Back to Hogwarts at Universal Orlando


Attention all Gryffindors, Slytherins, Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs. Grab your robe, raise your wand and prepare to go Back to Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this September.

As every fan of the Harry Potter books and films knows, every September, young witches and wizards go back to school to start a new year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Beginning September 1, you can join your fellow classmates throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as you celebrate this special occasion.  Come and revel in the wizarding wonders you love the most with special activities in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

Here’s how you can join in on the fun and celebrate Back to Hogwarts:

1. Back to Hogwarts: A Social Media Fan Meet-Up

On September 1, join fellow Wizarding World fans for the launch of Back to Hogwarts as you choose your own adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

UPDATE: All registrations for the Back to Hogwarts Social Media Fan Meet-Up have been filled.

2. Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt

Throughout the month, you are invited to join a photo scavenger hunt through the lands and share how The Wizarding World of Harry Potter comes to life with #BackToHogwarts. Want to join the fun? Starting September 2, pick up a Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt map at these following locations:

Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
Universal Studios Store

Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
Islands of Adventure Trading Company

3. Group Photo Fridays

This is your chance to get that cool photo with your friends at your favorite places in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. . You can participate in photo meet-ups with fellow witches and wizards every Friday in September in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley – don’t forget to dress for the occasion in your best Back to Hogwarts wardrobe!

  • Friday, September 7:
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
    • Location: Hogwarts Express
    • Time: 2 PM EST
  • Friday, September 14:
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
    • Location: Triwizard Stage
    • Time: 12:45 PM EST
  • Friday, September 21:
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
    • Location: Carkitt Market Stage
    • Time: 12 PM EST
  • Friday, September 28:
    • Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
    • Location: Knight Bus
    • Time: 2 PM EST

*Times and locations subject to change

4. Dress for Back to Hogwarts

Your Back to Hogwarts experience wouldn’t be complete without your house robe or favorite Wizarding World costume! We encourage you to dress up and show off your creativity with your favorite witches and wizards to celebrate Back to Hogwarts. Click here for a full list of costume guidelines.  Official robes can be purchased at UOR, or check your local Target for a more budget friendly option.  

5. And More!

This is the perfect time to enjoy everything The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer. Grab a Butterbeer (a frozen one if you’re like me) with your fellow friends. Explore the shops of Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade in case you need additional school supplies for Back to Hogwarts – you can pick up some backpacks, stationery, apparel, and accessories to celebrate your Hogwarts house pride. Brave each lands’ thrilling attractions, including Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey with newly enhanced 4K-HD imagery projection. And don’t forget to see The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, which will run select nights in September. But remember, you never know what magical surprises await you during Back to Hogwarts…

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