Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
So far I’ve written about the two new rides in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley expansion: Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts and the Hogwarts Express. But one of the coolest additions to Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter isn’t a ride, store, food, drink or show — it is an experience. Since The Wizarding World first opened, some of the most popular items have been the magic wands park guests can purchase. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion has upgraded the wands to provide a magical experience that can’t be found anywhere else. Find out about the magic in Diagon Alley’s interactive wands after the jump.
When guests purchase the new interactive wands, they will allow muggles to perform magic around Diagon Alley and also in Hogsmeade. Prospective wizards with interactive wands can find the spell locations on a map, and in person via bronze medallion markers in the pavement. Recite the marked spell, and with a flick of the wrist and a wave of their wand in the indicated pattern, a fun magical moment is created.
It might not sound like much, but a magician will tell you there is no greater trick than having a piece of magic happen in the hands of a spectator. Park guests with the new interactive wands are creating magic, and I’m sure even the most cynical park guest will smile with delight after trying it for themselves.
Universal Orlando released the following video of Harry Potter stars James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) experiencing the magic of Diagon Alley’s interactive wands for the first time. Watch that video above.
The magic is in a special piece embedded in the tip of the interactive wands. The wands aren’t battery powered, and they don’t have any moving parts, so the magic should work for the lifetime of the wizard/witch as long as they are cared for. That said, the interactive wand tips are extremely fragile — I accidentally broke mine during the preview night as did another person I met. (Ollivander’s wand shop was happy to replace my wand, but I’m not sure thats going to be par for course after Diagon Alley opens to real Muggles.)
There are 9 spell locations in the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter land of Hogsmeade, and 25 spell locations between the new Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley. Here is a two-sided maps of the spell locations (with gestutes and incantations) which will be available inside the new interactive wands:
What do the interactive wand locations do? See photos and videos on the next page.