The Harry Potter Expo is an integral part of A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, and it gets bigger and better every year. The waits often stretch over an hour to get inside, so you might be wondering if it’s worth it. Yes, yes, and yes! Admission is included with your theme park ticket, and once you get into the Expo studio, you’re immersed in everything Harry Potter from the books, films, and even the Pottermore website. The photos below give a quick sampling of what’s inside and prove that it’s a must-do.
There’s more to do for A Celebration of Harry Potter at both Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure, too. Go here for a celebrity panel talk and here for the gala kick-off ceremony.
So Much Inside
The Harry Potter Expo features companies related to the books and films, like Scholastic, Warner Brothers, Pottermore, Scholastic, and MinaLima. You’ll also find the Sorting Hat Experience just outside the Expo studio.
Props and Models
Inside, you’ll find fascinating props and models. Beware, they’re guarded by Fluffy, so bring some lulling music along with you. Have your camera ready and be prepared to spend some time browsing here.
Scholastic is in on the coloring craze with a Harry Potter coloring book. Join in on the fun by adding your own flair to part of the Harry Potter Coloring Wall with the provided markers.
If you don’t want to color but would still like to leave your mark, grab a pen and add your thoughts and signature to the Muggle Wall. It’s a great way to tell the world what Harry Potter means to you.
MinaLima created all the graphic art in the Harry Potter movies and is busy working on new projects. Learn more about them, and even meet Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima in person at their booth (they’re also doing panel discussions).
Feeling lucky? Sign up for the various raffles being held by Expo participants like MinaLima and Scholastic and you just might win a special Harry Potter treasure.
You don’t have to win a raffle to go home with this gorgeous print. They’re free for the taking, so grab a copy, frame it at home, and you’ll have a lovely keepsake from this year’s Harry Potter Expo.
Show your House pride by selecting among the vast array of souvenirs for sale inside the Expo. If you want to commemorate your visit to the third annual A Celebration of Harry Potter, the event t-shirt is a perfect way to do it.
The waits are long for the Warner Brothers studio tour, but it’s well worth it for fans of the films. Inside you’ll see real props like moles, teeth, and even one of Ron Weasley’s hair pieces.
The Warner Brothers studio tour also features a wand making demonstration. You’ll learn about how the movie wands were made and even see several that were actually used in the films. Be sure to bring your own wand, as you’ll have a chance to duel with a Death Eater at the tour’s end.
Pottermore’s always been a popular hangout for Harry Potter fans, and now there’s more than ever happening on JK Rowling’s official website. What Harry Potter fan isn’t exciting about the announcement of the four additional wizarding schools?