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Shopping in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

For many, shopping will be as much an attraction in the Wizarding World as the rides. There are no “Toys R Us” action figures or “I Survived” T-shirts here. Instead, everything for sale has been custom-designed down to the packaging to look like it was delivered direct from Harry’s world. If you are any kind of fan, be prepared to drop a bundle.

Tip: These tiny shops are often packed during the day, so save your shopping for closing time. A limited selection is also found in Port of Entry’s Trading Company and CityWalk’s Universal Studios Store and most items (including wands) can be ordered online through UniversalOrlando.com.

Zonko's Joke Shop stocks fantastical toys ($10 to $25) like "Fanged Flyer" toothy frisbees, "Comb-a-Chamelon" color-changing hairbrushes, and "Sneakoscope" spinning tops, alongside retro playthings like chattering teeth and tin-toy robots. The hottest seller is the "Pygmy Puff" ($15), a stuffed pink Tribble look-alike that gets a bell-ringing naming ceremony with each adoption; don't be surprised if they are out of stock (or "breeding"). The upper reaches of the Oriental-styled red shelves are stuffed with strange creatures, vintage Halloween decorations, and curios like a box of "Portable Swamp." Don't forget to eavesdrop on the Extendable Ears that dangle from the ceiling near the sales register.

Adjoining Zonko's is Honeydukes Sweetshop, a pastel candyland that could give Willy Wonka a toothache. Popular items ($5 to $11) include the "Chocolate Frog," a solid milk chocolate amphibian that comes with a collectable "famous wizard" trading card, and "Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans" with tastes including Ketchup, Black Pepper, and Mashed Potatoes. The treacle fudge is too sugary to swallow, but the cauldron cakes, dark chocolate Peppermint Toads, and cinnamon Pepper Imps are all yummy.

Dervish and Banges specializes in wizarding school supplies, from neckties and scarves ($30 to $35) and class robes ($100, in sizes XXXS to XXXL) to Quidditch Bludgers and Golden Snitches. If you admire the hovering brooms tethered to the second-story balcony, you can take home a toy broom for $33, or a collectible Firebolt or Nimbus 2000 for $250 to $300 (non-flying models only, alas). Say hello to the Monster Book of Monsters snoozing in his cage, but watch out; he bites when woken.

Owl Post is a small annex of Dervish and Banges that serves as the exit for Ollivander's wand shop, so it quickly becomes claustrophobic. Here guests can purchase their own wand ($30), selecting a reproduction of a favorite character's instrument, or picking one of 13 original designs based on a fanciful 13-symbol zodiac. You can also buy Wizarding World-themed U.S. mail stamps ($15 for 10) and have your outgoing mail stamped with a Hogsmeade postmark (a postal box sits outside the shop). And you can't miss the holographic "Howlers" screaming at passersby from the window. Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods, at the exit of the Forbidden Journey ride, is festooned with items reclaimed from rambunctious students, like copies of Quibbler magazine, Whammy Rockets, and bottles of Skele-Gro potion. While those props from the films aren't for sale, everything else is, including fold-out Marauder Maps ($50, or $70 in a handsome wood and glass case), Sorting Hats ($30), and copies of the books and DVDs that started it all. If you want a T-shirt declaring your allegiance to Bellatrix Lestrange or other baddies, this is the place. Of course, you can also view and purchase souvenir photos of your Journey here ($21 for a single print, packages from $30).).

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Universal Orlando 2011

 

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