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Guide to Diagon Alley in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida

July 8, 2022
Family walking around Diagon Alley with Dragon in the back

“Welcome, Harry, to Diagon Alley. Here’s where you get your quills and your ink, and over there all your bits and bobs for doing your wizardry.” — Rubeus Hagrid,Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Just like Diagon Alley was one of Harry Potter’s first glimpses of the Wizarding World, working the VIP Preview forThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon AlleyinUniversal Studios Floridawas one ofmyfirst experiences as a team member at Universal Orlando Resort. I’ll never forget the moment I first passed through the bricks and saw the iconic street all aglow!

There’s so much to see and do here, from the thrilling ride beneath Gringotts Wizarding Bank, to the Wizarding World’s most famous shops. You won’t want to miss a thing, so here’s everything you need to know.


Take it all in

Surprised Little Girl in the street in Diagon Alley


Journey deep underground onHarry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts

Inside the renowned goblin-run institution, you can go on an incredible thrill ride through the subterranean vaults. You’ll encounter Harry, Ron and Hermione, as well as more sinister characters. I’m generally a complete wimp when it comes to coasters (hence why I’m not a Gryffindor), but I can’t help but love this ride!

See a dragon breathe fire

Shot from below of Dragon Breathing Fire Diagon Alley

The first thing I noticed when I first entered Diagon Alley was the dragon atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank (it’s hard to miss a fire-breathing dragon). My favorite spots to watch it are in the middle of the street near Shutterbutton’s, right outside Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. It looks especially stunning at night.

“你真是一团糟,哈利,在翻倒巷鬼鬼祟祟。狡猾的地方。不想让人看到你在那里。” — Rubeus Hagrid,Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

If the Dark Arts are your thing, you’ll love wandering these dark corridors. Be sure to stop by the notorious Borgin and Burkes, home to powerful Dark Arts objects. In the courtyard around the corner from the shop, look for a bird in a cage in a window and use your Interactive Wand to see the magical effects on the bird. More on Borgin and Burkes and Interactive Wands below.

PRO TIP:翻倒巷是对角巷最酷的地方。太阳似乎永远不会照在这条黑暗的街道上,这意味着天气很好,很冷。这里是避暑的绝佳去处。

See a wand choose a wizard atOllivanders Wand Shop

Girl casting spell at Ollivanders in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

There is nothing more essential to a witch and wizard than their wand. Now’s your chance to witness the unforgettable moment when a wand chooses a wizard — it could even be you! Browse through unique wands, wand sets, character wands, and Interactive Wands — and check out ourGuide to Wands in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Cast spells withInteractive Wands

Witches Cast Spell with Interactive Wands in Diagon Alley

With a wave of your wand and the proper incantation, you can cast spells in over a dozen locations in Diagon Alley. Find the locations on the map that comes with your Interactive Wand purchase. Knockturn Alley spell-locations are illuminated on the sinister street.

PRO TIP:While you’re at it, embrace your inner Weasley twin and convince an unsuspecting friend to stand under the umbrella above the restroom entrance in Horizont Alley while you use your Interactive Wand to castMeteolojinx.And to make it up to them, I recommend trying your hand atIncendioto illuminate the dazzling Flimflam Lanterns near Knockturn Alley.

Sing along withCelestina Warbeck and the Banshees

As a singer myself, I love seeing a wizarding legend performing some of her greatest hits including “A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love” and “You Charmed The Heart Right Out Of Me.” If you watch close to the stage, you may even get picked to be a part of the show! During theHolidays at Universal, you can catch a fun, seasonal performance.

Get lost in the plot ofThe Tales of Beedle the Bard

You’re never too old for storytime! The Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts uses a trunk full of props and puppets to retell the famous wizarding fairytales:The Fountain of Fair FortuneandThe Tale of the Three Brothers.

PRO TIP:DownloadThe Official Universal Orlando Resort Appto see the latest showtimes and find out when you can catch a concert or a story.


Leaky Cauldron

Woman stands in the middle of Leaky Cauldron


PRO TIP:If you’re craving an adult beverage, the Wizarding World has exclusive Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale beers as well as Fire Whisky liquor, available at the Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot.

Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour

Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour

Fun fact: I was the very first person to ever purchase a souvenir ice-cream dish here (according to the team member I purchased it from). To this day, I display it proudly on my work desk as a reminder of the day I tried my first Butterbeer soft-serve AND in memory of the VIP Preview where I tried every flavor of hard-packed ice cream in one night (I’m very dedicated to my craft). Earl grey lavender topped with crystals is my favorite, tied with chocolate, naturally (if you’re also a chocolate fan, check out myChocolate Lover’s Guide to Chocolate Desserts at Universal Orlando Resort).

PRO TIP:You get two scoops with hard-packed ice cream, so I sometimes like to combine salted caramel blondie with apple crumble, so then you get a salted caramel apple crumble blondie.

