter.

Immerse yourself in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Get a behind-the-scenes peek into Hollywood’s inner workings at Universal Studios Hollywood. The theme park’s real and virtual film sets, dizzying special effects, and world-class action rides have placed it on every travel bucket list, especially after the 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Inside the 200-foot-tall Hogwarts Castle, you’ll find Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, and the labyrinthine corridors you know from the films. Watch a wand choose its owner at Ollivanders, sample treats fit for wizards at Honeydukes, or sip a mug of butterbeer or pumpkin juice at the fairy-tale tavern Three Broomsticks.