5 Things You Didn’t Know About Diagon Alley

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Diagon Alley

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Universal Studio’s Diagon Alley is loaded with nod to the Harry Potter books and movies, and it may be impossible to see them all in one visit. But we’ve compiled a list of 5 things to keep your eyes open for during your next (or your first!) visit to Universal’s newest addition to their wizarding world.

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1. The Makings of a Magic Wand

If you find yourself wandering by Ollivander’s Wand Shop in Diagon Alley, take a moment and peek into the windows along the street. You’ll see some of the magical components that make up a wand among the legendary wandmaker’s supplies. There are dragon heartstrings, unicorn hairs and phoenix feathers, just to name a few of the ingredients that went into some of the Harry Potter universe’s most well-known wands. Both Harry Potter and Voldemort have wands with phoenix feathers from the same bird, Ron Weasley’s wand contains a unicorn hair center, and both Hermione Granger and Professor McGonagall have dragon heartstring cores in their wands.
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2. The Museum of Muggle Curiosities

Unfortunately, we can’t actually enter the museum, but we can peek through it’s windows and see muggle items that fascinate witches and wizards. Simple technological items like radios, fans and lamps often leave residents of the magic world completely stumped!
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3. Self-Knitting Needles

You can find self-knitting needles in the window at Spindlewarp’s Wool Shop, busy knitting away all by themselves! Hermione Granger actually took advantage of these magical knitting needles to produce socks and hats for enslaved house elves. Once they go their hands on a hat or sock, they were free!
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4. Kreacher the House Elf

In the Harry Potter books and films, Kreacher is the house elf belonging to Black family who resides at 12 Grimmauld Place. Quite unfriendly at first, Kreacher becomes much kinder as the Harry Potter story progresses. Keep your eyes peeled, and in the London façade outside Diagon Alley, you’ll be able to see Kreacher come out from behind the window curtains to peek around from time to time.
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5. A Tribute to Jaws

The longtime fan-favorite Universal Studios ride, Jaws, was hauled away to make room for this year’s new Diagon Alley area. But in a show of respect to the little town of Amity, there are more than a few nods to the iconic Universal attraction. The London embankment outside the hidden entrance to Diagon Alley features a record store, and on the shelves you can see a record called “Here’s to Swimmin with Bow Legged Women,” a quote from Robert Shaw’s Quint character in the Jaws movies. Another nod can be found in the store windows of Mr. Mulpepper’s Apothecary. A shark’s jaw in a tribute to the giant fish that terrorized residents of Amity Island.
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Diagon Alley is one of the most detailed attraction Orlando has ever seen, so it only makes sense that more and more little secrets will be brought to light as time goes on!
Are there any things you’ve noticed that we might have missed? Let us know in the comments!
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