Celebrate Back to Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter This September

August 24, 2018
Back to Hogwarts in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Attention all Gryffindors, Slytherins, Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs. Grab your robe, raise your wand and prepare to go Back to Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this September.

As every fan of the Harry Potter books and films knows, every September, young witches and wizards go back to school to start a new year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Beginning September 1, we want you to join us throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as we celebrate this special occasion.Come and revel in the wizarding wonders you love the most (mine happens to be my Monster Book of Monsters) with special activities in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

Here’s how you can join in on the fun and celebrate Back to Hogwarts:

1. Back to Hogwarts: A Social Media Fan Meet-Up

Celebration of Harry Potter,HP, Warner Brothers

On September 1, join fellow Wizarding World fans for the launch of Back to Hogwarts as you choose your own adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. UPDATE: All registrations for the Back to Hogwarts Social Media Fan Meet-Up have been filled.

2. Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt during Back to Hogwarts 2018

Throughout the month, we’re inviting you to join a photo scavenger hunt through the lands and share how The Wizarding World of Harry Potter comes to life with #BackToHogwarts. Want to join the fun? Starting September 2, pick up a Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt map at these following locations:

3. Group Photo Fridays

Best Wizarding World Costumes at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018

This is your chance to get that cool photo with your friends at your favorite places in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. . You can participate in photo meet-ups with fellow witches and wizards every Friday in September in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley – don’t forget to dress for the occasion in your best Back to Hogwarts wardrobe!

  • Friday, September 7:
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
    • Location: Hogwarts Express
    • Time: 2 PM EST
  • Friday, September 14:
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
    • Location: Triwizard Stage
    • Time: 12:45 PM EST
  • Friday, September 21:
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
    • Location: Carkitt Market Stage
    • Time: 12 PM EST
  • Friday, September 28:
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
    • Location: Knight Bus
    • Time: 2 PM EST

*Times and locations subject to change

4. Dress for Back to Hogwarts

Costumes at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018

Your Back to Hogwarts experience wouldn’t be complete without your house robe or favorite Wizarding World costume! We encourage you to dress up and show off your creativity with your favorite witches and wizards to celebrate Back to Hogwarts. Click here for a full list of costume guidelines.

5. And More!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Flight of the Hippogriff

This is the perfect time to enjoy everything The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer. Grab a Butterbeer (or several if you’re like me) with your fellow friends. Explore the shops of Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade in case you need additional school supplies for Back to Hogwarts – you can pick up some backpacks, stationery, apparel, and accessories to celebrate your Hogwarts house pride. Brave each lands’ thrilling attractions, including Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey with newly enhanced 4K-HD imagery projection. And don’t forget to see The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, which will run select nights in September. But remember, you never know what magical surprises await you during Back to Hogwarts…

Stay tuned to the blog for more information on Back to Hogwarts. See you in the Wizarding World – I’ll be wearing my Gryffindor robe, of course!

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  • Reply Solange Guerra Bueno August 24, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I wish I could go, but I live so far… in Brazil.It will be a dream if I get it once in my life.Thank you for the invitation.

  • Reply Michele Calabrese August 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    We will be there Sept 14 can’t wait.

  • Reply Linda August 24, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I live in South Florida with my 15 year old son. We had annual passes which recently expired. My son and I just finished watching every Harry Potter movie from start to finish. Hoping some day we can return to Universal Orlando, the best place on earth!

    • Reply Chana August 24, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      So true, Linda! I love Harry Potter series of movies and especially the books. There is so much that is left out of the movies that is in the books. I love all of Universal Studios, but Wizarding World of Harry Potter is THEE BESTEE BEST!

  • Reply Edward August 24, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    I intend to propose to my girlfriend here this weekend. This is perfect, we already intended to dress up.

    • Reply Healer Madam Bird August 25, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      Had the awesome and wonderful experience this past year of witnessing a young wizard propose to a sweet young witch in front of the Leaky Cauldron. She said yes and everyone (even the muggles) applauded. Wishing you all the best!

    • Reply Edward September 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      A couple of people tripped over my back leg as I was down on one knee and Missy was crouched down with me because she saw me kneel and wanted to see what I was kneeling down to look at in the Mirror Of Erised. “Me proposing to you.” I said. As it was what her heart desired most, she said “Yes!” to which the group of enlightened Chinese tourists began to clap.

  • Reply Brandy August 24, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    We will be there for September 1st!! Can’t wait!!

  • Reply Wanda Eaken August 25, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I would love to go to Harry Potter Hogwarts, but can’t afford it. It would be nice if Universal had a great discount for seniors.

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      Reply Social Media Team August 25, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Hi Wanda. We do have a variety of discounts and offers available on our website, you can check it out here:

      • Reply Di September 3, 2018 at 12:54 am

        $180.00 for one day two parks is still too high for Senor citizens who might not be able to do the rides. How do we know ahead? Do you have a none rider fee?

  • Reply Auror Rose August 25, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I’m comming in just over a week. Can’t wait to pop in again. UO is my happy place. :3

  • Reply Donald Carey August 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Registration is closed. Can we still participate in the scavenger hunt?

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      Reply Social Media Team August 25, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Donald! You definitely can. Keep checking back on the blog to see future updates about the scavenger hunt.

  • Reply MJ August 26, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Egads. All things that we already do: dress up and take a bunch of pictures. Give us something special, UO!

    • Reply Jeff September 12, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Right? And the official meet ups are on FRIDAYS in the middle of the day where most of us work. This is supposed to be some sort of half baked replacement for Celebration of Harry Potter, which they canceled for 2019. I’m quite disappointed.

  • Reply catherine Saurage August 28, 2018 at 11:59 am

    When will you have info on the scavenger hunt- we arrive this Friday through Monday- it is my sons bday and he is a HUGE fan!!!!
    Also is there a waiting list for the fan meet up adventure?
    Thanks so much

  • Reply Swim Mom August 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    We will be there at the end of the Sept for our first time and hope to enjoy some of the fun! Back to Hogwarts is coming at a perfect time!

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    Reply Social Media Team August 31, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Carrie, unfortunately our event has reached capacity.

    • Reply Carrie Rather August 31, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks .. please post lots of pictures!!!

  • Reply Sharron September 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    May we dress all day on Group Photo day or only at the 2pm time?

    Also, when will the Nighttime Lights dates and times be updated for the last two weeks in September?

    Thank you!

  • Reply KS September 11, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Can’t wait for my teenage son and I to go at the end of September. Is there anything I need to know? I would love to do the scavenger hunt. This is our first trip there and I want to make sure I don’t miss anything. #harrypotternerdsatheart

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