Owl post, sweets and spells: Universal's 'Harry Potter' world highlights

Tue Apr 5, 2016 6:49pm EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Just as author J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" stories unmask hidden magical secrets, Universal Studios' new "Wizarding World of Harry Potter," opening Thursday, has also concealed little magical mysteries for fans to uncover.

MAIL FROM HOGSMEADE

Blurring the lines of reality, The Owl Post is an actual post office where visitors can have their mail branded with the Hogsmeade stamp if they buy Hogwarts stationery. Be like Hermione and stack up on parchment paper and quills, or watch a Howler scream and then shred itself in the window display.

Pro tip: Watch out for "The Monster Book of Monsters" lurking in a cage, and recall Hagrid's advice for opening it.

CAST SPELLS - AND REMEMBER, IT'S "WING-GAR-DIUM LEVI-O-SA'

With the aid of an interactive wand, purchased at Ollivanders wand store for about $50, attendees can perform spells at 11 windows throughout Hogsmeade. Just as Hermione corrects Ron's "Wingardium Leviosa" levitating spell, make sure to point the wand directly at the windows with a flick of the wrist, which will activate a reaction in the window display, such as spinning cake stands. The windows can be identified by little markers embedded in the cobblestone streets.   Continued...

 
Dove Rudman (C) and her children, Wyatt (L) and Cody try out witch brooms for sale inside Dervish and Banges general store in Hogsmeade Village during a soft opening and media tour of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park at the Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California in this picture taken March 22, 2016.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian