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Wizarding World Vs Warner Bros Studio Tour: Which is the best Harry Potter experience?

From rides and interactivty to cost, accessibility and food, Alexandra Pecci rates the world's top Harry Potter attractions

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In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Fla., visitors can explore the village of Hogsmeade. CREDIT: Universal Orlando Resort

In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Fla., visitors can explore the village of Hogsmeade. CREDIT: Universal Orlando Resort

Harry's cupboard under the stairs is among the film sets on the Harry Potter studio tour. Photo for The Washington Post by Alexandra Pecci

Harry's cupboard under the stairs is among the film sets on the Harry Potter studio tour. Photo for The Washington Post by Alexandra Pecci

The author's daughter, Chloe, at the entrance to the Harry Potter studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London. Photo for The Washington Post by Alexandra Pecci

The author's daughter, Chloe, at the entrance to the Harry Potter studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London. Photo for The Washington Post by Alexandra Pecci

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.... Universal Orlando

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.... Universal Orlando

A model of Hogwarts at Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

A model of Hogwarts at Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort.

Diagon Alley, at Warner Bros. Harry Potter studio tour

Diagon Alley, at Warner Bros. Harry Potter studio tour

Dolores Umbridge's office from the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Warner Bros Studios, London.

Dolores Umbridge's office from the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Warner Bros Studios, London.

A fire-breathing dragon perches atop Gringotts Bank in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando. Photo for The Washington Post by Alexandra Pecci

A fire-breathing dragon perches atop Gringotts Bank in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando. Photo for The Washington Post by Alexandra Pecci

A 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts Castle at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images

A 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts Castle at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images

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In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Fla., visitors can explore the village of Hogsmeade. CREDIT: Universal Orlando Resort

"Incendio!"

My 10-year-old daughter, Chloe, squared her feet, raised her arm toward the dark, diamond-paned windows, and waved her wand in a triangle pattern as she shouted the incantation into the night air.

Immediately, the building's dark windows glowed with brilliant white light, and a small crowd of people around us gasped and clapped. Chloe looked at me with a smile as bright as the magical glow she had just conjured.


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