New Back to Hogwarts celebration coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

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It’s almost September, and that means it’s almost time for kids to head back to school. In the real world that means notebooks, new classes and early morning bus rides. In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter however, it means returning to Hogwarts for another year of witchcraft and wizardry.

You can step out of the real world and into the Wizarding World this September as Universal Orlando introduces their new month-long celebration event: Back to Hogwarts.

This new event will feature all kinds of celebrations.

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

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. Stay tuned to the blog for upcoming details on how to register. This is a limited, special event and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

2. Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt

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 in on the fun? Stay tuned to the blog for more details.

3. Group Photo Fridays

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

Of course, you can always celebrate Back to Hogwarts by dressing up in your house robes, enjoying a Butterbeer and braving Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in Islands of Adventure or Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts in Universal Studios Florida. And don’t forget to check out the breathtaking Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle each night.

All the excitement of Back to Hogwarts begins on September 1 and lasts through the entire month of September.

Will you be heading to Universal Orlando for Back to Hogwarts in September? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Linda

    Uh oh… What does this mean for the annual January Celebration of Harry Potter Weekend that is usually announced by now and selling packages? There hasn’t been word of that yet and we have heard it will not be held in 2019. Is this new month long celebration going to replace it?

  2. Omg! That’s me (with the camera bag on my back) and my friend in that picture in the scavenger hunt paragraph! 😀

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