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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Hollywood sets opening date

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Start readying your portkeys and set aside some Floo powder for a trip to California. Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that its “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will open its doors on April 7, 2016.

Universal recruited Luna Lovegood herself (a.k.a. Evanna Lynch) to help make the announcement on the streets of Hogsmeade — and to do a little magic of her own, helping to reveal the new Hogwarts.

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The new West Coast “Wizarding World,” which was first announced in June, has been in the works for more than five years, and like the version in Orlando, Florida, it’ll allow Muggles like us the chance to explore the shops of Hogsmeade and the corridors of Hogwarts. The park will also feature Universal’s first-ever outdoor rollercoaster, “Flight of the Hippogriff,” as well as an immersive 3-D HD thrill ride called “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” which allows passengers to soar over the Hogwarts grounds and come face-to-face with dragons and the Whomping Willow.

Check out the announcement video below. 

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