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So, you’re planning a trip to Universal Studios and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You’ve heard people talk about the Butterbeer, the robes, the rides, and the ever-amazing interactive wands. Excuse me? What is an interactive wand and why do you need one? Much like Disney has its popular ears to wear, guests visiting Harry Potter need a wand to complete the experience. If I have you suddenly worried on how to make your time in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter the highlight of your trip, no worries. Here’s your guide to finding your perfect interactive wand and becoming a Wizard.
What is an interactive wand?
Simply put, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Throughout the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you’ll have the chance to become your own wizard or witch and practice spells. To cast spells, you’re going to need an interactive wand. Inspired by characters from the movies, you’ll have 22 wands to pick from.
I love all the intricate details on each wand. No two wands look the same. If you are not wanting a specific character wand, you can also choose from non-character interactive wands that are unique to a witch or wizard’s personality. Everyone also has a wand assigned to their birthdate. Any wand master can look up your wand and help you locate it in the store. Let’s talk about where to find the wands.
Where can the wands be found?
Once you’ve entered The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, make your way to Ollivanders or Wands by Gregorovitch.
Wands can also be found at Ollivanders in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, as well as on the wand cart located near the Hogwarts Castle.
I would highly suggest taking the time to visit the wand master at Ollivanders. Experience magic as one lucky guest is picked to participate in the show and have their wand chosen. I can tell you from personal experience, watching your kiddo participate is amazing.
Wands are also available to purchase at the Universal Store at CityWalk.
What does my wand do?
You’ve purchased your wand, so now what? Now is when the magic happens. You are ready to begin casting spells. Inside your wand box will be a map. One side of the map shows the locations of the 16 spells you can cast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. The other side shows the 9 locations in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
When you’ve picked out a location, you will see a gold medallion on the ground. Look closely, and you will see where to stand and the correct wand movement to make the spell work. Most of the spells are located in storefront window displays, but there are a few around Diagon Alley that near a fountain and use water to make magic happen.
While you’re walking around casting spells, don’t forget to grab a Butterbeer. Served a few different ways, it’s a delicious drink to sip on while creating magic. My personal favorite is the hot Butterbeer, which is served seasonally, followed by the frozen Butterbeer. The slushy frozen version is perfect on a warm day in the parks. If there’s any chill in the air, the hot version is a must-have. If you’re wanting to go all out in your Harry Potter experience, purchase one of the robes and feel like a real wizard or witch.
Now that you have the tools needed, find your wand, grab a butterbeer and start casting spells. Did you pick a favorite wand? Our house has four wands so far, and I’m sure more will be added in the future. Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade are a highlight of our time spent at Universal Studios. I hope your trip can be just as magical. If you have already visited, I would love to hear which wand you have and what your favorite spell to cast is.