• Saturday, January 16, 2021
10 Things You Might Not Know About Diagon Alley

10 Things You Might Not Know About Diagon Alley

Today marks four years since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expanded with the addition of Diagon Alley to Universal Orlando. Between Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, the Wizarding World was one of the first examples of the “immersive” experiences that most local theme parks now offer. In honor of its 4th anniversary, check out 10 ways Diagon Alley brings the Harry Potter franchise to life.

  1. In the London area at the entrance of Diagon Alley, you may get a glimpse at a familiar face in the window of 12 Grimmauld Place. Every once in a while, Kreacher the house elf will peek out of the curtains for a second.
  2. In the phone booth outside of Kings Cross Station, you can dial 62442 (MAGIC) to get in touch with the Ministry of Magic.
  3. The timetable at Kings Cross Station references real destinations from the station in the United Kingdom, even matching the delays that are pretty typical for the British Rail service.
  4. At Gringotts Money Exchange, you can ask the goblin teller ANYTHING, but no guarantees that the answers will be friendly. If you’re looking to rile him up, ask if he’s a house elf or inquire about a dragon.
  5. Diagon Alley was built in an area formerly known as Amityville, home to the iconic Jaws attraction. The new theme of the area pays homage to its former identity with several nods to the Jaws films in Diagon Alley. In Mr. Mulpepper’s Apothecary, there is a set of shark jaws on display in the window, and telescopes in Wiseacres Gift Shop were made out of the boats from the Jaws attraction. In the record shop, there is a record on display called “Here’s to Swimmin’ With Bowlegged Women” by The Quint Trio, referencing a toast made by Quint in the movie. During their search for Jaws, the three shark hunters sing “Show Me the Way to Go Home”, a song that guests will hear the shrunken heads singing in Knockturn Alley.
  6. In Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, if you look up into the skylight you’ll see a never-ending fireworks display.
  7. All around Diagon Alley, there are several marked locations for practicing spells using interactive wands (purchased at Ollivander’s). However, there are also a few unmarked spells for wizards-in-training to come across. Want a hint? Try the Slug & Jiggers Apothecary storefront and the right hand window of Scribbulus Writing Implements.
  8. Madam Malkin’s Robes For All Occasions is the place to go for fashion advice. The talking mirror is not shy about offering opinions, whether good or bad.
  9. A snake hangs in the window at The Magical Menagerie, there is a snake in the window. When you stand outside the snake’s window, he’ll speak to you in Parseltongue and then in English. It’s a reference to a scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, when Harry comes in contact with a snake and is hearing Parseltongue for the first time.
  10. The Quidditch trophies that top the shelves at Quality Quidditch Supplies were the actual props used in the Harry Potter films.

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