Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley opens July 8

June 18, 2014 | 1:56 p.m.
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Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, a joke shop that sells silly objects, such as Extendable Ears, a Reusable Hangman, and Fred and George's special WonderWitch products. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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Diagon Alley by day, for all the supplies a Hogwarts student might need. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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Diagon Alley by night; to the right, there's the main office for the wizarding newspaper, The Daily Prophet. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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Gringott's Wizarding Bank, owned and operated by goblins and watched over by at least one scary security guard. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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For all your raspberry and chocolate needs: Florean Fortescue's Ice-cream Parlour. (Universal Orlando)

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life. Guests will pass through London and the brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley – a wizarding hub within a Muggle city. There will be shops, restaurants and a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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Guests can grab wizarding essentials at Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, one of the shops located in Diagon Alley. Here, guests can pick up items such as telescopes, binoculars, armillary spheres, compasses, magnifying glasses and hourglasses. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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Guests will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which opened in June 2010 at Islands of Adventure, and London when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida. The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside – as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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Guests will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which opened in June 2010 at Islands of Adventure, and London when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida. The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside – as well as a few surprises. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life. Guests will pass through London and the brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour will offer visitors a chance to sample treats such as strawberry-and-peanut butter ice cream. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be able to visit Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will place riders in the middle of an adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults. (Universal Orlando Resort)

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Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes features novelty items, magical jokes and toys inspired by J.K. Rowling's books. (Universal Orlando Resort)

Muggles: Have you booked your tickets for Florida yet?

In its second phase, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the theme park experience based on J.K. Rowling’s saga, will open its Diagon Alley experience on July 8.

The Diagon Alley attraction, modeled after the famous shopping thoroughfare visited by Hogwarts students and their magical families in the books and films, also will be home to a new ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, designed to take patrons through the vaults of the famous Goblin bank.

The new area will double the size of the Wizarding World already found at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, expanding the themed environment across that and the Universal Studios Florida park. Guests can journey between both lands aboard the Hogwarts Express.

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At Diagon Alley, visitors will be able to purchase wands at Ollivanders and Hogwarts uniforms at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, while Quality Quidditch Supplies will offer an assortment of brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers and bats and other miscellaneous sporting equipment. Future members of Slytherin House can venture into Borgin and Burkes, the Knockturn Alley specialty store offering items of particular interest to the Death Eaters and those interested in the Dark Arts — masks, skulls, etc.

Patrons who work up an appetite can grab a bite at the Leaky Cauldron or Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.

Although Rowling released her final book in the “Harry Potter” series in 2007, and the last feature film adaptation arrived in 2011, the saga has continued to fascinate fans on the page and on the screen. Last September, word came that Rowling and Warner Bros. were partnering to make more movies based on Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — a 42-page textbook of sorts, published in 2001 after the fourth “Harry Potter” novel — and the adventures of its fictional author, Newt Scamander.

The movie’s Hufflepuff hero Newt is a magizoologist (one who studies magical creatures, of course). The first film in the announced trilogy is to be penned by Rowling — marking her screenwriting debut.

Alfonso Cuarón, who directed “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” was rumored to be the front-runner to direct the new project, but he recently told the Guardian, via the Spanish news wire Efe, that he “has no plans of any kind.” Referring to his Oscar-winning space drama “Gravity,” Cuarón said, “I’m coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit.”

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Universal initially launched the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade at its Islands of Adventure theme park in 2010, and there are plans to develop a similar attraction at the theme park’s Universal Studios Hollywood location.

Click through the gallery of images at the top of the post to see photos of the new attractions.

– Gina McIntyre and Margaret Wappler | @LATHeroComplex

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  1. Melissa Chapin says:

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