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Jen's Harry Potter Bucket List

    

 There are books and movies that you enjoy and forget, and there are those that stay with you forever.   J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, and the films that followed, captured my imagination and never let go.

 Below is my Harry Potter Bucket List, what I feel are the top Harry Potter-related things to do all over the world. I have personally done all of the items except those indicated with a *. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I hope this list helps you plan your next magical Harry Potter adventure!

Jen (California, USA)

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Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort
(opening date: June 18th, 2010)


Tour Hogwarts Castle (The "tour" is the queue for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride)
Take a wild ride through the world of Harry Potter on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (ride)
Get a photo taken with Hogwarts castle in the background
*Get chosen by a wand at Ollivanders wand shop (show)

Take a journey on Hogwarts Express (ride) (note: riders must have a Park-to-Park ticket)
See a “real” Hippogriff from the mild rollercoaster, Flight of the Hippogriff (ride)
Pose with a train conductor in front of the Hogwarts Express train
Have a frozen butterbeer at Hog’s Head Pub (restaurant)
Stroll through Hogsmeade after dark
Get attacked by the Monster Book of Monsters at Dervish and Banges (shop)
Try a chocolate frog
Look for shadows of house elves and owls during a meal at Three Broomsticks (restaurant)
See The Goblet of Fire and the Triwizard Cup in the queue for the Dragon Challenge ride
*Conquer the intense loop-the-loop roller coaster, Dragon Challenge (ride)
Mail a postcard at Owl Post (shop)
Hear Moaning Myrtle lament inside the restrooms

*Experience Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (holiday decorations and foods, and a projection light show on Hogwarts Castle)


Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
at Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort
(opening date: July 8, 2014)

Take a harrowing ride on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (ride)
*Get chosen by a wand at Ollivanders wand shop (show)
Take a journey on the Hogwarts Express (ride) (note: riders must have a Park-to-Park ticket)
*Dine in the Leaky Cauldron (restaurant)
Try Butterbeer ice cream at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour (restaurant)
Explore the shops of Knockturn Alley (shopping)
Check out the shops of Diagon Alley (shopping)

*Experience Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (holiday decorations and foods)


 *Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
at Universal Studios Japan
(opening date: July 15, 2014)

*Tour Hogwarts Castle (The "tour" is the queue for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride)
*Take a wild ride through the world of Harry Potter on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (ride)
*Get a photo taken with Hogwarts castle in the background
*Get chosen by a wand at Ollivanders wand shop (show)
*Dine at Three Broomsticks (restaurant)
*See a “real” Hippogriff from the mild rollercoaster, Flight of the Hippogriff (ride)


Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
at Universal Studios Hollywood
(opening date: April 7, 2016)


Tour Hogwarts Castle (The "tour" is the queue for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride)
Take a wild ride through the world of Harry Potter on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (ride)
*Get a photo taken with Hogwarts castle in the background
*Get chosen by a wand at Ollivanders wand shop (show)
Dine at Three Broomsticks (restaurant)
See a “real” Hippogriff from the mild rollercoaster, Flight of the Hippogriff (ride)
Watch The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (projection light show)
*Pose with a train conductor in front of the Hogwarts Express train
Have a frozen butterbeer at Hog’s Head Pub (restaurant)
Stroll through Hogsmeade after dark
Get attacked by the Monster Book of Monsters at Dervish and Banges (shop)
Try a chocolate frog
Mail a postcard at Owl Post (shop)
Hear Moaning Myrtle lament inside the restrooms
 

*See real Harry Potter movie sets at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
 

Stand face-to-face with costumes and props from Harry Potter movies at Harry Potter: The Exhibition
 

Go to London

*Visit Platform 9 ¾ at King's Cross Station (the actual filming location was between platforms 4 and 5)
*Stroll the original "Privet Drive" (AKA: Picket Post Close in the town of Bracknell)
*See the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre
*Tour Harry Potter filming locations
 

See the legendary John Williams conduct an orchestra playing music from the Harry Potter movies


Read every Harry Potter book by J.K. Rowling

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
8. The Tales of Beedle the Bard
9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
10. Quidditch Through the Ages
*11. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


See every Harry Potter movie 

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)


See the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)