On September 1, at 11 o’clock sharp, the Hogwarts™ Express departs from Platform 9 ¾ in Kings Cross Station to bring bright young wizards and witches back to Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the fall term. Whether it is your first year at Hogwarts or you are a returning student, you’re bound to need some new school supplies for the new term. At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ in Universal Orlando Resort™ you can purchase everything you need for school and enjoy catching up with fellow potterheads before classes begin at Hogwarts. Best of all, by visiting the Wizarding World in September you’ll enjoy fewer crowds and better weather. Here’s how you can celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day at Universal Orlando Resort™ this year.
Get Last Minutes School Supplies in Diagon Alley™
Don’t let that school supply list overwhelm you. You can find everything you need at the many shops in Diagon Alley™.
- Ollivander’s Wand Shop
Let the right wand choose you at Ollivander’s Wand Shop. It may take a while, but be patient: the right wand is key to successful spell-casting. If the shop is busy, you can purchase wands at Wands by Gregorovitch in Carkitt Market.
- Scribbulus Writing Instruments
You’ll score high marks this year thanks to the detailed notes you’ll take with your new quill pens from Scribbulus. This shop also sells ink wells, journals, and other stationary necessities.
- Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions
Whether you’re in Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff, show your house pride in house robes and scarves. Haven’t been sorted into a house yet? Madam Malkin’s also sells polo shirts, backpacks, and even a few sweaters knitted by Molly Weasley.
- Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
Once you’ve got everything on your list, treat yourself to some fun at the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. This whimsical shop run by the Weasley brothers has everything from Puking Pastilles candies to pet Pygmy Puffs.
Meet Up With Friends and Schoolmates at Hogsmeade™
Once you’ve got all your supplies, take the Hogwarts™ Express to Hogsmeade™ to enjoy some fun before classes officially begin.
- Photo Ops in the Wizarding World
No wizard or witch can resist a back-to-school selfie. Dress up in your new school gear and pose for some photos at your favorite locations throughout Hogsmeade™. Share with all your friends on social media using the hashtag #BackToHogwarts.
- Fan Meet Ups
Meet up with fellow fans, friends, and schoolmates at Hogsmeade™. Last year’s events included a choose-your-own adventure photo scavenger hunt in Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™. Check back for more details on this year’s events.
- Dine at The Three Broomsticks
Celebrate your return back to the wizard world with dinner at Three Broomsticks, or indulge your sweet tooth with magical treats from Honeydukes, such as chocolate frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, or even Fizzing Whizbees.
- The Nighttime Lights at HogwartsTM Castle
End the night with a music and lights show by Hogwarts™ Castle. Watch from Hogsmeade™ as dazzling projections light up the castle, and don’t forget to show your house pride as each one is celebrated on the walls and towers of Hogwarts.
Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando Resort
Although autumn has arrived on Privet Drive and the rest of England, here in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ it is still balmy in September. Yet, this month is the ideal time to visit Universal Orlando Resort™ as you’ll experience fewer crowds, less intense heat, and shorter lines than during the summer. You won’t be needing your sweaters and jackets yet; pack your summer clothes instead, and don’t forget a poncho for rain.
A word to the wise: the park may be busy on Back to Hogwarts Day, so if you wish to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ with fewer crowds, plan your visit for later in September. Don’t worry – you’ll still be able to purchase all the essential school supplies and gifts at your favorite Wizarding World stores. The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle is available on select nights throughout the year, too.
Stay at Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
After your day of adventures at the Wizarding World, settle in for the night at Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando. Our spacious rooms are adored by muggles and wizards alike, and offer amenities including free Wi-Fi and HDTV with premium channels. You can even bring your pet with you (take a peek at our pet policy first). To book your stay in Orlando near Hogwarts, call us at 407-996-8585 or click the button at the top of the page.