10 Fun Facts About The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Diagon Alley
At Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, you can explore two lands of groundbreaking thrills and magical fun in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. You can dive inside the story on the streets of Diagon Alley where hidden dangers lurk far beneath Gringotts bank. Travel to the village of Hogsmeade and into Hogwarts castle for a spellbinding journey through the skies.
There are so many cool facts about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the fascinating streets of Diagon Alley that many muggles may not know. Keep reading!
Did you know that you can hear Moaning Myrtle in the bathrooms in Hogsmeade? In the Harry Potter films and books, the ghost of Myrtle Warren made many appearances in the girls’ bathroom at Hogwarts. In Hogsmeade, the bathrooms for both genders are haunted. Next time you visit the bathrooms, listen carefully for the ghostly whining and crying.
Watch out for fire! Perched atop Gringotts Bank, a Ukranian Ironbelly dragon lets out a gasp of fire every 15 minutes or so. Before the beast releases the flames, you can start to hear growling from above. Time it right, and you can get a pretty epic picture!
There really is a Platform 9 3/4 and people do disappear, kind of. If you are traveling to the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross Station, you might just miss one of thecoolest special effects if you don’t know where to look. The entrance to the tunnel leading to the train, if you stand back a bit and watch, the people in line ahead will appear to pass through a solid brick wall to Platform 9 3/4. Note that you can’t see the effect as you walk through the tunnel, but those in line behind you will see it. It’s pretty cool!
The first thing you’ll notice when you step inside is the goblin behind the counter. Ask him a question and see what he has to say. Afterwards, you can trade your U.S. currency for Gringotts bank notes in $10 or $20 denominations.
The banknotes can be used for purchases within Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, and at select locations throughout Universal Orlando Resort. Any unused wizard money can be transferred back into U.S. currency at the Guest Services office in either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
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