‘Harry Potter’ events and experiences include studio tours and potion bars


After watching the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts special on HBO Max, you’re ready to revisit the Wizarding World once again. Whether you’ve read all the books, seen all the theater opening night movies, or you’re a new Potterhead, there’s no denying Harry Potterthe influence of. You may even be patiently waiting for your acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While waiting for your owl to arrive, you can check out these 15 Harry Potter events and experiences around the world.

Since we first said hello to Harry, Ron and Hermione in the cinema 20 years ago, the world of Harry Potter expanded in many ways. Sure, Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts is a fictional place where wizards go to take classes in magic like herbology and transfiguration, but there are is a Hogwarts castle at Universal Studios, you can visit IRL. You can even buy a Butterbeer at the Harry Potter store in New York, or stop by the Great Hall to get sorted in Burbank, California.

Moreover, there are a lot of Harry Potter bars and pop-ups all over the country as well as across the pond. However, if you are not planning to visit London any time soon, there are also plenty of Harry Potter virtual experiences so you can experience the magic from home.

So if you’re looking to “Wingardium Leviosa” the wizarding world in your daily life, here are some of the best Harry Potter events and experiences to discover for yourself.

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Harry Potter Magic in Edinburgh

For a virtual Harry Potter experience, Airbnb is hosting this Harry Potter Magical visit to Edinburgh. From the comfort of your home, you can learn everything you need to know about the history and inspiration behind the Harry Potter Edinburgh tourist guide books for just $21 per person. You will also be officially sorted into your Hogwarts house before the tour begins.

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Very Harry Winter Pop-Up in Chicago

Currently, Replay Lincoln Park in Chicago is hosting a Harry Potter-thematic pop-up for the winter season. At the Chicago Very Harry Winter pop-up, you and your friends can enjoy something to eat, like Hogwarts House Cup Chicken Wings, Huffle Pizza Puffs, and Pretzel Wands, while drinking from a menu of specialty cocktails that includes Buttered Bier and Marauder’s Mull.

The pop-up also features Instagram-worthy photo opportunities at The Great Hall, Ollivanders, and The Ministry of Magic, which will be guarded by Dementors. Tickets start at $20 each and the pop-up lasts until January 31.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is where you can truly feel like you’ve stepped into the Harry Potter movies. At Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando, you can explore Hogwarts Castle and get picked by a wand at the Ollivanders Wand Shop in Hogsmeade.

If you’re in Orlando, take the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley to visit Gringotts or treat yourself to an ice cream at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlor. Basically, Universal Studios should be on every Potterhead’s travel bucket list. Don’t forget to try the Butterbeer.

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Harry Potter London Virtual Tour

Every Friday, this virtual Harry Potter Airbnb’s virtual tour gives fans a look at the films. While listening to behind-the-scenes stories from your guide, you’ll virtually take your broom to multiple filming locations. Tickets for this Airbnb experience start at $17 per person.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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For an immersive experience, The Wizard’s Den Harry Potter pop-up offers you the possibility to prepare your own cocktails. If you think you’ll excel in potions class, this experience is for you. During the 90-minute mixology session, you can make two of your own drinks. The Wizard’s Den will soon announce its locations in 2022.

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Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

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For more on the movie’s behind-the-scenes magic, you need to check out the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. While the films were filmed in the UK, the Hollywood Studios Tour includes a stop at the immersive Magic Made Here experience where you can mix your own potions, be sorted by the Sorting Hat and take photos in the Dursleys’ house, including Harry’s closet under the stairs.

The London tour, however, lets you walk some of the iconic sets like The Great Hall and Diagon Alley while viewing authentic props and costumes from your favorite films. Tickets for the Hollywood and London tours start at around $69 per person.

If the coffee and Harry Potter are two of your favorite things you have to stop by Nimbus Coffee in Los Angeles. This black-owned cafe in downtown LA serves Harry Potter– themed drinks, such as a Mischief Macaroon and a Notorious Black lattes.

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If you want to explore the filming locations of the Harry Potter IRL movies, this two-hour muggle tour of London is perfect. On your Harry Potter tour, your guides will share behind-the-scenes stories and point out some of the less obvious places in the movies that you might not be able to see on your own. Tickets start at just £16, or around $22.

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the Harry Potter Film-concert series

You want to watch the Harry Potter movies in a room again? Well the Harry Potter The concert series not only lets you re-watch your favorite movies on the big screen, but there’s also a full symphony orchestra to play. Check the upcoming dates to see if the tour comes to you. There are also videos you can watch at home to have that same magical experience without ever leaving your couch.

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Harry Potter shop in New York

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Harry Potter: The exhibition

If you can’t make it to Hollywood or London for a studio visit, the Harry Potter: The exhibit gives you the chance to see props and costumes from the movies in a city near you. There are even immersive installations to make you feel like a wizard. The traveling exhibit will be in Philadelphia beginning Feb. 18 with tickets starting at $30.

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Stay at A Harry Potter-Themed Airbnb

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For a more comfortable experience, you and your best friends can rent a Harry Potter-Themed Airbnb. There are many decorated Airbnb stays across the United States that you can find near you for a magical weekend getaway. Of course you can also visit this Harry Potter Airbnb in Godric’s Hollow IRL for as little as £180 or around $245 a night.

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Georgian House Hotel London

Another magical once-in-a-lifetime stay is at the Georgian House Hotel in London. For Harry Potter fans, they have a wizarding experience where you can sleep in a room that looks like a Gryffindor dorm. There’s also an Enchanted Afternoon Tea and Wizard Potion Making experience that you can book during your stay. Rooms cost between $289 and $398 a night.

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Alnwick Castle Filming Tour

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Alnwick Castle was used for Hogwarts in both Sorcerer’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets, so a visit to the castle should be a must for all fans of the films. You can even take a photo of jumping where Harry first learned to fly on his broomstick, so it looks like you’re flying too. Tickets can be purchased in advance for £19 per person or around $25.

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