The news about the opening of Harry Potter’s Wizarding World took social media by storm with posts from excited visitors at the opening when even the blazing California sun could not stop the muggles from feeling like they were in snowy Scotland as the wizarding world had been recreated in such exquisite details that it makes us all want to relocate there.
— Sam Pottorff (@sampottorff) April 6, 2016
Social and mainstream media outlets highlighted how visitors can explore the mysteries of Hogwarts castle, visit the Hogsmeade shops and sample food from the Three Broomsticks – which is reportedly so delicious because J.K. Rowling approved it herself, and it is rumoured that she tested everything – so if it’s on the menu, Rowling liked it.
The Hollywood version of the Wizarding World also includes a recreation of the village of Hogsmeade with the Hogwarts Castle. The Forbidden Journey ride sits within the castle and uses 3D technology to bring a panoply of characters – from terrifying dragons to Harry himself – roaring to life.
The wisecracking Weasley twins contributed to the social frenzy as actors James and Olivers Phelps both went along to the opening. James tweeted a photo of the Hogwarts castle lit up with the #hogwartscomestohollywood hashtag and Instagramed a photo of his “wand lesson”.
Having a wand lesson with Prof Davis just before the grand opening of the WWOHP Universal… https://t.co/Edaz0gTga3
— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) April 7, 2016