For fans of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, just reading the books and watching the movies don’t always suffice. Luckily Melbourne has more than a few magical escapades that will transport you through Platform 9 and ¾. Whether you’re a lover of fantasy or simply seeking a touch of wonder, Melbourne has some captivating activities that are sure to cast a spell on you. Get ready to delve into a world of enchantment as we unveil 5 magical places in Melbourne that feel straight out of the wizarding world.
Walk into the depths of the dark forest and discover fantastic beasts and iconic Wizarding World™ moments. From April 2024 The Briars’ bushland trail will be transformed into the Harry Potter™: A Forbidden Forest Experience. Created by Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment and award-winning theatrical designers, this event will allow you to experience the sounds, lights and characters that make the Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beast™ series so memorable. As you walk along the trail you’ll encounter magical creatures, interactive moments and illuminated characters. Relive iconic scenes from the movies, and take plenty of fun photos to capture magical memories from the evening’s adventure.
Help find the missing Albertus Magnus, a renowned and powerful wizard at TRAPT escape room. Enter his enchanted chambers at No. 12. Derngaldur Lane and start the investigation. To solve the disappearance you will need to cast various charms, unlock secret passages, and put your wizarding knowledge to the test. Will you be able to find Magnus before your 50-minute timer runs out, you’ll have to play to find out.
It’s hard to believe that this store isn’t in Diagon Alley. Any witch or wizard will feel right at home amongst the potions and spell books in this magical corner of Melbourne. The Spellbox is run by Melbourne’s own resident witch Danae. Inside, you will find an array of mystical tools, bewitching objects, charms, crystals, books and tarot. Have your future told, spin the wheel of stars or purchase your very own healing and true love spells in this magical store.
If you’ve ever dreamed of dodging bludgers, throwing quaffles and securing the golden snitch, then perhaps you should join the Melbourne Manticores! The Manticores are one of the founding members of Quidditch in Victoria and are the longest-running community team in Australia. The team is made up of players of all skill levels and is always looking for new members. If you are keen to get involved in Quidditch, just message the Melbourne Manticores Facebook page for information about training sessions. So stretch those hamstrings and polish those brooms, you have a snitch to catch!
Nestled in the heart of the stunning Dandenong Ranges, just one hour from Melbourne, Puffing Billy is like a wizard’s dream come true for Harry Potter fans out there. Being aboard this historic locomotive, you’ll definitely feel like a young wizard on the Hogwarts Express! The beautiful views, and vintage carriages all add to the feeling of whimsy and enchantment. While the end destination might not be Hogwarts, this train ride unlocks a world of magic.