RUMOR: New Spells and Wands Coming Soon to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Annie Wilson

One of the highlights of a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is using a wand to cast spells. This magical experience allows wizards, witches, and even Muggles to try their hand at magic at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Rumors suggest that new interactive wands will debut ahead of Epic Universe and new spells will be added around the current parks. Over the last few months, we’ve noticed changes around the different spells that indicate this rumor could be true.

New Spells and Wands Coming Soon to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Spells around Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade have been getting upgraded cameras over the last few months. Whenever a spell was having a new infrared camera installed, the window would have a sign or it would be blocked by construction walls.

The exterior of the Owl Post window and a door to Dervish and Banges in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade in Universal Islands of Adventure.

Outside of Dervish and Banges, the Owl Post window has been blocked by construction walls for the last few weeks. This was not a spell location, but it was blocked off like some of the spells have been during their upgrades.

This window was best known for having the Howler, and you could often hear it “yelling” through the window. The walls were removed from the window, showing that the display has changed slightly. Looking closer, it appears this window could be getting prepped for a new spell.

A photo of the Owl Post window in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade.

The center of the window has a brown paper-wrapped box with a perfect hole removed from it. This looks like it could be the location of a camera for a new spell.

A close-up of a hole in a brown parchment paper, likely an opening for a new infrared camera.

Upon closer inspection, it looks like the box has plenty of room inside to mount a camera. The window display has changed and there does appear to be a few spots that could have new effects.

A photo of a book prop that could be used with the addition of new spells in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade.

The bottom of the window display has a large piece of paper that looks like it will have writing magically appear on it. This could be part of a spell, or it could just be a new effect added to the Owl Post window.

Over the last few months, spells around both Wizarding World lands have been getting updated cameras. This will greatly improve guests’ ability to cast spells, but there are rumors that there are other reasons for the change. New wands that can connect to the Universal Orlando app are rumored to roll out sometime before Epic Universe opens next year.

Universal has connected gameplay for Illumination Villain-Con Minion Blast and guests can sync their blaster to their profile on the Universal Orlando app. Guests of Super Nintendo World can link a Power-Up Band to the app to collect coins and track their progress. These new interactive wands could likely be similar to Power-Up Bands and allow guests to link to the Universal Orlando app. The new wands could be used to track guests’ progress with spells and allow them to unlock new features.

Old wands would still work with the spells, but would not allow guests to connect and access new features within the resort app. New wands would be required to track progress through the Universal connected gameplay feature.

Signage for free interactive wand offer

Universal Orlando was greatly discounting interactive wands during the garage sale last year. Interactive wands were being sold at 70% off. Now, Universal Orlando is offering a free interactive wand with the purchase of a $300 merchandise gift card. Universal Orlando may be slowly getting rid of the current stock of Wizarding World wands in anticipation of rolling out a new series of wands in the future.

Details have not been released for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic — the Harry Potter-themed land coming to Epic Universe — yet, so there’s a chance more details will come soon. Stay tuned for more details on this story and for more Epic Universe announcements.

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