Harry Potter is a cultural touchstone that’s destined to endure for generations to come. Author J.K. Rowling created a universe unlike any other with her book series, which grew darker and more complex with each subsequent entry. The novels wholly transported readers to a place that was joyful, fun, challenging, and dangerous, and that experience was adapted for the big screen with the Harry Potter film series, which immersed fans even further into the magical universe. With Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction at the Islands of Adventure in Orlando, fans were then treated to their first tangible, large-scale Harry Potter experience. That initial park opened in 2010, and now Universal is ready to present the new—and superior—expansion: Diagon Alley.
In anticipation of the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida on July 8th, Collider was recently invited for an extensive preview of what Diagon Alley has to offer. After the jump, I’ll walk you through some of the highlights of the new attraction, including a working Hogwarts Express, genuine magic wands, Knockturn Alley, wonderfully detailed shops, the glorious new Butterbeer ice cream, and much more. And if you missed my over 100 photos from the attraction, click here.