Anyone who has read Harry Potter has certainly wanted to visit the village of Hogsmeade, which is near Hogwarts Castle.
In the village, featured in the third book in the series, Hogwarts students can have some fun, shop and have butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks.
The non-wizard, however, can do all these things without having to go to Hogwarts. Just visit the Islands of Adventure to enjoy these attractions.
I remember exactly the first time I visited Hogsmeade. As some of you know, I worked at Island of Adventure in 2007, and I know this park very well.
However, at that time this area did not exist yet, and it was when I came back in 2014 that I first met it.
I have to say, I kept my mouth open. It was the first area in my opinion where Universal really approached Disney for details and hidden things to see.
If you want to know ALL there is to do in Hogsmeade to plan your trip, this article has been made for you. Come on ?
Knowing the different areas of Harry Potter in Orlando
A lot of people don't really understand how they work the Harry Potter areas at Universal's parks in Orlando. In fact, people don't know that they are “areas”, in the plural.
They imagine it to be a single area or at most a few attractions. They could not be more wrong.
Universal built two major areas of Harry Potter, each in one of its parks. Diagon Alley is at Universal Studios, while Hogsmeade is at Islands of Adventures.
The two areas are interconnected by the Hogwarts Express, which is an attraction in itself. To get from one to the other, however, it is important to have a ticket that allows you to walk in both parks.
In both areas, fans can enjoy Harry Potter attractions as well as shops, restaurants and recreational activities.
The difference is that the areas are set differently according to the books. In Hogsmeade, the idea is to be a village where Hogwarts students go.
The stores mentioned in the books, for example, are there, as are the Three Brooms. In addition, due to its proximity to Hogwarts, the castle-like attractions are also located in Hogsmeade.
Alley Diagonal has attractions focused on it, as well as shops and other attractions of its kind.
The only thing in both places apart from the Harry Potter theme is Ollivanders, the shop that sells wands to visitors.
All in all, Hogsmeade is an area with many attractions. There are at least 10, which fall into three types: theme park attractions, live shows and exploration activities.
Check out a short summary of each of them!
1. Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Hogsmeade's latest attraction is the Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Or, to be shorter, Hagrid's roller coaster.
The attraction opened in 2019 and takes visitors on a tour of Hogwarts, through the Forbidden Forest, the Castle Gardens and even parts of its interior.
It is currently the attraction with the largest queues because of the novelty and being in one of the busiest areas of the Islands of Adventures, which is Hogsmeade. Therefore, we recommend Universal Express Pass not to stay in the queue too long.
2. Flight of the Hippogriff
Flight of the Hippogriff is a quieter, family-focused roller coaster. It has no very amazing lap or high speed.
She simulates a Magical Creature Deal class with Hagrid, which teaches you how to approach and fly a hippogriff.
One of the highlights of the roller coaster is the nearby Hagrid's hut, as well as the pumpkin patch that appears in the third movie in the series.
3. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Hogsmeade's main attraction is the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. She is "the Harry Potter attraction" in the area.
The toy is a kind of mix of dark ride with simulator. We get on a train that walks around a room while an adventure is projected on screens around us.
The train, which is powered by mechanical arms, performs various maneuvers to keep up with projection movements. This gives us the sensation of flying in a Quidditch match, running away from dragons and fighting dementors.
4. Hogsmeade Station
Hogsmeade's first exploration attraction is the village train station. It serves to welcome people arriving at the park through the Hogwarts Express or to send tourists to Universal Studios.
In addition to its transportation function, the station is very beautiful and well decorated. It turns out to be an attraction in itself, since it's so cool to walk around and take pictures.
5. Hogwarts Express
In it, we make the transition between the two train parks as we go through some adventures, such as seeing hippogriffs flying along the way.
6. Frog Choir
One of my private amusement parks in Orlando is to enjoy the live shows they offer.
In Hogsmeade, there are two shows. The first is Frog Choir, a choir of Hogwarts students (each from a house), who sings alongside their frogs. It is a very impressive and funny show!
7. Triwizard Spirit Rally
The second show available at Hogsmeade is the Triwizard Spirit Rally. The event is a recreation of the introductory scene of the schools participating in the Triwizard Tournament in the fourth film in the series.
Some dancers, dressed as Durmstrang students, perform martial arts exhibitions, with dancers dressed as Beauxbatons students do a very beautiful dance.
Ollivanders (or Ollivander) is a difficult attraction to define. It is a mix of show, shop and theme park attraction.
Here you can check out the presentation of a person being chosen by a Harry Potter wand while buying his own wand.
In addition, there is the possibility to buy replicas of the movie wands or an interactive wand.
9. The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle
During the evenings, one of Hogsmeade's great attractions is the light show that is designed at Hogwarts Castle.
The show lasts a long time and even has a very interesting narrative sequence. It's the perfect way to wrap up a day at the park.
