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Inside Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal OrlandoThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure is by far one of the most exciting attractions in all of Orlando. From Hogwarts Castle to the many shops of Hogsmeade and even the butterbeer, guests to the themed area get the rare chance to experience all of the mystery and magic Harry and his friends did in the popular books and film series, including riding through the Forbidden Forest on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Since its debut in June 2010, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has drawn large crowds of fans interested in being transported to the worlds created in the film series. A big appeal to the ride has been the queuing area, which travels through a recreation of Hogwarts Castle where muggles get the chance to walk through familiar classrooms and areas such as Dumbledore’s office, the Defense Against the Dar Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, the Room of Requirement and more. After roaming through Hogwarts Castle, guests will board an “enchanted bench” inside the Room of Requirement, which lifts off the ground and through Floo Network for an unforgettable journey with Harry Potter.

Once in the air, the ride officially begins as Hermione Granger douses riders with Floo Powder and asks them to say “Observatory” in order to be successfully transported to their destination. The next thing you know, you and your “enchanted bench” fly through the Floo Network, to the Astronomy Tower and out of the Astronomy Tower’s fireplace into the Observatory itself. Eventually you fly out of one of the Observatory’s arches and join Harry and Ron Weasley for a trip around Hogwarts’ building and towers to their Quidditch match. After flying through the match, you’ll run into Hagrid and his pet Hungarian Horntail Dragon, who begins to chase you through the forest. Once in the Forbidden Forest, riders will encounter a number of evil creatures from the films including Aragog, Whomping Willow and even Dementors, who chase you throughout the forest and Hogwarts Castle. Harry eventually uses a Patronus charm to get rid of the Dementors and you safely return to Room of Requirement after flying through the Main Hall and Grand Staircase where everybody is cheering you on.

With all of that excitement and the ability to make guests feel like they are actually fighting evil alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione, it is no wonder Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has been a favorite attraction ever since it opened.

For your chance to take a forbidden journey with Harry look for discounted Islands of Adventure tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.