universal california harry potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida is nothing short of amazing. It’s the kind of stunning, next-generation step forward theme park fans hope to see every decade or so. The sense of place, the small Wizarding community of Hogsmeade and the the nearby Hogwarts Castle, is astonishing. The rides, namely Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, do things we’ve never seen done before. It’s a triumph of design and execution.

It’s also increased attendance at Universal’s Florida parks enough to get Disney nervous, so it was inevitable that Universal would eventually bring their Harry Potter attractions to their California location. Why make mountains of gold Galleons on one coast when you can rake in the big bucks on both? Now, nearly four years after it was announced, a new video tour has been released, giving us our first look at the Universal Studios Hollywood version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that isn’t a gallery of construction site photos.

Check out the new video for the Universal California Harry Potter attractions after the jump.

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Fantastic Beasts book

2016 is going to be a big year for Potterheads. Not only is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — a play described as the eighth Harry Potter story — opening in London next summer, the big-screen spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will make its way to theaters next fall. Shooting on the latter is already underway, in fact, but it’ll be a while before we get the first trailer.

So to tide us over in the meantime, Warner Bros. has unveiled the new official Fantastic Beasts logo. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child header

Potterheads have been clamoring for more details on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two-part play coming to London’s West End next year. But J.K. Rowling didn’t get where she was by giving up secrets so readily. She’s playing the long, slow game, and today she’s got fans talking again with the reveal of the first official Harry Potter and the Cursed Child artwork. See it after the jump.  Read More »

post-credits scenes

Thanks to Marvel Studios, fans have started to stick around more often after the credits, or at least a flashy closing credits sequence, to make sure there isn’t some secret scene to catch. But there have been plenty of post-credits scenes that played the big screen far before Iron Man ever teased the assemble of The Avengers back in 2008.

And now a new video takes a look back at 10 post-credits scenes that you may have never seen. For example, Bill Murray is a riot in Zombieland, but did you know there’s one more tidbit with the Ghostbusters star spouting off a classic line from Caddyshack at the end of the credits of the horror comedy? Check out that and nine other post-credits scenes you may have missed below, but beware of spoilers for the end of the movie in order to explain the context. Read More »

Hogwarts dinner

Grown-ups who never got their Hogwarts acceptance letter will nevertheless be able to engage in one of the school’s time-honored traditions: a Christmas feast with all the trimmings. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is opening the doors of the Harry Potter Great Hall set for their first-ever holiday dinner event this year. Get details on the Hogwarts dinner after the jump.  Read More »

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows kicked off a whole wave of two-part YA series finales, and now that trend has come all the way back around to the franchise that started it. J.K. Rowling has announced that her upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be split into two parts, because the story is just too “epic” to fit into one. Read the Cursed Child two parts announcement after the jump.  Read More »

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

We know quite a bit about Harry Potter at this point — enough to fill, oh, about seven books — but a lot less about his family. For that matter, not even Harry seems to know much about the Potters, since all of them are long dead by the time we meet him in Sorcerer’s Stone. Fortunately, author J.K. Rowling has remedied that with a new essay outlining the Potter family history. Find out three things we learned after the jump. Read More »


Its been a while since we’re covered the short ends in the world of theme parks, so lets get to it. Here is what you can expect to see in today’s theme park bits:

  • Beijing To build largest Universal Studios theme park
  • See the first poster for Universal Studios Hollywood’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Watch a video and see photos to see how far along The Wizarding World of Harry Potter construction is.
  • An Indiana Jones themed bar will open next week in Walt Disney World.
  • Ariel photos of Avatar Land’s construction in Orlando.
  • Star Wars themed shop “Watto’s Grotto” Opens At Hollywood Studios
  • Walt’s Restaurant has been confirmed for Downtown Disney in Orlando
  • See a video from rehearsals of Tangled: The Musical.
  • Disneyland replaces their popcorn.

All that and more. Hit the jump to board the ride. (watch your step)

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