AAA reveals Wizarding World of Harry Potter “secrets” including wand selection, Gringott’s Bank, and Monster Book of Monsters

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The latest issue of AAA Going Places magazine includes a 2-page sneak peek at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park, revealing new details that will get any Potter fan excited.

Wondering how the wand selection process will work at Ollivander’s in Hogsmeade Village? There will be 13 different wands available and, according to to the article, “specific questions by the wandkeeper determine the correctness of your wand.” If the wrong wand is selected, “special effects” in the store will let you know.

Interested in learning to fly or finding out a little more about the dark arts? The Dervish and Banges shop will offer a Firebolt broomstick for sale and will also feature a Monster Book of Monsters “that growls and snarls at anyone who comes too close.” Also available will be “Quidditch supplies, Triwizard apparel, Spectrespecs, and Remembralls” along with “re-creations of Hogwart’s robes and scarves.”

Want to satisfy your sweet tooth? Honeydukes is the spot for you, featuring “licorice clippings, a candy that is dispensed in a very unique and unusual manner!” You’ll also find Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans and Chocolate Frogs, which each come with a collectible Wizarding World card.

And how will you afford all of these irresistible Wizarding World goodies A trip to “Gringott’s Bank and its ATM” should do the trick.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, the Wizarding World at Universal Orlando is truly going to be your home away from home. While the area may only contain one all-new ride, it seems like the shops and restaurants of Hogsmeade Village will be attractions unto themselves.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens on June 18, 2010.

Source: AAA Going Places (Pages 28-29)

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