Last time we explored how the Wizarding World of Harry Potter would have looked dramatically different at Islands of Adventure. This time around, we will examine some of my favorite concept art that ended up in the Wizarding World. We start with my absolute favorite.
Located to the left of the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade is this window display just down a side alley. Most people traveling through the land have no idea this is there, because it looks like you shouldn’t be going down this very narrow side path. However, the next time you are in Islands of Adventure, you’ll see the magical kitchen of the restaurant hard at work.
These window displays, in my opinion, make the entire land and set the Wizarding World of Harry Potter apart from any other theme park in existence. Just take a look at the detail scenes from the McBloom & McMuck windows above.
While the above didn’t turn out exactly like the finished product, you can see this display just outside of Dervish and Banges, located in Hogsmeade.
Indeed, if you look through the windows of the Owl Post, you can see various talking letters come to life. Not quite like in the image above, but very close.
Here is a scene that never made the final cut for the Honeydukes windows. Various witches, cats and owls dance inside a black cauldron filled with white chocolate.
On the other hand, this Spintwitches display did end up in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, just around the corner from Olivander’s.
One of my favorite windows from Scrivenshafts can be seen above. There’s something about watching a quill write in a book with no one to guide it that I find mesmerizing.
Finally, we have Tomes and Scrolls, which features the books by Gilderoy Lockhard. Just like in the movie, the cover comes to life and features Kenneth Branagh.
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