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If you're a Harry Potter fan even in the slightest, you might want to sit down for this news.
Not only has Universal Studios Orlando today revealed the first image of planned additions to come at The WIzarding World of Harry Potter, but they've announced that the new zone will be connected to the original Wizarding World by a recreation of the Hogwarts Express train.
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Harry Potter is hitting the high seas.
The first annual Wizard Cruise, which is being organized by the Los Angeles-based, Potter-themed store Whimsic Alley, will take 600 robe-clad fans on a four-might adventure straight out of Hogwarts aboard the Golden Princess this fall.
“For the entire time they’re with us, they become students at a wizarding academy, subject to the challenges and ordeals inherent in that experience,” said Stan Goldin, Whimsic Alley’s founder.
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Platform 9 3/4 at London's King's Cross stationis best known as the fictional place where young wizards catch the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter books and films. For years, fans of the books and movies have gone to pose with only a sign, but now the station and platform has its very own Harry Potter store.
The store was created by Jonathan Sands, the founder of London Film Museum, who said in a statement, "King’s Cross Station has recently undergone the most amazing re-development and we are delighted to be a part of it thanks to Network Rail.”
J.K. Rowling might have moved on from Harry Potter, but that doesn't mean her fans have to.
Next month Harry Potter: The Exhibition, is returning to Discovery Times Square in NYC with lots of cool new updates.
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Heading to London this summer? Yeah, so is everyone else. This week, Jaunted's London embed, Lilit Marcus, will share some definite destinations for getting out of town and out of the crowds.
Although you can’t get there from Platform Nine and Three Quarters, the newly opened Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden is an entertaining and easy daytrip from London. Despite the London address, it’s actually located in Hertfordshire, near St Albans.
The WB studio complex is home to many of the original HP sets, props, costumes and more, which makes it a worthy pilgrimage spot for a Potter nerd. If you don’t drive, the best way to get there is by taking a train from Euston Station to Watfordthere are plenty, and it’s only about 20 minutes’ rideand then taking the HP bus to the studio for an additional £2. (The bus is black and painted with Harry Potter characters, so it’s pretty hard to miss.)
Be sure that you book your tickets in advance (£28 per adult and available here) as no tickets are sold on site, and, if you try to go into the parking lot security guards will ask to see your printed-out confirmation notice. Additionally, you’ll need to arrive about 45-60 minutes before the time your tour is scheduled to start, just to make sure that you have enough time to wait in line and/or browse the gift shop.
The last Harry Potter film may be hitting the big screen today but there will still be plenty of ways for fans to get their fix. Harry Potter tourism is booming. Here in the U.S. we're lucky enough to have The Wizardly World of Harry Potter, which just celebrated it's one one year anniversary in Orlando.