10. Interactive Spells
Finally, Hogsmeade participates in the path of interactive spells within Universal's parks.
It is a very fun experience. You buy an interactive wand online or at Ollivanders and you can search for places where you can cast spells.
Some of the most famous spells in the series, such as Wingardium Leviosa or Alohomora, are available to visitors who have had an interactive wand. Just find the specific places and make the right moves.
In addition to the usual theme park attractions, another major attraction in Hogsmeade is the shops to buy Harry Potter products and souvenirs.
Let's agree that this goes for just about anywhere in Orlando, isn't it? The little shops make anyone crazy.
I have to admit that whenever I go to a store like this with Nath I get scared of how much money she will spend.
Even more because she loves to buy silly things that cost $5-$8 and at the end of the trip was a lot of money!
Hogsmeade doesn't have as many options as Diagon Alley, but it will still do some damage to your bank account.
Check out the main options below!
The first store was already mentioned here, but it's worth talking about again. At Ollivanders, fans can buy wands of all kinds.
You can buy a normal wand for yourself or a replica of movie character wands. In addition, there is the possibility of buying an interactive wand to cast spells around the park.
The standard wand costs $ $25 while the interactive wand costs $ $48.
Dervish and Bangles
In the books, Dervish and Bangles fixes gadgets and magic objects. But in Hogsmeade, she is focused on selling clothes to tourists.
Quidditch gear is for sale, as are Hogwarts clothes and school house scarves. The price is a little expensive, but the experience is unique.
One of the highlights of the store is a Magical Creature Deal book that moves and scares people passing by.
Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods
This store does not exist in the books and simulates the office of Filch, caretaker of Hogwarts. For sale are all the items he allegedly confiscated from the school's students.
The store is a kind of "sell it all". There's a little bit of everything from stuffed animals to Death Eater masks, to replicas of movie objects, office supplies, and more.
The most famous candy store in the Harry Potter franchise is in Hogsmeade as well. The legendary Fingersdemel (seriously, who didn't dream of this store while reading the books?) Sells all sorts of sweets.
The most sought after, of course, are the Chocolate Toads and Beans of All Flavors, but there are cauldron cakes, explosive chocolates and all sorts of sweets described in the books.
Simulating a post office in Hogsmeade, Owl Post sells various office equipment and stationery. They are writing pens, inks, stamps and more. Also, there are several stuffed owls for fans of these animals.
As you can see, you will spend a lot of time in Hogsmeade to enjoy all the 10 attractions and shops of the place.
So it is worth stopping at some point for a meal, be it a lunch, dinner or even afternoon snack.
There are two major establishments in place, both originating directly from the books in the series.
The first one is also the most famous. How many times have I dreamed of having a butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks? Probably a few hundred. Now it is possible!
Três Vassouras is a traditional table restaurant where you and your family can enjoy a good meal while having a rest.
The place is beautifully decorated and it really looks like you're in the Harry Potter movie or in Hogsmeade for real. It is surprisingly well decorated, from tables to objects on the wall and staff uniform.
The local menu is not so cheap, but worth it for the experience. The cheapest main course is a meat pie with salad ($ $9.99), but there are other options like pork ribs, turkey drumsticks and the famous fish & chips. All around $15 or $16 dollars.
To drink, there are teas, sparkling water and lemonade, but everyone orders a mug of butterbeer, which costs $ $7.
For dessert, have butterbeer cream, ice cream and apple pie.
Wild boar head
In the books, the Boar Head is a pub and hostel founded and run by Dumbledore's brother. At Universal's park, it's a perfect pub for a beer and a break in the rush.
In addition to Butterbeer Beer and Pumpkin Juice (local brands), they serve the house's unique Boarhead Beer. Also, there is a selection of beers and other alcoholic beverages to try.
When to go to Hogsmeade?
As you can see, Hogsmeade has a lot to do. It is therefore difficult to say exactly how much time to spend and what time to get there.
In a perfect world, it would take 3 days to enjoy Universal's two parks. At first, only the attractions of the Islands of Adventures. In the second, only from Universal Studios.
And in the third, only the two areas of Harry Potter. In this case, in the morning at Hogsmeade, I would have lunch at the Three Brooms and take the Hogwarts Express. Hogsmeade stayed for the afternoon.
Ideally, this is the best script to do.
However, if you only have a day for the Islands of AdventureWe recommend leaving the afternoon to visit Hogsmeade.
In that case, you would need the Universal Express Pass to do all the major attractions in the morning, and in the afternoon, spend the day having fun in the place.
Sure, you wouldn't be able to see all the details, but you could have a lot of fun, leaving shopping for the end of the day before you leave.
Among all the attractions, we recommend that you see everything, of course. However, if time is up, make the first three attractions on the priority list and, if you want, go shopping.
There is no doubt that any Harry Potter fan will leave Hogsmeade delighted, right? Who is not a fan to enjoy the attractions, but will not have the same grace, it is fact.
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