Five Harry Potter Details in Universal’s Wizarding World that Only Book Fans Will Understand

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a dream come true. Between the incredible attractions, interactive magic, and tasty treats, you’ll truly feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of Harry Potter.

Hogwarts

Part of the reason this land is so immersive is the incredible details. There are tons of Easter eggs and nods to the characters, settings, creatures, food, and more. But some of these details will go over your head if you haven’t read the books — even if you’ve seen the movies. That’s right, book lovers: this post is for you!

We’re sharing our favorite details that only Harry Potter book fans will understand!

1. One-Eyed Witch

In the queue for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, you’ll be treated to a tour of Hogwarts! There are tons of amazing details from the Mirror of Erised to Dumbledore’s office. But this one will make a lot more sense if you’ve read the book!

One Eyed Witch

As you stroll the Hogwarts dungeons, you’ll pass a statue of a one-eyed witch with a hump. Remember in Prisoner of Azkaban when Fred and George give Harry the Maurauder’s Map? They specifically tell him to take the One-Eyed Witch passage which will take him straight to the Honeydukes Cellar. And there she is!

2. Professor … who?

Speaking of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, listen up and you’ll hear Hermione talk about a professor that NEVER appears in the movies.

Defense Against the Dark Arts

Hermione explains that they’re going to sneak you down to the Quidditch pitch to watch the game, as opposed to Professor Binns’ History of Magic Lecture.  That’s right — the entire plot of the ride is all around a teacher you’ve never heard of if you’ve never read the books.

3. Blast Ended Skrewts

On Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll encounter tons of creatures from the series such as Fluffy the three-headed dog, pixies, unicorns, and centaurs. But there’s one BIG one you may not recognize if you have only seen the films.

Watch out for the stinger.

It’s the blast-ended skrewt! Remember them from Goblet of Fire, when Hagrid makes his Care of Magical Creatures class raise these stingy monsters, only to be used in the Championship Maze?!

4. Celestina Warbeck

While in Diagon Alley, you may be treated to the musical stylings of Celestina Warbeck. But you may not realize (without the books, obviously) that she’s a legend from the Wizarding World and adored by Molly Weasley.

Celestina herself!

Celestina provides the soundtrack to Christmas at the Burrow in Book Six, which is one of my favorite holidays depicted because it’s nice whenever Harry gets a good family experience.

5. Strawberry & Peanut Butter Sundae

When you head into Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, you may be overwhelmed by how many delicious flavors there are! But one of them is a special — and for good reason!

YUM

The Chocolate Strawberry-Peanut Butter Sundae is billed as a featured dish (along with Butterbeer Ice Cream cause duh). But this is because it’s Harry’s favorite flavor! In HP3, he gets to spend two Dursley-free weeks in Diagon Alley, and he does his homework at Florean’s, who loves Harry and gives him free ice cream. Harry’s favorite flavor? Obviously strawberry-peanut butter! (Side note: it really is delicious. Highly recommend.)

Did you know all of these Harry Potter details in The Wizarding World? Share your favorite in the comments!

Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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6 Replies to “Five Harry Potter Details in Universal’s Wizarding World that Only Book Fans Will Understand”

  1. I guess I won’t be watching Adventures in Babysitting tonight because it says it’s not coming to Disney + until July. I watched the original Freaky Friday last night. I just keep looking till I find something good to watch. You know I must be really bored to keep writing all this. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

  2. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎When your this cool there out to get ya!!!!!!!!!!!(the Fonz). I am really bored right now. So I am just writing random stuff. Sorry. I think I will go watch the original adventures in babysitting on Disney+. Elizabeth Shue is really hot especially in 80s movies like The Karate Kid, Cocktail, and Back to the Future Parts 2 and 3. Part 2 came out in 89, but part 3 came out in 90. Which actually makes part 3 an early 90s movie. I am movie buff so I know useless movie stuff. Anyway sorry for boring you guys with all this. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

  3. I even get car sick easily so I probably would get sick on this ride. But maybe I will just have to bring a barf bag and ride it anyway. Thanks

  4. I really want to go to universal and see all the cool Harry Potter stuff. I am afraid that if I ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey that I will get really sick because I have really bad motion sickness. But I really wanna ride it. I also really wanna ride the Hogwarts Express, Escape from Gringotts, and Hagrids Motorbike Adventure. I heard that Wizarding World of Harry Potter is going to be expanded when the new Epic Universe park opens in 2025. This is going to be so awesome. I can’t wait till I finally get to come back to Universal and Disney.

    1. Brandon, I don’t think you have anything to worry about on Forbidden Journey. It’s not like riding in a car or flying in a plane where you are just sitting. The ride is so immersive that you will be so excited to be riding that you won’t even think about motion sickness! Hope you get to go soon!

    2. Yea, I dont think you have to worry. I just got back from Florida and the only Harry Potter ride I could go on was flight of the hippogriff and it was pretty tame. All the other Harry Potter rides were down and not working that day. I’m mad that I paid for admission to 2 parks and wasn’t told most of the rides I couldn’t go on. I also have bad motion sickness. Took 2 dramamine and was good to go for the day!