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The soda thing is so ridiculous. I can sorta understand it from a brand perspective, but just call it something else! Maybe they don't have a brand called Sprite but they have Mr Fizzly's Super Fantastic Lemon Lime Gay Wizard Bubble Drink or whatever ridiculous naming conventions they want to use to appease her.

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I like how they build a roller coaster in the same time it took them to built new lockers for Harry Potter.   

On Sunday I ventured out to the Universal Orlando Resort for a chance to see the new holiday offerings at the two parks. This year is a little different thanks to COVID-19, but Universal has still man

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I don't think it would be as much of an issue if the land was bigger and had a better capacity, but from the TR's so far it seems like the place just gets SLAMMED with limited entry. What is it going to be like when it opens for real? Or during the holidays?

Yeah, the size of the place alone makes me wanna avoid it for awhile until the hype dies a bit. It's like A huge new ride and a Harry Potter themed strip mall in miniature scale. At least that's what it seems like anyway.

 

 

Side note: The Simpsons got screwed. If you're gonna have Butterbeer, there needs to be a Flaming Moe.

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I don't think it would be as much of an issue if the land was bigger and had a better capacity, but from the TR's so far it seems like the place just gets SLAMMED with limited entry. What is it going to be like when it opens for real? Or during the holidays?

Yeah, the size of the place alone makes me wanna avoid it for awhile until the hype dies a bit. It's like A huge new ride and a Harry Potter themed strip mall in miniature scale. At least that's what it seems like anyway.

 

 

Side note: The Simpsons got screwed. If you're gonna have Butterbeer, there needs to be a Flaming Moe.

 

Or Squishees!

 

I can see the idea behind not having sodas in the WW, but from a logistical standpoint this makes absolutely no sense. Are they not going to serve Coke-branded bottled water either?

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The Wizarding World was open for most of the day yesterday (it closed at 6:00 pm) and today it was open to general guests and was still open when I left. The secondary entrance wall is now down completely allowing unlimited access from both sides to the area. Some new stages, lighting rigs, videography kits and more have been set up in anticipation of the grand opening next week. Sorry for the lack of photos, but I didn't bring my camera with me today. I'll be back on Sunday to take some more.

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I just got back from my first soft opening visit of the WWoHP. Not really too much to add, but here are some details I noticed that I haven't seen mentioned before:

 

- In Hogsmeade, the right shop window on the 2nd floor of "instrument building" (the name has escaped me) has a paper vortex that goes off about every 10 minutes. Paper flies all over the window in vertical circles (I have no idea what this is in reference to).

 

- In HPatFJ, inside the defense against the dark arts room portion of the queue (where Ron, Hermoine, and Harry are) they do a spell that makes it snow all over the queue. You really can't see where the snow is coming from and the effect is done very well.

 

-As far as the actual ride is concerned, I LOVED it! I got 4 rides in today and I didn't have to wait more than 15 minutes. The queue is as superb as everyone says. IMO it truly is a revolutionary attraction. After reading reviews and seeing the poorly shot video I was worried it wouldn't meet my expectations... but it really did! The video screens are amazing in the fact that they completely surround you so and you cannot see anything else (unlike Soarin when you look down or to the sides). The rides movements are fluid, the animatronics are great (it is amazing how close you get, and the dementors are actually kind of scary) the transitions could be better but I'm not complaining. The dementor sucking your soul effect is pretty cool too! My only complaint with the ride is that the story really is hard to follow at first. the first time I rode, I recognized everything but I had no idea what was going on... The more I rode the more I enjoyed the ride and got the story.

 

Overall I think that HPatFJ is one of the best attractions I have ever been on!

 

9 out of 10

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This is the official Universal Orlando HHN XX: Twenty Years of Fear thread!

 

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS XX: A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS

 

For 19 Years, Something Has Been In Control -

And This Year, We Learn What It Is

 

All New Experiences Mark the 20th Year of the Nation's

Best, Most Intense, Halloween Event

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 26, 2010) - There is more to paralyzing fear than a scream in the darkness or a cool breath on the back of the neck. Or the grip of the undead.

