24 Jan The Best Harry Potter Experiences in NYC for Kids
NYC is always ready to unfold enchanting surprises and magical journeys for every young person, especially if you’re an ardent fan of Harry Potter. And, yes, it has everything, from the tantalizing wizarding shops to magical walking tours that are entirely family-friendly. This list is specially curated for all the little wizards and witches in the making. So, parents, take out your note-taking quills (or just your smartphones), and jot down these enthralling must-do activities in the heart of NYC!
The Harry Potter Store is a must visit. As you enter Harry Potter New York, you will be transported to a world of magic, surrounded by a vast collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products. You’ll immediately be greeted by a breathtaking sight of a magnificent Fawkes the phoenix model perched high above the store, inviting you to explore further. Inside, you’ll discover a range of unique products, interactive experiences, and opportunities to snap photos that are exclusive to this store.
It’s never too early to get enchanted by the theatre’s magic! The breathtaking spectacle of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will immerse your young one into the magical realms of Harry’s universe. Witness iconic scenes come to life, such as battling a Dementor or the infamous sorting hat ceremony.
This classic NYC comic store, Forbidden Planet, stocks an abundance of Harry Potter merchandise. Treat your young Potterhead to this shop filled with action figures, games, clothing, and even broomstick pens!
Embark on an adventure through the Wizarding World at Harry Potter: The Exhibition and experience the enchanting film-making magic and more. At every turn, explore iconic moments from the Wizarding World and engage with interactive elements, authentic costumes, props, and endless photo opportunities.
Learn to conjure your Patronus, come face-to-face with a Hungarian Horntail, test your Quidditch™ skills, and brew your own Skele-Gro in Potions class. Take your time and delve into the behind-the-scenes details of how the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts™ film series, and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child™ play are brought to life.
Begin your personalized journey by choosing your favorite Hogwarts™ house, wand, and Patronus. Savor immersive experiences such as lounging in Hagrid’s™ giant chair, squeezing into the Cupboard Under The Stairs, and practicing your Quidditch™ skills by throwing a Quaffle, while also learning about the intricate details of filmmaking.
Tannen’s Magic Shop in NYC is an ideal destination for Harry Potter fans. It carries an extensive collection of magical merchandise that transports you into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. From replica wands and Harry Potter themed magic sets to illusions, tricks, and even books on spell casting, Tannen’s Magic Shop perfectly encapsulates the charm and mystique of Harry’s universe. Plus, the store frequently hosts workshops, magic shows and even offers magic classes, reminiscent of Hogwarts. So, whether you’re aspiring to be the next Dumbledore or just looking to relive Harry’s adventures, Tannen’s offers an immersive experience unlike any other, making it an enchanting escape for all Potterheads.
Experience the enchanting world of Fantastic Beasts by embarking on a tour that brings Newt’s thrilling adventures to life in real-life locations. The journey begins at One New York Plaza and takes you on a fascinating trail to well-known landmarks featured in the movies such as the Second Salem Church, Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall Subway Station, and more.
Witness the actual buildings from the films, such as Jacob’s Cake Shop and Tina and Queenie’s house. Seek out the elusive Niffler in the Diamond District and then track down Newt’s Demiguise, Dougal, at Macy’s. Finally, conclude your expedition in Central Park where Newt triumphantly captured the Erumpent.
Alongside movie clips, this tour offers an intriguing peek into unheard tales of these locations, enriching your experience. It’s an absolute must-visit for anyone passionate about magic, witchcraft, and film, regardless of their level of expertise. This our is long and involves a lot of walking so it is better suited to older kids.
Remember, these magical Harry Potter experiences are not just for kids. After all, magic knows no age! So whether you are residents or just visiting the ‘Big Apple’, each of these suggestions promises a magical journey that will make you feel as if you just stepped off the Hogwarts Express. Immerse yourself and your little witches or wizards in these magical adventures in NYC!
By exploring all these locations and attractions, you will be casting your spell on an unforgettable journey. After all, who doesn’t love the Harry Potter universe’s charisma, that’s only augmented in a city as splendid and as vivacious as NYC! Happy journeying in the magical world of Harry Potter, right here in the heart of New York!
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