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∼Toadally∼ Cool Wizarding World of Harry Potter Spells at Universal Studios Hollywood

by Tad on February 20, 2024
2 Los Angeles

So you think you can do magic? After reading the Harry Potter books and seeing the movies, I could not wait to get my own wand and do some magic at Universal Studios Hollywood. In Harry Potter’s world, there are magical folk — who use wands to cast spells — and there are muggles. Muggles are nonmagical folk like most of us. Occasionally, you have a squib. A squib is a person who is born into a magical family but does not possess magical powers.

But even if you are a muggle or squib with no magical skills, you can still do magic in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. All you need is an interactive wand and a little practice! Here’s a look at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter spells and how to cast them. Hop over to our main Wizarding World guide for more information on this land.

Our Muggle Guide to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Spells

First off, you’ll need an interactive wand to do magic. You can purchase a wand in a couple of places. I cover those details in my guide to choosing a Wand in The Wizarding World in Hollywood. Your wand comes with a map of Hogsmeade at Universal Studios Hollywood. The map shows you the location of spells, the verbal part of the spell (mostly in Latin) and the movement of your wand. You’ll see bronze medallions on the ground at each spell location, showing you where to stand and point, what to say and how to move your wand. (The wands also work at Universal Orlando Resort.) You can request a free map when you visit a different park or if you lose your map. There are a couple of spells that do not appear on the map, but don't worry: I will get into those later.

∼Toadally∼ Cool Wizarding World of Harry Potter Spells - Map

You might find that you need a bit of practice. When you cast your spell, hold your wand low, with the tip slightly raised. Adults should hold the wand low at the waist or hip height (think tadpole height). Some movements need to be very small ... a little “swish and flick.” No large, full-arm movements are necessary here and no need “to take someone’s eye out” (Harry Potter fans might recognize the quotes!).

∼Toadally∼ Cool Wizarding World of Harry Potter Spells - Medallion

If you are having trouble and are feeling particularly muggle-ish or squib-ish and are unable to make your spells work, take your wand into the shop for an inspection. I was really struggling with my wand, having it do magic when I did not want it to and not doing magic when I tried to cast spells. I hopped into Ollivanders for a wand inspection. They took it in back and brought it back repaired. Evidently, its sensor was scratched. Note to self: Do not drop the wand again. What a relief that the problem was the wand and not me!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Spells and Tips

∼Toadally∼ Cool Wizarding World of Harry Potter Spells at Universal Studios Hollywood - wizarding equipment spell

Let’s follow the map and go over some of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter spells. Many, but not all, take place in shop windows. I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimum unless clarification can help you figure out where to focus your wand or what you are actually trying to do. (It’s not always clear.) Many spell locations have witches and wizards hoppy to assist you and provide tips. Always look for the medallion on the ground for direction, spell and movement! There are 15 spells and 13 locations. Two locations have two different spells available.

∼Toadally∼ Cool Wizarding World of Harry Potter Spells - Frog

1. Honeydukes – The spell is "Revelio." You want to open that giant Chocolate Frog box. Bet you can guess what’s inside. Ribbit, ribbit!

2.  Three Broomsticks – The location is in the corner to the left of the restaurant entrance. The spell is "Incendio."

∼Toadally∼ Cool Wizarding World of Harry Potter Spells at Universal Studios Hollywood - spell

3. Dogweed and Deathcap – The spell is "Herbivicus." Keep your eye on the purple flower!

4. Madam Puddifoot’s – There are two spells in one place: "Arresto Momentum" and "Locomotor Plates." You are aiming to stop or start the rotation of the stack of plates in the closest window.

5. Scrivenshaft’s Quill Shop - The spell is "Finite Incantatem." How does your spell affect that scribbling quill?

6. Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment - The spell is "Alohomora." You are aiming to open a box.

7. Gladrags Wizardwear – There are two spells in one place. You will focus your wand on the magnifying glass, but the spell affects something above and behind it, making something go down or up. The spells are "Descendo" and "Ascendio."

∼Toadally∼ Cool Wizarding World of Harry Potter Spells at Universal Studios Hollywood - wizardwear spell

8. Dervish and Banges – The spell is "Locomotor Music Box." This is a cute one!

9. Spintwitches – The spell is "Wingardium Leviosa." As Harry’s bright friend Hermione Granger would say, “It’s LeviOsa, not levioSA.” Make sure you chant the spell correctly! Your spell affects the quaffle (dented ball) in the case.

10. Ceridwen’s Cauldrons – The spell is "Silencio." Shhh ... try to guess what you are trying to do.

11. Dominic Maestro’s – The spell is "Ventus." This is a fun one.

12. "Incendio" – This spell is not on the map, but you will find the medallion on the ground. It’s to the right of spell number 11 and very close to spell number 13. The spell is "Incendio." You’ll aim lower on the corner of the building, but your goal is to have flames come out of the chimney up above.

13. "Alohomora" – This spell is not on the map, either, but is the most dramatic spell of them all if you do it correctly. Aim your wand at the center of the large doors and say "Alohomora."

∼Toadally∼ Cool Wizarding World of Harry Potter Spells at Universal Studios Hollywood - alohomora

You may notice that the last two newer spells (which are not on the map) use the same words said at other spell locations. That’s because wizards might use the same spells in different situations throughout daily life. Toadally cool. Casting spells in The Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood really helps immerse you into the magical world of Harry Potter and lets you feel like a real wizard. Other ways to experience the magic are to walk through the castle, explore the shops and try some of the best Wizarding World foods and treats. Be sure to store your wand safely in your robe wand pocket or a backpack so you do not lose or break it. Hoppy spell casting!

If you are looking for some more magic for your visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, your favorite froggy friends can help you save money on Universal Studios Hollywood tickets (including Universal Express tickets) and Los Angeles hotel stays. That can help keep more money in your wallet. Wave your wand over your purse or wallet and say "Major Moneta." Ribbit! 

Related: Beyond Butterbeer: The Best Food & Drink at Wizarding World Hollywood

Related: Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Jun 4, 2023 at 9:47 p.m.
Shannon Says...

Great information on your page! I have gone down every rabbit hole, reading as much as I can. We are planning 2-days at USH. I would love any extra pointers you have for packing as much into the 2 days.

I booked us at the Sheraton for the one night and bought the early entry Mario Pass for the second day (7am). We have 9 people - one teenage with autism and one grandma that has difficulties getting around. I am planning to get the AAP for my son, not sure about my mom yet. This may help us a little getting through the attractions.

Do you have a suggested 2-day plan? Any pointers are appreciated!

Thank you!

Jun 5, 2023 at 3:09 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

You'll be off to a great start with AAP and Early Access! We'd recommend a wheelchair for your mom, which she doesn't have to use all day but it could help her get around and extend her time in the park by saving her strength. That will also allow her to access return times, since AAP only works for parties of 4. If you're wanting to dine at Toadstool Cafe in Super Nintendo World, you'll need to make a reservation as early as you can on the day of (either when you're at Early Access or use the link in our dining post to make a reservation as soon as it opens for the day). Having two days in the park will help you get everything done. We'd suggest focusing on the Wizarding World and the Upper Lot attractions on Day 1 and the Lower Lot attractions and the Studio Tour on Day 2 (the Early Access ticket gives you Universal Express access to the Studio Tour until 11 a.m.).

Stay cool!



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