Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter lets fans live out their childhood dreams of attending Hogwarts, and gives muggles, squibs, and aspiring witches and wizards a chance to escape the humdrum reality of the real world — if only for a little while. If you’re the kind of fan that loves to visit as often as possible, you may want to check out these extra unique and unusual things to do at Harry Potter World that will give your trip a little extra magic.
Taste Vomit & Earwax
Why You Need To Go: If you’ve ever tried a package of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Beans from Honeydukes, you know the absolute horrors of accidentally grabbing an earwax or even vomit-flavored one. Word to the wise: the red ones are not always cherry.
Buy A Monster Book
Why You Need To Go: The Monster Book of Monsters is an icon from both the books and movies and can be found at the Magical Menagerie in Diagon Alley. The book will actually snap at you if you try to open it but will calm down if you stroke its spine.
“Adopt” A Pygmy Puff & Have A Naming Ceremony For It
Why You Need To Go: When you adopt one of these adorable little purple and pink creatures from the Magical Menagerie, the staff ask questions to make sure you’re fit to adopt one, then a bell is rung to draw the attention of the entire store while the staff announces the new adoption. They will tell you all about the care and keeping of your new puff, and even give you an adoption card.
Talk To A Snake
Why You Need To Go: All kinds of adorable and strange creatures are found in the Magical Menagerie, not the least of which is a talking snake. If you’ve been wanting to practice your Parseltongue, speak to the snake in the window and see what kind of response you get.
Exchange Money At Gringotts And Talk To A Goblin
Why You Need To Go: Besides riding through the underground mines beneath the bank, you can also exchange real muggle money for “notes” that will buy things around the park. Try asking the goblin teller some questions and see what kind of mood he’s in that day.
Send A Howler From Hogsmeade
Why You Need To Go: While your letter may not scream at its recipient, it’s pretty darn cool to get a piece of mail marked from Hogsmeade. Visit the Owl Post and send your postcard with an official Hogsmeade stamp. The best part? It’s totally free!
The wizarding world just got a lot more magically mischievous!