ORLANDO, USA - SEPTEMBER 02, 2015: Gringotts Bank Dragon breathing fire The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando. Universal Studios Orlando is a theme park in Orlando, Florida.

Only the Biggest Potterheads Know These Wizarding World of Harry Potter Secrets

Only the cleverest witches and wizards can find all of these secrets hidden at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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At Universal Orlando, over a thousand miles away from the Scottish pub where Harry Potter was first dreamed up, you can board the Hogwarts Express, tour Diagon Alley, and grab a butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is the ultimate destination for fans.

But while you might think you know everything about the park, there are secrets that only a select few have found. You won’t find these hidden details on any map–not even the Marauder’s Map.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA - DECEMBER, 2017: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – The iconic dragon at Diagon Alley, Universal Studios Florida.

The Broken Phone Box

Right outside the entrance to Diagon Alley, you’ll see a red British phone box. If you go inside, you’ll find a payphone that appears to be broken, along with some fake phonebooks hanging from a rack.

Why is this here? Well, if you recall, a similar telephone box in London’s Whitehall district served as the secret entrance to the Ministry of Magic headquarters. If you lift the receiver of the payphone at Universal, nothing happens… unless you dial 62442. That spells “MAGIC” and will cause a recorded message to play from the Ministry.

Get Fashion Advice from Madam Malkin

When you step into Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions in Diagon Alley, you’ll discover a large, freestanding mirror. The glass is speckled with age, the gold leaf flaking ever so slightly from the frame. It seems as though this mirror only exists to allow shoppers to try on the accessories for sale in the shop, but as with so many things in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, all is not as it seems.

If you stand in front of Madam Malkin’s mirror for a moment, you’ll get more than you bargained for. The mirror will critique your appearance–and be warned that it might not pay you a compliment. Check out a tour of the shop below:

Kreacher Is Watching You

If you stroll down Grimmauld Place, you’ll find the home of Sirius Black. Number 12 is visibly dingier than its neighbors, the bricks blackened and the limestone gray with soot. Even the railing is rusty, giving the impression that no one has been there for a long, long time.

But if you’re patient, you’ll see the curtains twitch aside in a second-floor window. The pale, scowling face of Kreacher the House Elf will peer out suspiciously at the crowd below for a moment before the curtain falls again.

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Moaning Myrtle Haunts the Public Conveniences

Los Angeles, USA - February 25, 2016: Universal Studios. Hogsmeade Village.

Poor Moaning Myrtle. Her short life ended tragically, and then she spent her afterlife haunting a girls’ bathroom at Hogwarts. Her voice can be heard in Orlando, too. If you are lucky–or unlucky, depending on your perspective–you might hear her eerie, self-pitying wail while using the restroom at the park.

For the best chance of hearing Myrtle, head to the “Public Conveniences” located in Hogsmeade. They’re near the Hogs Head Pub. Even better, don’t mention this secret to your friends before you head inside to freshen up.

The Owl Post Actually Works

One of my favorite parts of the Harry Potter universe is sending letters by owl. In Diagon Alley, you’ll find the Owl Post. While it serves as a shop selling stationery–including quills–and stuffed owls, it also functions as a real post office.

You can bring a letter from home to mail or buy a postcard at the shop. While the stamp will still cost the regular USPS rate, there’s no extra charge to get the special Hogsmeade postmark on your letter.

Magical Menagerie Mysteries

There are two big secrets hidden at the Magical Menagerie. This shop in Diagon Alley is bursting with creatures of every sort. If you stop in front of the window to look at the oversized snake, you’re in for a special surprise. It will start speaking in Parseltongue, so just hope you don’t understand what it is saying!

Inside the shop, eagle-eyed Ravenclaws might find Luna Lovegood’s favorite magical creature. The Crumple-Horned Snorkack is lurking up in the loft.

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Secret Spells Will Test Your Magical Ability

LONDON, UK - 16 FEBRUARY, 2017: Warner Bros Studios Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter is a public attraction in Leavesden in southeastern England.

Did you think that the interactive wand you picked up at Ollivander’s was just a fun souvenir? Your wand is actually the key to more than two dozen secret spells throughout the two parks.

If you see a bronze compass medallion embedded in the floor, then you’ve found a secret spell! Holding your wand, stand on the compass so that you are facing in the direction of the longest point. Then trace the symbol on the compass in the air in front of you with your wand. Remember, swish and flick!

There’s an infrared camera pointed at the medallion that can pick up the wand movements. When you make the right gesture, that’s when the magic happens. Some spells cause lights to ignite, while others trigger a rainstorm–so watch out! You can find a complete guide to the secret spells here.