 

Fear that truly consumes us comes from deep inside our souls, stirred by something we don't always understand and rarely have the chance to confront. Until now.

 

Halloween Horror Nights XX is about Fear himself. He is the Master of everything Halloween Horror Nights has ever been and will become. His weapons: Chaos, Death, Sacrifice, Mythos, Vengeance. His pawns: a clown, a storyteller, a caretaker, a director, an usher...and you.

 

For 24 nights beginning September 24 and running through October 31, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort will reveal Fear as he has never been seen or experienced before. Fear and what he has created have horrified people for 19 years. And this year, he will be more real than ever.

 

"Everything we have done for the past 19 years, everything we have learned, leads to this moment," said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. "This year's Halloween Horror Nights is not about the past. It is about the future."

 

Halloween Horror Nights XX is not an anniversary event. There may be glimpses of the familiar, but those glimpses may not look the same as guests remember. And the familiar will quickly give way to the new.

 

This year, Halloween Horror Nights will feature eight all-new haunted houses, new scarezones and

live shows. And everything Fear touches will never be the same.

 

For a detailed listing of each haunted house, scarezone and show featured at this year's event, see below.

 

Halloween Horror Nights runs September 24-25, September 30-October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 20-24 and 27-31. Advance tickets are now on sale for $74.99 plus tax. For tickets and event information, visit http://www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Due to the event's popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased well in advance.

 

Daily updates and exclusive details on Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights are also available on the event's official Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/halloweenhorrornightsorlando or search on Facebook for "Universal's Halloween Horror Nights - Orlando OFFICIAL."

 

 

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS XX: AN OVERVIEW

EIGHT ALL-NEW HORRIFYING HAUNTED HOUSES

 

Horror Nights: The Hallow'd Past - Halloween Horror Nights. The name brings with it millions of tales, each filled with thousands of screams. Now, you have the opportunity to travel into a realm where Horror Nights isn't just an event, but a reality.

 

The Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes - Ashes to ashes, forever now dust. For years she has existed in the shadows, never getting her due. Misunderstood by all around her, she has had enough of her playthings at the Good Harvest Orphanage - now is the time for vengeance. This burned out shell contains the souls of the forgotten and the lost who all scream one name: Cindy.

 

Hades: The Gates of Ruin - Hades bids you welcome. Make your way into the Underworld, and come face to face with the most terrifying creatures of legend as you cross through the Gates of Ruin.

 

Psychoscarepy: Echoes of Shadybrook - The truth, as they say, is far stranger than fiction, and in this instance they happen to be correct. Although Shadybrook's doors have indeed been closed for the last 15 years, the place is still very much alive with all of the criminally insane souls that have ever walked its halls.

 

Havoc: Dogs of War - Ten years ago, the Shadowcreek Enterprise was tasked with developing an elite corp of soldiers. They succeeded. Through an inhalant that includes a compound of testosterone, adrenaline, and other anesthetics, Shadow Creek's latest run of volunteer test subjects are ready for inspection. The project name: HAVOC. The subjects are known simply as the Dogs of War.

 

Catacombs: Black Death Rising - During a plague of Paris and Marseilles in 1534, thousands died due to an undisclosed viral outbreak. A group of doctors took it upon themselves to quarantine the most infected citizens of the city. They had no way of knowing that the townspeople would betray them, sealing them into their doom. They have been unable to escape for almost five hundred years. Now that the dead inside have found a way out, they are rising to take their centuries old vengeance on any living being that dares to enter the Catacombs.

 

Zombiegeddon - The United States government has re-taken the continental United States, and is actively engaged in clearing the remaining infested pockets of Canada. The government also licenses and sanctions private companies to capture "un-live" subjects and use them as practical targets during these training sessions. Dozens of independent training consultant "companies" spring up, promising the best training that money can buy...and then there's ZAP...The Zombie Awareness Program.

