Harry Potter Theme Park Officially Opens

The long wait is finally over for fans of the best-selling book and top-grossing film series “Harry Potter.” The Wizarding World of Harry Potter officially opened to the public on Friday in Orlando, Florida, providing people a chance to experience how it is to live in Hogsmeade, the village of the famous boy wizard.

The theme park, which is located inside Universal Orlando Resort, features life-size replica of all things “Harry Potter,” including the popular butterbeer–a non-alcoholic beverage that tastes like a mix of butterscotch, cream soda, and Nilla wafer. The park also recreates the Hogwarts castle, complete with moving portraits of the school of wizardy’s four founders, namely Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin, and Rowena Ravenclaw.

The castle also features the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, where visitors are bombarded with vast visual effects, chief among them being a few inches away from the scary dementors. A variety of food and drinks, which had to be approved by “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling, are also served inside the park.