California Harry Potter World Opening Announced

Harry Potter fans in California and around the world have been patiently awaiting the announcement of when Universal Studios will be opening another Wizarding World of Harry Potter in their Hollywood park. Today, Universal broke its silence with a bang. In a video featuring some special Potterverse guests, the company revealed the Wizarding World Hollywood will officially open on April 7, 2016.

The short video above stars Alan Gilmore, art director of the Harry Potter film series, and Luna Lovegood herself—actress Evanna Lynch. The two take a stroll through the new Hogsmeade (which looks AWESOME, by the way) and an illuminated Hogwarts Castle. Announced features of the new Wizarding World include fully realized versions of these two settings and meet-and-greets with Hagrid’s Hippogriffs. 

Muggles who just can’t bear the five-month wait can get a taste of the fun through the Hollywood Wizarding World’s official website. In addition to regular updates on the park’s progress, fans can take a virtual tour of every magical touch it will hold. Have you booked your flight yet? Or will you be making the trip via broomstick?

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