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'Wizarding World Of Harry Potter' Coming To Universal Studios In 2016

An artist's rendering of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal Studios Hollywood (via Facebook)
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While we've been extremely envious that Universal Studios in Florida and Japan have Harry Potter attractions, we won't have to be bitter and sad anymore. Come spring 2016, Universal Studios Hollywood will be getting its very own "Wizarding World of Harry Potter."

Let your inner Potter nerd squeal. There will be a Hogwarts castle that will be the main attraction, with a brand new ride debuting in the U.S. called "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey." You'll don on 3D Quidditch-inspired goggles as you pretend to travel by floo powder through "memorable scenes alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione," according to Universal Studios Hollywood. Riders will spiral on a track, where they'll get to see a Quidditch match, and escape dragon attacks and the wrath of the Whomping Willow.

There will also be a "Flight of the Hippogriff" rollercoaster ride. Here's an artist's rendering of the ride:

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An artist's rendering of the Flight of the Hippogriff™ at Universal Studios Hollywood (via Facebook)
You'll also have the chance to go to Hogsmeade, and grab some butterbeer and food at Butterbeer carts, and eateries named Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head pub. And of course, with any theme park, you can grab some Potter memorabilia at their Joke Shop, Ollivanders (wands!) and sweets at Honeydukes.


Artist's rendering of Hogsmeade™ village at Universal Studios Hollywood (via Facebook)


Artist's rendering of Honeydukes™ sweets shop at Universal Studios Hollywood (via Facebook)
The real question is: which character are you going to dress up as when you visit the park?