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Hogwarts Is Coming to Hollywood

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the darkest cave in the most impenetrable forest at the ends of the Earth, you’ve probably heard of Harry Potter. And honestly, even in your rock-cave-forest home, we’re guessing you’ve still heard of it.

Good old Mr. Potter is a pretty big thing, and about to become a bigger one in Southern California. That’s right: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood!

The Deal

The scoop is simple. In less than four months, Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry will officially be open. You’ll be able to explore Hogwarts castle as Ron and Hermione knew it, traipse through Hogsmeade shops just like generations of little witches and wizards, and enjoy food and drink from some truly spectacular wizarding institutions.

Love butter beer? Pumpkin pasties? Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans? You’ll find them here, along with heart-stopping rides, thrilling attractions and mythology born straight from the seven wonderful books that changed the fantasy world forever.

The Diversions

Wondering what you’ll get to do while traveling the wonderful alleys and bylanes of the wizarding world? There are so many attractions; it’s hard to know where to start.

Try waving a wand at Ollivanders, or sipping age-appropriate brew at the Three Broomsticks. You can shop for sweets at Honeydukes, beloved of Hogwarts students for centuries, or try out magical instruments and items of power at Dervish and Banges. Check out Hermione’s Yule Ball dress at Gladrags Wizardwear, or view generations of lost items at Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods.

If you want to amp up the excitement in your home, view the interactive video on the theme park’s website and explore the grounds. There you can check out news related to the grand opening, plan your route and sign up for special announcements to prepare yourself for the big trip!

The Date

The grand opening is April 7, 2016. The first week will be full of exciting kickoff events, so if you enjoy a good hullaballoo, reserve your plane tickets and hotel rooms for the initial frenzy. If you’re the more sedate type, wait a few weeks for the chaos to settle down, then come see the world for yourself. You’re bound to have a fabulous time no matter when you choose.

The Digs

Naturally, you can’t come all the way to a magical world without having somewhere to stay. Let Hotel Amarano take care of your comfort needs. It’s located in the heart of this entertainment capital, within convenient driving or public transportation distance of Universal Studies and others, including Disney, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks and many more.

You’ll be as comfortable as a niffler in a treasure chest, with complimentary WiFi, accommodations for your pets, a 24-hour Concierge and a fitness center. Whether you’re on business and want to dip into the Wizarding World with your family or are here for leisure, the Amarano Hotel meets the highest standards of comfort and class.

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