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17 Hidden Gems Harry Potter Fans Should Look For In Diagon Alley At Universal Orlando

Everything is so magical! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., opens to the public on July 8.

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1. At King's Cross Station, there's a perfume ad that resembles the one Harry and Dumbledore stand by in Half-Blood Prince.

If you enter King's Cross Station from the London facade, you'll see it somewhere on your left. If you're taking the Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade, it will be on your right.

3. At the Magical Menagerie, there's a Crumple-Horned Snorkack, which is one of Luna's favorite creatures.

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Luna Lovegood's father, Xenophilius Lovegood, believed he retrieved the horn of a Crumple-Horned Snorkack, but it was in fact an Erumpent horn, which later exploded and ruined the Lovegood house during Deathly Hallows.


4. Also at the Magical Menagerie shop is a snake. If you stand outside the window, it will speak to you in Parseltongue, and then English.

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It's supposed to mimic the moment Harry first interacts with a snake at the zoo in Sorcerer's Stone and doesn't yet realize his special abilities.

5. At Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, there's a microscope that was used by Bill Weasley in the pre-show portion of the Gringotts ride.

You'll see it sitting on his desk.


8. At Borgin and Burkes is the Vanishing Cabinet. If you listen closely, you'll hear a bird chirping from inside like in Half-Blood Prince.

Even Draco Malfoy was amazed.

11. If you go to the Money Exchange, you can ask the Goblin any question and he'll respond.

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We asked if Gringotts has dental plans and he gave us the death stare and shook his head in shame. A safer question is asking about the dragon in Gringotts.


13. With the interactive wands available, you can cast your own spells throughout Diagon Alley.

If you yell, "Metelojinx!" and move your wand the correct way, water will pour down from the umbrella above.


16. If you hang by the Knight Bus, you might meet the conductor and Dre Head, which will result in a really interesting convo.

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Yep, the head actually talks. Also, the conductor is totally in character and it's great.

17. If you look in the window at Mr. Mullpepper's Apothecary, you'll see a set of shark teeth which is a tribute to the Jaws ride.

Diagon Alley took its place, hence the tribute.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., opens to the public on July 8.

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