Universal Orlando Resort is the Central Florida home of Harry Potter, with the rousing success of the Wizarding World and Diagon Alley set to open this summer. That makes it the perfect spot for A Celebration of Harry Potter, which is in full swing this weekend.
The celebration is a mix of expo exhibits, presentations, and panel discussions, all of which are included with your admission ticket. What can you see if you decide to hit the Expo, which is at Universal Studios Florida? This list will give you a small sampling of all the things you can see and do.
Bring your camera, and be prepared to spend a lot of time browsing, chatting, snapping photos, and even buying some souvenirs. You'll be surprised at how quickly time gets away from you once you're inside and seeing everything from Gringotts to authentic props and costumes to the Sorting Hat to wand battles.
Don't forget to save some time to head over to Islands of Adventure next door. That's where you'll find all the presentations and panel discussions.
First Photo Op
Don't miss this first photo op as you go into the Harry Potter Expo (or you can grab a pic on the way out...it's right in the front).
Once you get into the Expo building (Soundstage 33 at Universal Studios), your first order of business is getting a photo in Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
You can pick up the commemorative Harry Potter postage stamps at the Expo. Better yet, you can get an autograph from their designer. The U.S. Post Office booth also has a cute photo opportunity.
New Harry Potter Covers
Meet Kazu Kibuishi, who designed the new 15th Anniversary Harry Potter book covers. He's on hand to chat and sign autographs, and you can sign the Scholastic Harry Potter Fan Wall at the booth.
Want to know which House you really belong in? You can find out with the Sorting Hat Experience at the Expo. The line can get long, but it moves pretty fast.
You'll enjoy seeing several authentic costumes from the Harry Potter movies at the Expo. Look for them near the queue line for the Sorting Hat Experience.
The Harry Potter films feature amazing graphic design, and you can meet the people behind it at the Expo. Stop by the MinaLima booth for some great examples of their work.
Pottermore features rich graphic design that draws users into Harry's world. You can meet the people behind the official Harry Potter website at the Expo.
Be on the lookout for various authentic props from the Harry Potter movies. You'll find them scattered around the Expo at various booths and locations, including the Warner Brothers Studio Tour booth.
Warner Brothers also has classes on wand combat. Don't worry if you didn't bring your own wand. You can borrow one to join in the fun.