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Best Tips for Spending the Day in Hogsmeade

Best Tips for Spending the Day in Hogsmeade

Welcome to Hogsmeade, the enchanting village within Universal Orlando Resort! Get ready to step into the extraordinary world of Harry Potter and experience a day filled with wonder and excitement. As you stroll through the charming streets, you’ll be transported to the pages of the infamous series, Harry Potter. From sipping butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks to browsing whimsical shops like Honeydukes and Zonko’s, there’s no shortage of enchantment in store for you. So, grab your wand and join us for an unforgettable day of wizarding fun in Hogsmeade!

What is the Difference Between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade?

Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are both magical areas within Universal Orlando Resort, but they offer distinct experiences and atmospheres. Hogsmeade, inspired by the famous village from the Harry Potter series, is located in Islands of Adventure. It captures the quaint, snowy charm of a traditional British village and features iconic locations such as the Hogwarts Castle and the lively shops of Zonko’s and Honeydukes.

On the other hand, Diagon Alley is located in Universal Studios Florida and is known for its bustling, hidden entrance within London proper. This area recreates the mysterious and bustling wizarding street from the books and films. Here, you can visit famous locations like Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Ollivanders Wand Shop. Diagon Alley also boasts the incredible ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which takes you on a thrilling journey through the wizarding world.

Where is Hogsmeade in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

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Hogsmeade is located within the Islands of Adventure theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando. Islands of Adventure is one of the two main theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort, with the other being Universal Studios Florida. Hogsmeade is a beautifully recreated area within Islands of Adventure, allowing visitors to step into the enchanting world of Harry Potter and experience the charm of the magical village.

In the books and movies, Hogsmeade is the village just outside of the grounds of Hogwarts where the students and professors alike would go to blow off steam and grab a butterbeer. 

Attractions in Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade is host to 5 different attractions in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, that’s twice the amount of attractions in Diagon Alley, despite being smaller in size. All of these attractions are a must do for Harry Potter fans to experience the perfect day in Hogsmeade. 

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

If you didn’t ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, did you even visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?? This attraction is actually within Hogwarts, making it like two attractions in one! 

This attraction will take you flying through hidden corridors of Hogwarts, face to face with dementors, giant spiders, and even the whomping willow, all to get you to the quidditch match! Using a mix of moving ride, simulator screens, and animatronics, this ride is Hogwarts brought to life. 

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has a 48” height requirement and is not for the faint of heart. Many people find this ride to be high on the nausea scale because of the combination of movement and simulators, and also because at some point the riders are tilted upside down. 

Hogwarts 

If you want to experience all of the magic of Hogwarts, but want to say a big no thank you to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey because of the threat of motion sickness, you are free to just check out the castle.

First of all, just walking up to the castle will hit any Harry Potter fan in the feels. The books and movies come alive the closer you come up to it. Inside you will see the mirror of Erised, the entrance to Dumbledor’s office, the Hogwarts House Points, and the hall of portraits. In that hall you will see the magical talking portraits of the Hogwarts founders Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, Salazar Slytherin, and Godric Griffyndor! 

If you thought that was great, buckle up! You will also get to walk through the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom. Be sure to check out the chalkboard and the textbooks on the desks! In addition to the DoDA class, you will also walk through Professor Sprout’s greenhouse. 

Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure

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Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure is the thrill ride of Hogsmeade! You may have noticed that this ride maintains a long, long line all the time, and it’s for good reason! This motorcycle meets roller coaster ride has twists, turns, and close calls. This attraction is a must do for everyone who meets the 48” inch height requirement.

BONUS FACT: On this ride is the only place where you can see a beautiful unicorn and her baby animatronic! 

Flight of the Hippogriff

Flight of the Hippogriff is the attraction for the smaller Harry Potter fans, making it a perfect attraction to take the younger kiddos while the rest of the family goes on Hagrid’s Motorbike. Having only a 36” height requirement, Flight of the Hippogriff is simple and fun enough for both the young and the young at heart. There’s even a hippogriff animatronic that you have to see to believe!

