Reliving the Journey: Wizarding World Attractions Chronologically by Book

By | July 4, 2017

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is the ultimate destination for fans of the popular Harry Potter series. There are so many fantastic attractions, shows, shops, and other details for fans to discover. If you’re a fan of the books and films, you can follow the journey of Harry Potter from book one through seven (or film one through eight) with the attractions found at Universal Orlando. Check out these Wizarding World attractions chronologically by book.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter’s first big introduction to the Wizarding World occurs in Diagon Alley as he shops for his first year at Hogwarts. You can find many locations that make their first appearance in Sorcerer’s Stone, such as Ollivander’s Wand Shop, the Leaky Cauldron, and Gringotts Bank.

ollivander's diagon alleyYou can stop in to exchange some muggle money for wizarding notes at the Gringotts Money Exchange and browse merchandise at shops like Madame Malkin’s and, of course, purchase a wand at Ollivander’s. To complete the first-journey-to-Hogwarts experience, you can catch the Hogwarts Express out of King’s Cross Station after passing through the hidden entry onto Platform 9 ¾.

Reliving the Journey: Wizarding World Attractions Chronologically by BookHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

You’ll find most of the references to Chamber of Secrets in the flagship ride in Hogsmeade, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, including the giant spiders of the Forbidden Forest and the skeleton of the basilisk. There are a few other smaller references you can find around the Wizarding World. You can see a display of Gilderoy Lockhart and his book, Magical Me, in the window of Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley.

diagon alleyIn the Dragon Challenge queue, before you go inside, you can find the battered Ford Anglia Ron and Harry flew to Hogwarts. As you enter the women’s bathroom in Hogsmeade, you can also hear Moaning Myrtle.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

You’ll see some references to Prisoner of Azkaban in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, most notably Dementors and the appearance of Harry’s Patronus. For a fun encounter from Prisoner of Azkaban, chat with the Knight Bus driver outside Diagon Alley.

knight bus driver diagon alleyYou can also spot Buckbeak outside Flight of the Hippogriff in Hogsmeade – be sure to bow as you pass him when the ride begins. Also, don’t forget to grab some strawberry peanut butter ice cream from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor. 

florean fortescueHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The biggest reference you’ll see to Goblet of Fire is Dragon Challenge, a roller coaster with two tracks – one represents the Chinese Fireball, and the other the Hungarian Horntail. Keep an eye out in the queue and you can also spot the Triwizard Cup on display.

Hogsmeade Triwizard RallyIn Hogsmeade you can catch the Triwizard Rally with performances from the other participating wizarding schools, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

You can locate the Order of the Phoenix headquarters yourself by stopping on the London Waterfront and looking for 12 Grimmauld Place. Look up at the windows and you may spot Kreacher peering down at the street. diagon alleyYou can also stop in the Hog’s Head Pub in Hogsmeade, where the first meeting of Dumbledore’s Army occurred, to have your own secret meeting over some Butterbeer or Firewhiskey. If you watch closely in the queue for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, you can also spot a unicorn tapestry that appears briefly outside the Room of Requirement in the film version of Order of the Phoenix.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

If you visit the inside of Borgin & Burke’s (which we first see in the books in Chamber of Secrets), you’ll find a few references to Draco Malfoy’s secret mission in this story. At the back of the shop is the Vanishing Cabinet (lean in close and you can hear a bird chirping inside), and if you take a look around you can also find the cursed opal necklace and the Hand of Glory. Diagon Alley Weasley's Wizard WheezesFor a more lighthearted shopping experience, you can also visit Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, which they first opened in Half-Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The best place to get a feel for the high stakes of the series’ final story is with Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, where you’ll become part of Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s daring break-in to Gringotts Bank. Diagon AlleyYou’ll also want to catch the Tales of Beedle the Bard, which often tells the Tale of the Three Brothers, the origin story of the Deathly Hallows featured in the book and film.

While following all of these Wizarding World attractions chronologically by book would result in a lot of zig-zagging, you’ll be able to see the path of Harry’s journey during your visit. Even this doesn’t cover all of the secrets and references you can find hidden in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. To get all the expertise and insider knowledge you’ll want for your trip, contact elizabeth@theaffordablemouse.com to start planning.

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