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The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios

Recently we were guests of Universal Studios Hollywood to watch the new show.

Castle light show at Universal Studios Hollywood

Our entire family is major fans of Harry Potter, and visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the all-time favorite places to spend the day. When our family learned about The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle, we couldn’t wait to make plans to visit Universal Studios Hollywood.

Family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood

The minute that we stepped foot in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we were immersed in the magical world. Our first stop was to get a taste of the famous Butterbeer. Our family sipped on the refreshing drink while walking around the magical world.

Then, we took a thrilling ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff. The magical creature took our family on an unforgettable flight high above Universal Studios Hollywood. Just when we thought we had experienced all the fun, we went into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where we went on a thrilling adventure on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Neka and Dara at Universal Studios

We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the entertainment and using our wand to bring different parts of the world to life. Finally, the time had come. The sun began to set, and we were about to experience the magic of The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle!

Dark Arts at Universal Studios

The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle is a mix of lights, music and special effects show that projects on and around the Hogwarts Castle. The show happens in the evening and will be repeated several times to allow a large number of guests to experience the magic.

The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle at Universal

The story of the show revolves around the Dementors, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures from Aragog and Mountain Trolls that cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic. At one point even Lord Voldemort himself makes an appearance. Eventually, the Patronus spell will save the castle.

The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle

The music, the special effects, and even the projections are so imaginative and done well one gets easily transported back into the story of Harry Potter. The show lasts 8 minutes and is well worth the wait.

There is a viewing area near Hogwarts castle that is roped off and provides an excellent viewing experience.

The magical The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle

The Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle will be a different tone than “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” and “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” as the tone will be darker with more intense tones.

Purchase tickets in advance to Universal Studios Hollywood online. Learn more about Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your love for the new show on your social media using the hashtag #WizardingWorldHollywood.

Houman Jazaeri is an OC dad who juggles work, play and his love of technology. On the side he runs, a website that reviews apps and has published his first book, 52 Apps for the College Student.
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