I sent Christa Thompson, aka the Fairtytale Traveler, on a mission to photograph her favorite Harry Potter souvenirs at Hogsmeade Village in Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios (soon to be joined by Diagon Alley shops). Check out Christa’s fabulous photo finds below!
Note: If you can’t make it to the live shops, you can pretty much buy everything online here at the official Harry Potter shop
It’s understandable why muggle children don’t get very excited about back-to-school shopping. An afternoon spent in office supply stores searching for pencils and notebooks, followed by a trip to a department store for some “nice” pants and new shoes, all the while dreading the return of homework is enough to ruin anyone’s afternoon.
But imagine if you were a young wizard like Harry Potter, shopping for your first school year at Hogwarts. Instead of pens, you would shop for quills, inkwells, and a magic wand. You would skip the mall and those drab big box stores in favor of the charming cobblestone streets and thatched-roof shops of Hogsmeade village. The Wizarding World at Harry Potter Universal Studios has brought Harry Potter’s shopping experience at Hogsmeade to life by recreating a walkable replica of the adorable shopping village. Just like Harry Potter and friends, you too can wander the storybook village of Hogsmeade, browse the very same shops and even buy some of the same wizarding “supplies.”
The Best Harry Potter Souvenirs at Hogsmeade Village, Wizarding World Orlando
There is no one “gift shop” at Harry Potter’s Wizarding World– instead Hogsmeade village is made up of multiple separate shops, designed to reflect the actual independent shops portrayed in the Harry Potter books and movies. Most shopfronts in Hogsmeade village are real stores that you can actually walk into and shop. Other shopfronts are only facades (while you can’t actually shop at them, they are still fun to peek through the windows).
Here’s what to expect on your visit to the shops at Hogsmeade village (and a sneak peek at the new shops at Diagon Alley opening this summer):
Honeydukes– Harry Potter’s go-to spot for sweet treats
There were shelves upon shelves of the most succulent-looking sweets imaginable. Creamy chunks of nougat, shimmering pink squares of coconut ice, fat, honey-coloured toffees… there was a large barrel of Every Flavour Beans, and another of Fizzing Whizzbees, the levitating sherbet balls that Ron had mentioned…Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum…the strange, splintery Toothflossing Stringmints, tiny black Pepper Imps (‘breathe fire for your friends!’), Ice Mice (‘hear your teeth chatter and squeak!’), peppermint creams shaped like toads (‘hop realistically in the stomach!’) , fragile sugar-spun quills and exploding bonbons.
—Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I love that you can walk straight into Honeydukes and buy the very same sweets described so vividly in the Harry Potter books.
At Honeydukes, be on the lookout for favorite Harry Potter sweet souvenirs like Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, Chocolate Frogs (with wizard trading cards inside), Cauldron cakes, Fizzing Whizzbees, Acid pops, exploding bonbons, lemondrops, Chocolate Wands, Fudge Flies, Peppermint Toads, Candy Floss, Exploding Bonbons, Pepper Imps and more.
Hogsmeade Village’s Best Shops for Wizarding Supplies
After you have your fill of Harry Potter inspired sweets, hit the rest of the shops in Hogsmeade for “school supplies.”
Our Favorite Harry Potter Souvenir Finds at the Shops at Hogsmeade Village
Of course no quidditch competition is complete without the big prize– this Triwizard Cup with light-up stem. Another souvenir favorite– the Ireland Quidditch World Cup pin.
You’ll find other quidditch accessories like sweaters, Golden Snitches, Bludgers, Quaffles and these House crest banners, waved by Hogwarts students to cheer on their favorite house in the quidditch matches.
There are plenty of less spendy, wearable Hogwarts souvenirs– like this house tie and scarf (as modeled by the lovely fairytale traveler).
Smaller items like Harry Potter key chains, pins and magnets make great wallet-friendly souvenirs.
Want to get the kids off the computer? Inspire them with some Hogwarts stationary and journals from their favorite house.
And of course it’s impossible to leave Hogsmeade village without a wand. The wand selection here is enormous– you’ll find replica wands from all your favorite characters (good and evil). To read more about the interactive wands, hop over to Christa’s awesome post.
But our favorite plush toys were these adorable pygmy puffs– check out the tiny white feet peeking out from these furballs.
For any of these above products, buy online at the official Harry Potter shop.
Harry Potter Shop Facades Only– Don’t try to shop here!
These shopfronts, all based on actual stores from the Harry Potter series, are just empty facades, presumably added in to complete the look of a real shopping village.
New Shops at Diagon Alley– Coming Soon
- Borgin and Burkes – find all your “Dark Arts” Harry Potter goods here like those super creepy Death Eater masks.
- Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes a light-hearted shop focused on magic, jokes and novelty goods (perfect for the mischievous child or adult).
- Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions If you want to role play any of your favorite scenes you’ll find all the costumes here, from robes to school uniforms and full on costumes.
- Magical Menagerie, Stuffed animals (hippogriffs!)
- Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, “scientific” supplies like telescopes, binoculars, compasses, hour glasses and magnifying glasses.
- Quality Quidditch Supplies— bigger and better.
- Scribbulus “authentic” feather quills, inkwells, parchment paper, among other items.
- Expansion to Ollivander’s Wand Shop.
Not a shop, but also located right in Hogsmeade Village– Don’t miss the Hogwarts Express Train
When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens its Diagon Alley addition (slated for summer 2014) you can be among the first muggles to get your ticket to the 9 3/4 platform and board the Hogwarts Express train. The train, which is currently stationary, will actually run and connect different areas of the park. Update: read Christa’s tour of Diagon Alley here!
What are your favorite Harry Potter Wizarding World shops and souvenirs? Share in the comments below!
Want to see MORE Harry Potter Souvenirs? Read on about the great Harry Potter items you can find at the Harry Potter Gift Shop at Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station in London!
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Christa Thompson is the Senior Editor and Founder of The Fairytale Traveler, which combines a passion for travel with fairytales, folk legend, history and myth. Fairytale Travel is a creative, fantastic, and exciting approach to trip planning– a way to connect with your children and even your inner child by exploring the places that are the catalyst to the greatest stories ever told. [/box]
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