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Our Magical Guide for Viewing Hogwarts Always at Hogwarts Castle Orlando

by Leap on June 29, 2024
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Be on the lookout for your owls because your Hogwarts acceptance letters are on the way! Hogwarts Always has officially debuted in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade at Universal Islands of Adventure. From gathering your supplies in Diagon Alley, taking a ride on the Hogwarts Express and getting sorted into your respective Hogwarts houses, this castle projection show takes visitors of Hogsmeade on a magical journey through a year at Hogwarts.

Hogwarts Always - Hogwarts Castle with Fireworks

Overview of Hogwarts Always

Hogwarts Always - Ravenclaw

Hogwarts Always is an enchanting experience that brings the magic of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to life through a dazzling display of lights, special effects and iconic music from the "Harry Potter" film series. The show tells the story of a year at Hogwarts. Before you begin your school year at Hogwarts, you must shop at some of the iconic shops in Diagon Alley. After you have your owls and supplies, you'll take the Hogwarts Express to the castle. Upon arrival, the Sorting Hat sorts students into their respective houses. Which Hogwarts house do you belong to? Represent your house with pride as a winner of the House Cup is announced at the end of the show. And the best part? The winner changes every time. Additionally, the show contains fun scenes including moments from The Forbidden Forest, the Marauder's Map, a Quidditch match and more. At the end of the show, Dumbledore reminds us that although we may all be different, magic brings us together as one. You will want to have your cameras ready for this moment!

Hogwarts Always - Hogwarts Express

Best Places to Watch Hogwarts Always

Hogwarts Always takes place intermittently throughout the evening from dusk until park close. The show is approximately 8 minutes long, so there will be plenty of opportunities to watch. Here are a few suggested viewing areas that we recommend:

The Main Plaza

This area directly in front of Hogwarts Castle offers a central and unobstructed view. It's where most guests gather to watch the show.

The Bridge to Jurassic Park

The bridge connecting Hogsmeade to Jurassic Park in Islands of Adventure provides a slightly elevated view of Hogwarts Castle. This vantage point can offer a different perspective of the projections.

The Owlery

This area near the entrance to Hogsmeade, adjacent to the Owl Post, can provide a quieter viewing spot with a direct view of the castle.

Pay attention to Universal team members as some of these areas may be for walking only.

Are you like me and just cannot wait to watch the show until your trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Check out the show in our video here:

Which house are you pulling for? Let us know in the comments down below!

Related: Our Illuminating Guide to the Nighttime Shows at Hogwarts Castle Orlando

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