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Celebrate ‘Back to Hogwarts’ at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter this September

by Brittani Tuttle

As all Harry Potter fans know, witches and wizards return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry every September to begin the new year, and starting Sept. 1, Universal Orlando is inviting their guests to celebrate the occasion.

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Back to witches and wizards and magical beasts!

Muggles and wizards alike can come and celebrate the new wizarding school year with special activities in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, including:

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Back to Hogwarts: A Social Media Fan Meet-Up

On Sept. 1, fans can celebrate the start of “Back to Hogwarts” as they choose their own adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Stay tuned for more details on how to register for this event. The fan meet-up will be a limited, special event with spots available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt

Throughout the month of September, Universal Orlando will host a photo scavenger hunt throughout the park and invite guests to share with the hashtag #BackToHogwarts. More details on this experience will be released soon.

Group Photo Fridays

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Wear your wizarding best for these photo meet-ups!

For Potter fans who love a good Instagram-worthy photo, this is for you! Guests can participate in photo meet-ups with their fellow witches and wizards every Friday in September in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Check out the full details below:

  • Friday, Sept. 7
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
    • Location: Hogwarts Express
    • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 14
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
    • Location: Triwizard Stage
    • Time: 12:45 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 21
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
    • Location: Carkitt Market Stage
    • Time: 12 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 28
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
    • Location: Knight Bus
    • Time: 2 p.m.

Dress for Back to Hogwarts

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Dust off your hand-me-down robes, Weasleys! School is back in session!

Going back to wizarding school wouldn’t be complete without a proper back-to-school wardrobe! Guests are encouraged to dress up in their best house robes and show off their creativity to celebrate Back to Hogwarts. You can find the full list of costume guidelines for Universal Orlando Resort here.

Fun can be found throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, both during and outside the Back to Hogwarts event. Explore the shops of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, grab a Butterbeer with your friends, or experience each lands’ attractions, like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey or Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

Don’t forget to end your magical night with The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, which will run on select nights in September.

Stay tuned to our website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channel for more information on the Back to Hogwarts event as its released.

To learn more about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, visit UniversalOrlando.com.

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