With Disneyland, Universal Studios, and theme parks around the world shutting due to COVID-19, fear not, you can now ride your very own Harry Potter rollercoaster from the comfort of your living room. Due to the spread of coronavirus, Orlando’s Universal Studios is closed until the middle of April, or is it?
Companies are having to change the way they work in the midst of this global pandemic, but sadly, some are shutting up shop. One park patron has filmed the fan-favourite “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and posted it online, meaning you can recreate the ‘magic’ at home.
Undercover Tourist shared the video online and encourages you to hop on your broomsticks. Not just taking on the ride itself, the video goes through the queue where you can chat with the likes of the Fat Lady, explore Dumbledore’s office, and walk the iconic halls of Hogwarts.
After that, you take to the skies and follow the Boy Who Lived in this adrenaline-filled ride. You obviously won’t get the movement of the actual ride, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try and recreate it using a kitchen broom and darting around the house.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is a proper tour of the famous school and its grounds, with notable faces like Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid popping by for a visit. You’ll get to experience a game of Quidditch, cross paths with Aragog in the Forbidden Forest (the clue was in the name), and plunge into the depths of the Chamber of Secrets. All of this is while you do battle with Lord Voldermort’s sinister shadow hanging over Hogwarts.
Things clearly end well and you save the day, getting a well-deserved round of applause from Dumbledore himself. The ride first opened at Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010 and has since rolled out parks in Japan in Hollywood.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was due to open at Universal Studios Beijing next year, but coronavirus has probably but the brakes on that for now. At least we’ve got a little more time on our hands to plan our trip to Universal Studios when this all blows over and we’re finally free to travel again.
In the meantime, take to your broomsticks and create your own Harry Potter continuation in the garden. Just watch out for Dementors.
[Featured Image: Warner Bros./Universal]