Hogwarts Express

You just HAVE to ride the Hogwarts Express, you just have to! If you board the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade your ride would take you back to King’s Cross Station in London. The ride is different for both directions. It’s important to note that you will need a park-to-park ticket in order to ride. 

The Hogwarts Express is magical, but be sure to keep some chocolate on hand in case of dementors…

Entertainment in Hogsmeade

In Hogsmeade, the magic doesn’t stop at wand selection and spellcasting. The village offers captivating entertainment options that bring the wizarding world to life through lively performances and enchanting shows. Here are a couple of the must-see entertainment offerings in Hogsmeade:

Triwizard Spirit Rally

Prepare to be dazzled by the energetic and awe-inspiring performances of the Triwizard Spirit Rally. This enchanting display features students from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, showcasing their skills in wand combat, acrobatics, and dance. The rally immerses you in the magical atmosphere of the Triwizard Tournament, bringing the excitement and wonder of the wizarding world right before your eyes. Though, once again, the other schools showcase something cool and Hogwarts is left singing about Hoggy-Hogwarts…

Frog Choir

The Frog Choir is an enchanting arrangement of frogs croaking out songs and beats, led by students of the Hogwarts choir. It is fun, whimsical, and the just the right level of dorky. Though we still wish we had cooler representation, like Durmstrang. 

Can You Cosplay in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal? 

Yes! Unlike Disney, Universal doesn’t have strict rules about costumes. Guests of every age can step into Hogsmeade dressed as their favorite characters from Harry Potter! 

Maybe that’s a little too bold for you, well then you are encouraged to represent your Hogwarts house! Whether you aspire to be a brave Gryffindor, a cunning Slytherin, a wise Ravenclaw, or a loyal Hufflepuff, you can find all your Hogwarts house needs right there in the parks. From intricately designed robes to house-specific shirts, ties, scarves, and accessories, the shops in the Wizarding World have you covered.

Immerse yourself in the magic by donning the attire of your chosen house and explore the park as if you’ve stepped right into the pages of the books or frames of the movies. It’s an enchanting experience that allows you to become a part of the wizarding world and showcase your love for Harry Potter through the art of cosplay.

Dining in Hogsmeade at Universal’s Island of Adventure

Hogsmeade in Universal Orlando Resort offers a delightful range of dining options that capture the essence of the wizarding world. Here are some of the fantastic dining experiences you can enjoy in Hogsmeade:

The Three Broomsticks

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Step into this iconic pub and restaurant that serves up hearty British fare. From traditional dishes like fish and chips and shepherd’s pie to savory rotisserie chicken and ribs, The Three Broomsticks offers a cozy and rustic atmosphere for a satisfying meal. Don’t forget to try the famous butterbeer, available in regular, hot, and frozen varieties, which is a must-have treat for any Harry Potter fan.

The Hog’s Head

Adjacent to The Three Broomsticks, The Hog’s Head is a lively and spirited tavern where you can enjoy a wide selection of beverages. From a refreshing pint of Butterbeer or Pumpkin Juice to a variety of specialty drinks, including the popular Hog’s Head Brew, this establishment offers a cozy and atmospheric spot to relax and unwind.

BONUS TIP: Ask your bar maid for the secret Deathly Hallows beer that is a layered beer. 

Butterbeer Carts

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Throughout Hogsmeade, you’ll find Butterbeer carts offering this iconic beverage in different forms. Whether you prefer the classic Butterbeer, frozen Butterbeer, or hot Butterbeer during the colder months, these carts provide convenient spots to satisfy your craving for this deliciously sweet and creamy treat. 

Beware: The butterbeer carts always seem to have the longest line for butterbeer. It’s faster at Hog’s Head or The Three Broomsticks! 