The Fountain of Fair Fortune

Woman sipping Butterbeer Fountain of Fair Fortune

This place is bubbling with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. My favorite is the non-alcoholic fishy green ale, a creamy cinnamon and mint concoction with blueberry bubbles.

The Hopping Pot

I like to grab a Hot Butterbeer here on cooler days before catching Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. You can enjoy all the drinks mentioned above, as well as beef pasties, chips, and Butterbeer soft-serve.


Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Guest holding Pigmy Puff Weasleys Wizard Wheezes


PRO TIP:If you adopt a Pygmy Puff, the cashier can ring a bell and make an official adoption announcement.

Borgin and Burkes

This dark and dingy shop in Knockturn Alley is ideal for the purveyor of Dark Arts Objects, including Death Eater masks, accessories, possibly cursed jewelry, and other collectibles. Keep an eye out for notable nefarious items throughout the store.

Magical Menagerie

Woman holding magical creature Magical Menagerie Diagon Alley


Globus Mundi


Gringotts Money Exchange

Gringotts Money Exchange


Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions

Girl tries Robe Madam Malkins Diagon Alley

Admit it: you’ve always wanted to have a gown just like Hermione’s from the Yule Ball. This shop is the go-to for wizarding wear, including Hogwarts robes, ties, scarfs, sweaters, jewelry, and hats.

Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment

Rep your Hogwarts house with t-shirts, mugs, bags, and more, along with Ministry of Magic-themed merch.

Quality Quidditch Supplies

Quidditch fans, this store is for you! Shop for Golden Snitches, Bludgers, Quaffles, sweaters, brooms, and fan attire for the Holyhead Harpies and Chudley Cannons.


If you’ve ever wanted to create a moving portrait of your own, now’s your chance to act out 12 iconic scenes in Diagon Alley orHogsmeade. Then take your portrait home on a souvenir DVD.




Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop

Sugarplum's Sweetshop in Diagon Alley

This tongue-twister of a shop has all kinds of tasty treats, from caramel apples to cauldron cakes. My favorite is the tin of Bing Bong Ginger Snaps. If you’re on a quest to enjoy Butterbeer in all forms, try the Butterbeer Fudge.

Wands by Gregorovitch

Guest purchasing a wand at Wands by Gregorovitch




Girl in Knight Bus

Stop by theKnight Bus

Stranded witches or wizards can flag down the purple triple-decker bus for emergency transportation. Right now, it’s parked outside Diagon Alley. Chat with the conductor and then peek through the windows.

Board theHogwarts Express: King’s Cross Station

Unlike Harry Potter before his first year at Hogwarts, you know how to reach Platform 9 ¾: walk straight through a brick wall. Then ride the train to Hogsmeade Station to get to Hogwarts. En route you’ll encounter familiar faces and unexpected creatures.

You’ll need a Park-to-Park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express between Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Enjoy a traditional English snack


Wear your British pride

Shop at the London Taxi Hut Store for a variety of merch bearing the Union Jack, including t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, and keychains. My personal favorite is the teddy bear — I’ve always had a soft spot for stuffed animals (pun intended).


There’s more than meets the eye in Diagon Alley. Here are some of my favorite things I’ve discovered.

Woman sitting in front of the Daily Prophet

The Daily Prophet


12 Grimmauld Place

Do you know what happens if you knock on 12 Grimmauld Place in London? Stand outside long enough and you might catch sight of a familiar face in one of the windows.

The Phone Booth

If you pop inside the red phone booth in front of the record shop in London and follow the instructions inside, you’ll hear a mystery — or should I say Ministry — message.

Goblin Answers

I never pass up an opportunity to learn, especially from fellow magical beings.If you ask the Gringotts goblin in Gringotts Money Exchange a question, he’ll answer. If you’re feeling brave, ask “Are you a house-elf?”

Hidden Spell Locations

Try to find a couple of mystery Interactive Wand spell spots: one near a Ravenclaw haven and the other in Carkitt Market with a rather unpleasant aroma.

Magical Beasts

Look up toward the ceiling in Magical Menagerie and you can catch sight of cat-like Kneazle and other fantastical creatures.

Magic Mirror

Fair warning: if you stand in front of the mirror in Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, it can be a bit judgmental.

Parseltongue Practice

Think you may be descended from Salazar Slytherin himself?就在魔法动物园门口左边,你可以试着和商店橱窗里的一条住客蛇交谈,看看自己是否听懂了蛇佬腔。

Vanishing Cabinet

In the corner of Borgin and Burkes, you’ll find a Vanishing Cabinet fromHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.If you put your ear right up to it, you might hear what’s inside — at least for that moment!

Weasleys’ Wildfire Whiz-bangs

When you’re browsing through Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, look up at the ceiling to see their famed magical pyrotechnics.

I’m lucky enough to explore Diagon Alley on a regular basis, and every time I do, I notice something different and wonderful. What do you love most about Diagon Alley? Any hidden gems you’d add to the list?

Must be 21 years and older with valid photo identification to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Drink responsibly.

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