Visitors to the Ollivander’s Wand Shop at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will step into one of the most iconic scenes from the bestselling Harry Potter books and blockbuster feature films. With the assistance of a live actor, along with amazing special effects, guests of Ollivander’s will get to experience the same type of magical moment Harry had in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” when a wand ”chooses them.”
(Click here to view a video highlighting the Ollivander’s experience, featuring commentary from Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson).
“When guests visit Ollivander’s, they will instantly feel like they’re in the shop from the films. It’s an intimate, single-windowed building, with the same signs, colors and other details read about in the books and seen in the films,” said Alan Gilmore, art director of the Harry Potter films and “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” “But more importantly, visitors to Ollivander’s will experience for themselves the magical moment that forever changed Harry’s life.”
Inside Ollivander’s, visitors will be surrounded by thousands of multi-colored dusty wand boxes stacked on shelves from floor to ceiling. They will be welcomed by an inquisitive Wandkeeper, who will guide them through an enchanting experience to find their very own wand. First, the Wandkeeper will ask the guest a few special questions and then select the first wand for them to try. Just like Harry, the guest will be prompted by the Wandkeeper to give the wand a wave, and a series of magical mishaps will occur until the right fit is found.
In addition to the magic featured in Ollivander’s, guests will experience many other magical happenings at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” including a Howler featured in the Owl Post shop front window whose ranting can be heard by guests as they pass by; TheMonster Book of Monsters in Dervish and Banges, that will snarl and growl at anyone who tries to get too close, and the Hog’s Head, which can be seen puffing his jowls at visitors who visit the Hog’s Head pub.
Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s stories and characters – and faithful to the visual landscapes of the Warner Bros.’ films – “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience complete with multiple themed attractions, shops and an eating establishment.
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