 

Legendary Truth: The Wyandot Estate - The Spirit Seekers have come up with a machine that actually gathers spirits toward it. The group has decided to do a live broadcast from inside one of the most reportedly "haunted" sites in the entire United States, The Wyandot Estate, built in the 1920's in Carey, Ohio by the entrepreneur Malcolm Wyandot and his wife Lydia. The house has been rumored to be haunted since Malcolm brutally killed 13 dinner guests and his wife Lydia before committing suicide on October 30, 1929. The team is about to get more than they bargained for as the murdered hear their call and answer with terrible violence.

 

 

SIX INESCAPABLE SCAREZONES

 

HHN: 20 Years of Fear - Step into the shadows of the last Twenty Years of Fear. Move toward the lantern, and encounter the most frightening characters of Halloween Horror Nights past.

 

Fear Revealed - The souls of Chaos, Death, Sacrifice, Mythos and Vengeance - He created them and gave them terror. Each with a part to play, they fulfilled their tasks. Their malice provided him bone, their rage gave him blood, and their terror fulfilled his soul. What has been 19 cycles for some have been eons for him. He's waited patiently for the final piece, and now on the 20th cycle... HE IS REVEALED.

 

Zombie Gras - This Mardi Gras parade has gone severely off course. Infected by the North American zombie infestation, the undead walk among us, searching for their next meal...

 

Esqueleto Muerte - Revel in the seductive taunts of Death as you wind through a glowing skeletal nightmare.

 

Saws 'n Steam - Enormous trenches in the earth's crust have opened below its vast oceans, exposing them to intense heat. Steam power is essential to the inhabitants of New Yorkshire, but diminishing oceans have put the city in jeopardy, forcing the citizens to evil lengths. Beware upon entering the city, as the water in your body is now a coveted resource. And the citizens will stop at nothing to get it.

 

The Coven - The Cult of the Raven has unsettled spirits, and its Sirens are screaming throughout the witches' realm. As you creep past their obelisk, beware their spells. For those who don't believe will be condemned to death.

 

 

TWO OUTRAGEOUS LIVE SHOWS

 

Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure - Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.

 

Brian Brushwood: Menace and Malice - Experience two realms of bizarre magic by one of the country's most outrageous illusionists.

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This makes me sad as Im not going this year but happy because I can deal with missing a reunion year!

Weird that they are expecting to sell out weeknights so soon though, you can always get hold of those tickets on the day...

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^ Tickets went on sale last year on June 25th, and I thought 2008 was also right around the same time. I don't think tickets going on sale this year is much earlier than in previous years.

 

--Robb

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Harry who?

 

I'm tossing up whether to go Thursday 9/30 and Fri 10/1 or sunday 10/3 and thursday 10/7. In any case I'll wait to see what the express pass options are like, is the RIP tour worth it? The resorts have got some excellent deals before 10/8.

 

In the mix is whether to do Hollywood HHN on the first night, the only issue is if I can get a Front of Line before they sell out.

 

I loved my first taste of HHN last year so I'm looking forward to this.

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Just thought I'd share this pretty impressive (and helpful) guide for the non-Potter fans.

 

http://attractionsmagazine.com/blog/2010/06/16/potter-lingo-and-lore-youll-want-to-know-before-visiting-the-wizarding-world/

 

Dervish and Banges

 

What is it?

Dervish and Banges is a magical supplies and equipment shop. Here, visitors can take home their own Triwizard apparel, Hogwarts student robes, Goblet of Fire and Triwizard Cup replicas, Quidditch equipment and even a Golden Snitch.

 

Look for…

A floating Nimbus Two Thousand. A window display featuring “Great Moments in Triwizard History.” A copy of The Monster Book of Monsters.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

Ron suggests that Harry should get his Sneakoscope checked at Dervish

and Banges in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the series.

 

Dragon Challenge

 

What is it?

On Dragon Challenge, guests may choose between the Hungarian Horntail and the Chinese Fireball dragons as they embark on one of two dueling roller coasters. The “dragons” twist, loop and narrowly miss each other in this epic adventure.

