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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
at Universal Studios Hollywood: A History!

On December 6, 2011, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Parks and Resorts announced that a Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be built at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. That's right in my neighborhood! It's scheduled to open on April 7, 2016. You can follow the progress of the Hollywood Wizarding World with me below.

~Jen (California, USA)

 

December 8, 2015: Universal announces opening date!

Universal announced that Universal Studios Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open on April 7, 2016!


December 6, 2015: Hollywood's Wizarding World appears ready for visitors.


12/06/2015 photo from californiacoasterkings.com


12/06/2015 photo from californiacoasterkings.com

September 15, 2015: Hogwarts has lost most of its scaffolding and the Flight of the Hippogriff track is visible.


9/15/2015 photo from insideuniversal.net

August 16, 2015: Hogwarts and Hogsmeade at sunset!


8/16/2015 photo by Jen at mydreamcametrue.com


8/16/2015 photo by Jen at mydreamcametrue.com

July 17, 2015: Hogwarts begins to emerge from the scaffolding


7/17/2015 photo from micechat.com


7/17/2015 photo from micechat.com

June 2, 2015: Universal announces opening date season!

Universal announced that Universal Studios Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in Spring 2016! The park will feature two rides: Flight of the Hippogriff and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (unlike the Orlando version, this Forbidden Journey will be in 3-D, and riders will wear Quidditch-inspired goggles).

May 2, 2015: A peek at Hogsmeade

A look over the construction wall provides an enchanting glimpse of Hollywood's Wizarding World!


5/2/2015 video still from YouTube

April 27, 2015: Hogwarts and Hogsmeade are taking shape

Snow-covered Hogsmeade appears ready to welcome its first guests and Hogwarts is unmistakable underneath the scaffolding!


4/27/2015 photo by Jen at mydreamcametrue.com


4/27/2015 photo by Jen at mydreamcametrue.com

February 27, 2015: Hogwarts skeleton and a glimpse of the Whomping Willow

The frame of Hogwarts castle is up. And, through an open door, a peek at the Whomping Willow??


2/27/2015 photo from micechat.com


2/27/2015 photo from micechat.com


2/27/2015 photo from micechat.com

November 17, 2014: Hogsmeade's skeleton

Someday this will be Hogsmeade!


11/17/2015 photo from westcoaster.net

April 9, 2014: Opening year for the Hollywood Wizarding World is set

With construction underway,  Universal Studios Hollywood announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in 2016! They reaffirmed that, like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort that opened in 2010, the iconic focal point of the Hollywood Wizarding World will be Hogwarts Castle. Other details, such as other attractions, were not announced.

April 23, 2013: Groundbreaking date for the Hollywood Wizarding World is set

NBCUniversal announced that they will be breaking ground on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood in late summer 2013! They stated that, like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, the centerpiece of the Hollywood Wizarding World will be Hogwarts Castle. Other details, such as other attractions and projected opening date, were not announced.

December 6, 2011: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Hollywood!

At Universal Studios Hollywood, members of the press watched as it was officially announced that a Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be added to the park. James and Oliver Phelps (the actors who played the Weasley twins) gave the official word that, "Hogwarts is coming to Hollywood!" The fact that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be expanding in Orlando was announced as well. The press event ended with a Butterbeer toast. Yum!


Photo from Hypable.com