You can jump into the Harry Potter series with all of your senses, including your stomach! Whether you are grabbing a snack, eating a full meal, or just savoring a butterbeer, Hogsmeade has it all! 

Honeydukes: The Famous Candy Shop in Hogsmeade

Honeydukes, the beloved candy shop in Hogsmeade, is a paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth. Step into this whimsical establishment, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by shelves filled with an array of magical candies, chocolates, and treats. Here are some of the delightful goodies you can find at Honeydukes, straight out of the pages of the Harry Potter books and seen in the movies:

  • Chocolate Frogs: These iconic treats come straight from the pages of Harry Potter. Good news, however, they don’t jump away when you open the box.  Each Chocolate Frog comes in a decorative box, complete with a collectible wizard trading card. Bite into the chocolatey goodness and savor the magical flavor as you enjoy your favorite wizard or witch’s card.
  • Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans: Brace yourself for an adventure in taste with Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, because they mean every flavor! These jelly beans come in a wide range of flavors, some delicious and some quite peculiar. From tasty favorites like chocolate and strawberry to adventurous flavors like earwax, grass, and even vomit, each bean is a surprise waiting to be discovered.
  • Fizzing Whizzbees: Experience the popping sensation of Fizzing Whizzbees. These delectable milk chocolates are infused with a magical fizzing effect that tickles your taste buds and adds an extra element of fun to your candy indulgence.
  • Acid Pops: For a tangy and sour treat, try an Acid Pop. These colorful lollipops pack a punch with their sour coating, providing a zesty delight for those who dare to give them a lick.
  • Sugar Quills: Channel your inner Hermione Granger with a Sugar Quill. These sweet sugar sticks are designed for both enjoyment and practicality, as you can use them for writing and then savor them as a tasty treat.

In addition to the wide selection of candies, Honeydukes also features a bakery case filled with delectable baked goods. Some of the items you might find in the bakery case include:

  • Cauldron Cakes: These small cakes are shaped like cauldrons and are filled with a rich, gooey center. They are perfect for satisfying your craving for a sweet and indulgent treat that comes with a souvenir cauldron to take home.
  • Pumpkin Pasties: Enjoy the taste of autumn with Pumpkin Pasties. These handheld pastries are filled with a sweet pumpkin filling, reminiscent of the flavors of the season.

Shops in Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure

In Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Hogsmeade is home to several enchanting shops that offer a wide range of magical merchandise. Here are the shops you can explore in Hogsmeade:

  1. Ollivanders: Step into the iconic wand shop and experience the magical moment of wand selection, where the wand chooses the wizard. You can also browse a wide selection of character and interactive wands. (More on Ollivanders below!)
  2. Honeydukes: Indulge your sweet tooth at this whimsical candy shop, offering a delightful array of magical candies, chocolates, and treats featured in the Harry Potter series.
  3. Zonko’s Joke Shop: Unleash your mischievous side at Zonko’s, filled with a wide range of novelty items, tricks, jokes, and pranks that will make you feel like a true Hogwarts prankster.
  4. Dervish and Banges: Discover a variety of magical supplies, including Hogwarts school uniforms, Quidditch equipment, broomsticks, wizarding robes, and other fascinating wizarding essentials.
  5. Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods: Explore this unique shop, which houses a collection of confiscated items from Hogwarts students. You’ll find a wide selection of magical artifacts, memorabilia, and collectibles.
  6. Owl Post: Send a piece of magic back home with Owl Post. This shop offers a selection of stationary, quills, and other writing supplies, as well as a unique opportunity to send postcards or letters with a special Hogsmeade postmark.
  7. Gladrags Wizardwear: Find the perfect Hogwarts-inspired fashion at Gladrags Wizardwear. From house robes and scarves to official Hogwarts attire and accessories, you can dress like a true witch or wizard.

These shops really bring the story together that you truly are in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Plus, it’s amazing to bring a bit of the magic home to you in the muggle world. 