 

Look for…

Guests step through a gothic archway as they begin their journey. The queue, flanked by Triwizard Tournament flags and banners, fills with triumphant music as guests come through the champions tent and get a glimpse of the iconic Goblet of Fire and Triwizard Cup. Guests then proceed through dark corridors, tunnels and caves. Guests may even hear dragons in the distance in advance of the upcoming task.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

Inspired by the first task of the Triwizard Tournament, featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth film in the series.

 

Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods

 

What is it?

This shop includes an assortment of items for guests to purchase – from fiber optic brooms and house crest banners to Ministry of Magic mugs.

 

Look for…

The infamous Marauder’s Map, lying partially open so guests can see footsteps traveling in different directions along the castle corridors.

Up in the stone arched ceilings, guests can see confiscated objects from over the years.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

Argus Filch is the caretaker of Hogwarts. He and his cat, Mrs. Norris, patrol the castle corridors trying to catch students breaking the rules. He first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, the first film in the series.

 

Flight of the Hippogriff

 

What is it?

As visitors pass his hut, Hagrid instructs them on how to properly approach a Hippogriff. Once Hagrid’s lesson is complete, guests climb into a wicker Hippogriff to go on a training flight and begin their ride on the family-friendly, whimsical roller coaster.

 

Look for…

Guests enter the Care of Magical Creatures grounds, where sounds of fantastic beasts can be heard in the distance. The winding path leads visitors through Hagrid’s pumpkin patch and past Hagrid’s Hut, where Fang’s booming barks and occasional wails emanate from within.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

Hogwarts students first learn about and meet a Hippogriff in Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class in Harry Potter in the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the series.

 

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

 

What is it?

Guests travel through the Floo network on this new ride and begin the adventure as they soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more.

 

Look for…

Guests enter through the gates of Hogwarts, which are guarded by two winged boars. Inside the immense Hogwart’s castle are elaborate passageways and corridors. Within the hallways of Hogwarts, guests find enchanted wizard portraits hanging on the walls – including those of the four Hogwarts founders.

In Dumbledore’s office, the Headmaster welcomes guests and invites them to hear a lecture about the history of the school. However, once guests have moved on to the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, Harry, Ron and Hermione entice the visitors to join them instead. Just past the Gryffindor common room, guests encounter the Sorting Hat, then enter the Room of Requirement to take their seats on enchanted benches and begin their Forbidden Journey.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

Many elements of this attraction, including the castle, are all featured throughout the Harry Potter books and films.

 

Honeydukes

 

What is it?

Guests are transported into a world of Candyfloss, Pepper Imps and Sugar Quills. Guests can fill up a bag with the unique-tasting Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans – from the pleasant Pear, Marshmallow and Watermelon flavours, to the unexpected Fish, Pepper and Sausage. Guests can also collect the exclusive wizard cards (all four of the Hogwarts founders), with the purchase of delectable Chocolate Frogs. The shop also features Fizzing Whizzbees to tickle the tongue and Tooth Splintering Strong Mints.

 

Look for…

The “Eyeball Bonanza” animated skeleton sweet machine and “Clippy’s Clip Joint” liquorice hair cutting machine.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

Fans will know Honeydukes Sweetshop from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the series.

 

Ollivanders

 

What is it?

Ollivanders wand shop gives guests the opportunity to experience the wand choosing them during a show; however, visitors are also able to purchase Hero Wands (replica wands of those owned by Harry and his friends), collectible wand sets and “practice” wands for younger wizards.

 

Look for…

Asymmetrical shelves line the walls and wand boxes are stacked from floor to ceiling. Look for different happenings for different shows.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

Hagrid takes Harry to Ollivanders to get his very first wand, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone, the first film and book in the series.

 

Owl Post

 

What is it?

Guests can mail postcards or letters to friends and relatives from the Owl Post. This special mail receives the official Hogsmeade postmark, and visitors can even buy a unique Wizarding World licensed postage stamp.

