Harry Potter fans can soon ride Hogwarts Express

An artist’s rendering, released by Universal Orlando, shows the new Harry Potter area called Diagon Alley.— Photo: AP

An artist’s rendering, released by Universal Orlando, shows the new Harry Potter area called Diagon Alley.— Photo: AP

The new Harry Potter-themed area opening at Universal Orlando Resort this summer will allow fans to ride the Hogwarts Express train and experience the British countryside just as the characters did in the book and movie series. Guests will appear to magically pass through a brick wall and board a train with steam and a whistle, according to a Friday news release from Universal Orlando Resort.

Riders will have two experiences, one on the way to the new London-themed area at Universal Studios Park and another on the way to the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. During the ride, characters and magical creatures from the book will be spotted. Among them — Hagrid on a flying motorbike, the Weasley twins on brooms, and the Knight Bus in London traffic. — AP



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