Harry Potter fans are in for a treat. For years, fans have wished for an owl to fly in to their house, an invitation to the secret, magical school of Hogwarts secured tightly in its talons. Well good news, now you can skip that part and just hop onto the Hogwarts Express.
Universal Studios has commissioned a working locomotive that is exquisitely detailed and gives riders a unique, encompassing experience that is a must-try for everyone – Harry Potter fan or not. The Jacobite Steam Train was the actual engine used in the films, and while you ride it you can fantasize about making the journey to Hogwarts while winding through the gorgeous scenery of Scotland. The train passes through the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan viaduct, the Scottish Highlands, and the countryside that made up the backdrop of the students’ journey to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
But the experience isn’t just for Potter enthusiasts. The steam engine ride will please anyone who enjoys a good view. Potter-purists should look forward to sitting in Carriage D for the perfect reenactment of the movie magic.