Get your wands ready! You are about to experience, MAGIC!!

There's no denying that we all secretly wish for a bit of magic in our lives now and then. Well, for Potterheads, good news! The newly opened Harry Potter flagship store in New York City launched two new Virtual Reality experiences on July 15. Located at 935 Broadway in Manhattan, this official Harry Potter store is all set to make the dreams come true for many Muggles like us!

WarnerMedia, in partnership with WevrKeylight, and Dreamscape Immersive has launched the magical experiences, "Chaos in Hogwarts" and "Wizards Take Flight," exclusively for the store. These interactive experiences will let the fans live few magical moments in the world of Harry Potter, and get to meet some favorite characters too!

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Courtesy of Harry Potter New York (Facebook)

Located on the third floor, Chaos at Hogwarts will help the fans reach Hogwarts with house-elf Dobby's help after missing the train from King's Cross. Costumed employees will guide up to 6 guests through the customized entryways to the VR. Players will need a VR headset, backpack, and hand and foot trackers to start their journey, along with a wand! In the adventure, players will experience magical creatures, detailed iconic Hogwarts castle, mysterious objects, and many more. They will also be able to cast spells with their wands to blast off those chattering pixies and battle realistic dragons.

On the bottom floor awaits the second experience, Wizards Take Flight. In this adventure, guests will need a physical broom alongside the VR gears to experience soaring in the London skies fighting the menacing Death Eaters! Like the other VR, this allows six players to join Hagrid for a free flight to the Hogwarts castle.

Both VR experiences let the players choose avatars from the four Hogwarts' houses. Players will also be able to interact with other co-participants in the adventure. The addition of a physical broom and wand along with VR gears make the adventure hyperrealistic and immersive, something fans have never experienced before. 

Each of these unique experiences is about 30 minutes, including check-in and gearing up. You can book the tickets at Harry Potter New York website for $34. Pre-booking reservation is highly recommended, and currently, the store is offering reservations from July 15-August 15. If you have VR tickets, you need not register to the store's virtual queue. However, guests are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before their reservation. After reaching, you can directly proceed to the front of the line displaying your VR ticket.

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Courtesy of Harry Potter New York (Facebook)

  • Participants must be at least 48 inches tall and 10 years or older.
  • Players aged 13 years and younger must be assisted by a ticketed adult.
  • Wheelchair option is also available on request. 
  • VR experiences comply with strict cleaning protocols, and all gears are sanitized thoroughly after each use.

Once you have experienced virtual reality, don't forget to take a trip inside the 21,000 sq. ft, three-floor store. The store houses the largest authentic collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. The store features 15 themed areas, a cafe offering butterbeer drinks and butterbeer ice cream, and innumerable props to purchase. There are also few interactive experiences, including a giant re-creation of hissing Nagini and a scavenger hunt featuring props from the films.

If you are a die-hard Potter fan, this is the chance to live in the wizarding world! Visit the Harry Potter New York store with your friends, and fulfill your lifelong dream. Share your experience with us in the comments.

For more information about the store, visit their website https://www.harrypotterstore.com/.