 

Look for…

Guests can find some owls inside the Owl Post, and others outside in the adjacent Owlery. A display window just outside the Owl Post features a Howler, which guests can hear just before the magical letter shreds itself into tiny pieces.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

The Owl Post is referred to in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (the third book in the series)

 

Owlery

 

What is it?

A place where guests can rest on shaded benches.

 

Look for…

Gaze up at the owls in the timber rafters above. Barn owls, majestic Great Horned owls and tiny Scops owls hoot and click, turn their heads, ruffle their feathers and flutter lazily as they rest between their postal deliveries.

The grand Owlery clock tower strikes the time every 15 minutes as a beautiful wooden owl flies out of the top of this impressive structure and hoots.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

The Owlery is first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone (the first book in the series).

 

Three Broomsticks

 

What is it?

An enticing menu in this restaurant includes shepherd’s pie, Cornish pasties and roasted potatoes. Families can share in the Great Feast – with an assortment of food for all to enjoy. And for dessert, guests can indulge on delightful treats including freshly baked apple pie, chocolate trifle and strawberry and peanut-butter ice-cream.

 

Look for...

It’s full of rustic wooden benches and tables situated below an impressive vaulted ceiling, featuring an elaborate lattice of heavy wooden beams. Guests can order butterbeer and pumpkin juice and if they glance around the restaurant, they may see signs of magical happenings.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

The Three Broomsticks was where Harry first learned that Sirius Black is his godfather.

 

Hog’s Head Pub

 

What is it?

Flickering lanterns and a long wooden bar where you can purchase Hog’s Head Brew, butterbeer and other spirits.

 

Look for…

A large hog’s head is mounted on the wall behind the bar and comes to life as it looks from side to side, blinks its eyes, puffs its jowls and growls at guests.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

Hermione Granger chose the Hog’s Head pub as the first meeting place of what was to become Dumbledore’s Army.

 

Zonko’s

 

What is it?

Zonko’s is a joke shop where guests can purchase novelty items, magical tricks, jokes and toys. They can find Sneakoscopes, Screaming Yo-yos, Extendable Ears, Pygmy Puffs, Shrunken Heads and Fanged Flyers.

 

Look for…

From the main entrance door through the shop itself, visitors should be aware because they never know what they’ll encounter.

One of the windows at Zonko’s features a magical wizard chess display, where the Queen swings her sword and the Knight collapses. Next to the chessboard, Dr. Filibuster’s Fabulous No-Heat, Wet-Start Fireworks are displayed.

 

Book/Film Inspiration

Ron Weasley first encounters Zonko’s on a Hogsmeade outing in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the series. Fred and George Weasley thought about buying the store and turning it into a Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes outlet in the fiction.

 

Key Terms

 

Bludger: A bewitched, round, black ball used in Quidditch that rockets around the pitch trying to knock players off their brooms. Each team’s Beaters try to defend their teammates from Bludgers with bats, and redirect the Bludgers toward the opposing side.

 

Butterbeer: A frothy drink, reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch, served in Hogsmeade.

 

Candyfloss: A form of spun sugar, in pink and green.

 

Cauldron Cake: A rich, moist, chocolate chip muffin baked in a half-dome shape, half- dipped in chocolate and topped with whipped topping; garnished with a handle of semi-sweet chocolate.

 

Chinese Fireball: One of four dragons guarding a golden egg in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. Viktor Krum (from the Durmstrang Institute) had to retrieve his golden egg from a Chinese Fireball.

 

Chocolate Frogs: Wizard confectionary that contains collector’s cards of famous witches and wizards.

 

Cornish Pasties: Flaky pastry pies with minced beef, vegetables and potatoes.

 

Exploding Bonbons: Wizard sweets available from Honeydukes in Hogsmeade.

 

Extendable Ear: Long flesh-colored strings with ears on the end that allow the user to eavesdrop on conversations from a distance; invented by Fred and George Weasley.

 

Fang: Rubeus Hagrid’s beloved pet boarhound.

