Universal Studios has released an interactive website for their Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, giving fans an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of the most famous wizard in fiction.
The website will sweep guests through Hogsmeade village within the soon-to-open “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters, brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, and being masterfully recreated with impeccable detail into a fully immersive land.
Stylistically designed to be authentic to the tone and feel of the Harry Potter films, the website invites guests to virtually sample the land's many shops, establishments and attractions through an artfully recreated parchment map.
With each click of the mouse, guests will venture further into the land to uncover such specialty retail shops as Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Owl Post, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, along with such famous eateries as Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head pub.
As their virtual journey takes them through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, visitors will become acquainted with such iconic locations as Professor Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom and the Portrait Gallery. Commentary from the cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, as well as Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative for Universal Parks & Resorts, is featured throughout the virtual tour.
And finally, guests will have a chance to explore the multidimensional thrill ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” which will make its U.S. debut in hyper-realistic 3D-HD to further immerse guests in the already captivating storyline, and “Flight of the Hippogriff,” which will be Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.
Currently, in-park guests at Universal Studios Hollywood can experience and purchase authentic merchandise, including wands, robes and other collectibles from "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," available within the Features Presentation shop, located just inside the theme park’s main entry.