West End: Harry Potter Without Magic?

On December 20th, J.K. Rowling confirmed on her Facebook page a rumor that had been making the rounds online the previous day: that she would be producing a play for the West End (London’s “Broadway”) about Harry Potter. Many were very surprised and excited to hear this news, but for me, I was confused more…

The Leaky Cauldron… In Real Life

Let’s review what we already know: Universal Orlando is opening an expansion to its very popular “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park. The current theme park features Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. The current park resides within “Islands of Adventure”. The expansion will feature Diagon Alley and will replace the “Jaws” theme park within the main…

Theme Park Expansion Opens Spring 2014

When “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park was opened to the public at Universal Orlando Resort in 2010, we were given small glimpses of the Hogwarts Express—the locomotive but not the rest of the rail cars—and Diagon Alley. (Ollivanders, the wand shop, was placed in Hogsmeade when the theme park was opened, despite…

Diagon Alley on Google Street View

Not many Harry Potter fans have the opportunity to tour Warner Bros. Studios, particularly because traveling from the states to London is not an inexpensive endeavor. However, now one piece of that Studio Tour has come to us via Google Street View. Some might recall how Google Street View also played an instrumental role in…