 

Fizzing Whizzbees: Wizarding sweets; sherbet balls that make you levitate several feet in the air when you eat them.

 

Floo Network: A method of transportation in the Wizarding World, governed by the Department of Magical Transportation and overseen by the Floo Network Authority; to access the network, a person must toss a handful of Floo powder into a fireplace, walk into the green fire, and declare the desired destination.

 

Goblet of Fire: Large wooden cup full of flames, used as an impartial selector for the contenders in the Triwizard Tournament.

 

Golden Snitch: A small, enchanted golden ball with silver wings that flies around the Quidditch pitch during a match; the Seeker of either team tries to catch the Snitch (worth 150 points) to end the game.

 

Great Feast: A fresh garden salad and a combination of BBQ Chicken, BBQ Ribs, corn on the cob, and fresh seasonal vegetables or roasted potatoes for families to enjoy

 

Gryffindor Common Room: A circular room full of armchairs and tables where Gryffindor students study and relax.

 

Hippogriff: A magical creature that has the front legs, wings and head of a giant eagle and the body, hind legs and tail of a horse. Hippogriffs are proud creatures and an individual must bow to them and wait for them to bow in return before approaching.

 

Hogwarts Founders: The founders of each Hogwarts house – Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff.

 

Hungarian Horntail: Considered to be the most dangerous dragon breed; was one of four dragons guarding golden eggs in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. Harry had to retrieve his golden egg from a Hungarian Horntail.

 

Marauder’s Map: A magical parchment that reveals all of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and identifies anyone in the castle grounds as they move around. To view the map, one must tap it with a wand and recite, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good;” to hide the contents of the map, one must again tap it and recite, “Mischief managed.”

 

Ministry of Magic: The governing body of the Wizarding World whose primary objective is to keep the Muggle world from learning about witches and wizards.

 

The Monster Book of Monsters: A large textbook used in the Care of Magical Creatures class (required reading for third years); the book tries to attack anyone who attempts to open it and the only way to subdue the book is to stroke its spine, upon which it opens gently.

 

Muggle: A non-magical person.

 

Night Bus: The 21-foot, triple-decker that picks up stranded wizards.

 

Nimbus Two Thousand: Flying broom; Harry Potter received one from Professor McGonagall when he joined the Gryffindor Quidditch team as a Seeker.

 

Pepper Imps: Wizarding sweets available from Honeydukes in Hogsmeade; make you smoke at the mouth.

 

Pygmy Puffs: A small, fluffy, magical creature; Fred and George Weasley breed and sell them in their joke shop.

 

Quaffle: A red ball used as the main object of play in Quidditch; each team’s Chasers try to pass the Quaffle through goal hoops to score points.

 

Room of Requirement: This room only appears when people need to use it and is always equipped for the seeker’s needs.

 

Sneakoscope: A spinning, glass top; it lights up, spins, and whistles if there is someone untrustworthy around.

 

Sorting Hat: The magical hat that decides which house students shall be in while at Hogwarts.

 

Spectrespecs: Large, colorful glasses that were given away free in issues of The Quibbler.

 

Sugar Quills: A lollipop in the shape of a feather quill

 

Treacle Fudge: Smooth, creamy light fudge made from white chocolate, laced with molasses and plump raisins.

 

Triwizard Cup: A trophy for the champion of the Triwizard Tournament.

 

Triwizard Tournament: A competition between the three largest European schools of witchcraft and wizardry: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute. Each school selects a champion, and the champions compete in three magical tasks; champions compete for the glory of their school and a thousand Galleons personal prize money

 

Whomping Willow: A large tree on the Hogwarts grounds that, when provoked, starts thrashing its long, willowy branches.

 

Wizard Chess: The magical variant of the classic board game in which the pieces move of their own accord when commanded by the player; when a piece is taken, it is destroyed by the attacking piece.

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Boy, they really spent a ton of money on that. Pretty impressive for an opening.

 

 

I agree! Im surprised that a majority of the movies' stars showed up. The fireworks show was something else, I really liked the projections on the walls of the castle.

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