Ollivanders in Hogsmeade

Ollivanders is a renowned wand shop located in Hogsmeade. Stepping into Ollivanders is like stepping into the heart of wand magic. This iconic shop, with its charming exterior and enchanting interior, offers an unforgettable experience for Harry Potter fans and visitors alike.

Upon entering Ollivanders, you are immersed in a world of wands. The shelves are lined with boxes of various sizes, each containing a unique wand waiting to choose its witch or wizard, just like the film!. As you wander through the shop, you’ll notice the meticulous attention to detail, from the aged wooden fixtures to the flickering candlelight, creating an atmosphere of magic and mystery.

The highlight of the Ollivanders experience is the interactive wand selection process. A wandkeeper, dressed in the robes of a Hogwarts professor, guides a small group of visitors into a dimly lit room filled with wand boxes. With a touch of theatricality, the wandkeeper selects an individual from the group to experience the magic of wand pairing. This lucky guest is led through a brief but captivating wand ceremony, where the wand reveals itself through a series of intriguing interactions. It’s a truly enchanting moment that captures the essence of the Harry Potter series.

After the ceremony, visitors are free to explore the main shop area, where they can browse an extensive collection of wands. From character replicas to original wands, there is a wand to suit every fan’s desire. These interactive wands allow visitors to cast spells at various locations throughout Hogsmeade, bringing the wizarding world to life right before their eyes. With a flick and a swish, visitors can make water shoot from fountains, make objects levitate, and unlock hidden surprises.

This interactive element makes the wands in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter not only a great souvenir, but an absolute must have for the best day ever. I mean, what student shows up to Hogwarts without a wand?!

About the Wands in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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At Ollivanders in Hogsmeade, visitors can explore an extraordinary collection of wands, each with its own unique story and magical properties. There are 2 types of wands available: the Ollivander originals and the character replicas. 

Ollivander Original Wands

These are exclusive wands that can only be purchased from Ollivanders, adding an extra touch of authenticity and exclusivity to your wand selection. Each original wand comes in its own elegant box with the distinctive Ollivanders label. 

Character Replicas

These wands are meticulously crafted to resemble the wands used by beloved characters from the Harry Potter series. Each character replica wand comes with its own collector’s box, featuring a name label and character details. 

Here is a list of some of the available wands at Ollivanders in Hogsmeade:

  • Elder Wand
  • Harry Potter
  • Hermione Granger
  • Ron Weasley
  • Ginny Weasley
  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Sirius Black
  • Remus Lupin
  • Tonks
  • Narcissa Malfoy
  • Luna Lovegood
  • Draco Malfoy’s
  • Lord Voldemort
  • Newt Scamander
  • Queenie Goldstein
  • Death Eater(s)

These are just a few examples of the wands you can discover at Ollivanders. Each wand carries its own significance and magical properties, allowing you to connect with the world of Harry Potter in a deeply personal way. Whether you choose an original wand or a character replica, your visit to Ollivanders in Hogsmeade will undoubtedly be a magical and unforgettable experience.

Doing Magic in Hogsmeade

In addition to the enchanting wand selection experience at Ollivanders, visitors to Hogsmeade have the opportunity to bring the magic to life themselves with the interactive wands. These interactive wands allow you to cast spells and create magical effects at designated locations throughout Hogsmeade.

Armed with an interactive wand, you can go on a spellbinding adventure, exploring the village and discovering hidden secrets. Along the streets of Hogsmeade, you’ll find enchanted markers that indicate where spells can be cast. Each marker corresponds to a specific spell, and with a flick and a swish of your wand, you can perform the spell and witness the resulting magic.

PRO-TIP: Look for the magical red light and be sure that your wand points directly at it at the start of your spell. 

As you explore Hogsmeade, you might find yourself standing in front of a shop window or a unique feature of the village, such as a fountain or a storefront. Using the wand motions showcased on the floor marker, you can practice your wand movements and incantations to cast the spell. Watch in awe as water shoots from fountains, objects levitate, and doors unlock before your eyes!