These new photos of Hogsmeade Village at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter should remove any doubts you might have of whether Universal Orlando has succeeded in recreating the detailed world from the Harry Potter films. You can click the photos below to enlarge them.
While trying to escape the rain by hiding close to a nearby tree, Inside the Magic reader Kristian Korner noticed he had an incredible view directly into the Wizarding World and snapped these pictures for us, showing how a little water on the ground can add even more authenticity to the “snow”-covered rooftops (it’s almost as if the snow has begun to melt and is running off into the streets). Since the rain clouds hid the normally-bright daytime Florida sun, the street lights within Hogsmeade Village have turned on, adding quite a bit of life to an otherwise empty (for now) area.
Of particular note in these shots are Honeydukes and the Hog’s Head Pub on the left and, of course, Hogwarts Castle towering over the village in the background.
And in case you’re wondering about the sign in the upper-left of these photos, here’s a better shot of it along with a view of the now-completed backside of the village, taken from a nearby bridge:
In the above shot, on the right you see a covered seating area, presumably for guests wanting to eat outdoors at the Three Broomsticks restaurant. Toward the left of the frame in the distance is a peak of the Flight of the Hippogryph roller coaster ride.
It’s clear from these photos that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, at least on the outside, is nearly ready for guests to enter. Rumors currently point to soft openings of the new area near the end of May with its official grand opening being held on June 18.
Thanks to Kristian for the photos!