Wands at the Ready! Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Is Coming to Hollywood in 2016

12/09/2015 at 09:43 AM ET

Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Open in Hollywood
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The wait is almost over.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016, the park announced Tuesday.

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Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s world-famous novels, the land “will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle,” according to the press release.

While the castle will be the attraction’s focal point, visitors will enter through an archway into Hogsmeade, a “quaint local village” where “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”—the land’s signature ride—and an outdoor coaster “Flight of the Hippogriff” will be located.

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The land will also feature pubs and stores from the books and films, such as Hog’s Head and the Three Broomsticks (where Harry and his pals often sipped on butterbeer in the novels). Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Zonko’s Joke Shop and more will also offer visitors a chance to stock up on candy, wands, robes and more.

—Melody Chiu


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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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faithbradytravel on

I can’t wait! I’m going to drink so much butter beer.

Anonymous on

Florida already has that..

Brittanie on

Hogs head? I think you mean hogsmeade

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