8 Harry Potter-Themed Activities In Asia - Hogwarts Hotel Room, Flaming Cocktails, & Live Magic Shows

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Harry Potter things to do in real life

 

King's Cross Station in Seoul

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We live our lives much like the thoroughly ordinary Dursleys: mediocre muggles at best. But with or without a Hogwarts acceptance letter, there’s no stopping us - we’re still getting our fill of the Harry Potter universe.

From attending a Hogwart’s feast in Singapore’s Katong district to stocking up on supplies at a Diagon Alley-inspired shop in Hong Kong, here are 8 Harry Potter-related activities in Asia so you don’t have to get on a 14-hour flight to the UK:

 

1. Attend a Hogwarts feast and Sorting Hat ceremony (Singapore)

 

Harry Potter activities - Hogwarts feast in Singapore

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We’ve got little opportunity to break out into the tunes of Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts, but that’s exactly what we’ll be doing at this home dining experience at an unassuming Katong apartment. It’s an Airbnb experience so expect your hosts to join in merrily.

For $89/person, you’re invited to a Hogwarts feast where hearty mains like Mrs. Weasley's Roast Turkey, Stoat Roast Beef, and Lamb Rack will be served. There’ll even be Pumpkin Pasties that you can pretend you’ve bought off the Trolley Witch.

Harry Potter activities - Hogwarts feast in Singapore

The house will be all decked out in Hogwarts decor - feel free to dress up in your wizarding robes to match.
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You’ll be personally greeted with a hand-brewed drink where you can choose from the likes of Butterbeer, Love Potion, and Pumpkin Juice. If you’ve always been a tad dubious of your Pottermore results, there’ll be a Sorting Ceremony for you to find your one true House.

End the night with a HP quiz game - the winners will get a special surprise to take home.

Find out more about the Magical Dinner for Harry Potter Fans here.

 

2. Order Harry Potter-inspired “potions” at Platform 1094 (Singapore)

 

Harry Potter activities - Platform 1094

What is a list of Harry Potter-related activities without Singapore’s very own HP-themed cafe? We went down to Platform 1094 when it first opened and were blown away by the desserts and drinks - cupcakes like Witch’s Cup and Wizard’s Cup and drinks like Mr Lich’s Flaming Brew ($15).

The latter is a mix of Bacardi with Blue Curacao liqueur - it instantly goes up in flames once lit by a blowtorch. They also do mains like Pesto Mayo Pork Ribs ($22) and Crab Meat Aglio Olio ($17).

Address: 1094 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328192
Opening hours: Tue to Sun: 11AM-10PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6204 6003 

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3. Stay in a Hogwarts-style room at The Expected Inn (Fukuoka, Japan)

 

Harry Potter activities - The Expected Inn in Japan

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Those muggles who never got our letters on our 11th birthdays will thoroughly enjoy Expected Inn, a Hogwarts-inspired holiday home. It’s entirely made up to look like Hogwarts’ dorms, with plaid bedsheets and velvety draw curtains around the beds. You can book out the entire house, which sprawls out across 3 floors and can fit up to 16 guests.

Harry Potter activities - The Expected Inn in Japan

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As you walk up the stairs, the walls are lined with old paintings - you might not see the The Fat Lady but there are plenty of Victorian-era portraits. Prices start from $475/night and you can make your booking online through Expedia.

 

4. Stock up on Harry Potter merchandise at Museum CONTEXT (Hong Kong)

 

Harry Potter activities - Museum CONTEXT

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Those who have never stepped foot in Diagon Alley can head over to Hong Kong’s Museum CONTEXT to stock up on all things Harry Potter. It’s Ollivanders, Flourish & Blotts, and Madam Malkin’s all crammed into one shop. From Harry Potter board games to House-themed knick knacks, it has a range more massive than Typo’s recent Harry Potter collection.

Harry Potter activities - Museum CONTEXT

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Even the quirkiest of items can be found here - they even have a “Free Dobby” Mug And Socks Set so you can support Hermione’s S.P.E.W initiative.

Address: 19 1F Yun Ping Road, Hong Kong
Opening hours: Mon to Wed, Sun: 12PM-8PM, Thu to Sat: 12PM-9PM
Telephone: +852 9831 5735 

Find out more about Museum CONTEXT here.

 

5. Down a pint of butterbeer at Always Cafe (Hanoi, Vietnam)

 

Harry Potter activities - Always Cafe in Vietnam

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It’s a cosy space over at Always Cafe - nothing like the vast Great Hall but more like the Gryffindor Common Room with its friendly ambience. It’s done up with rustic brick walls and you’ll also see familiar posters and paintings everywhere, like “Have you seen this wizard?” signs and portraits of the Golden Trio.

Harry Potter activities - Always Cafe in Vietnam

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Feel free to throw on wizarding robes and a pointy hat to match while ordering from the bar which serves up Harry Potter-themed drinks. The absolute must-try? None other than Butterbeer (VND45k, ~S$2.60). They offer other drinks too, all based on potions like Polyjuice Potion, Amortentia, and Felix Felicis - pick the last for a dose of good luck.

Harry Potter activities - Always Cafe in Vietnam

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All potions are priced at VND40k (~S$2.30).

Address: 8B Hang Tre, Hanoi, Vietnam 109999
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 8AM-11PM
Telephone: +84 399 483 107 

Website

 

6. Take a ride through Hogwarts at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Osaka, Japan)

 

We’re lucky that Japan's Universal Studios has a full-blown Wizarding World of Harry Potter too - no need to travel all the way to Florida or Hollywood. You can read more about what Fauzi and Chris got up to over there here.

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There are 3 types of Butterbeer, but only 2 are available at any time: Cold Butterbeer (all year round), Frozen Butterbeer (summer), and Warm Butterbeer (winter).

Besides chugging down plenty of Butterbeer, there’s also a scenic dark Forbidden Journey ride that will lead you through a flight around Hogwarts castle - you’ll also come across the Whomping Willow, dementors, and a Quidditch match.

If you prefer, you can stroll through Hogwarts to explore Dumbledore’s office, classrooms, and a corridor of moving portraits.

Harry Potter activities - Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Choose between a 1 Day Pass (JPY7,400, ~S$91.80) or a 2 Day Pass (JPY14,700, ~S$182.30). The admission ticket includes entrance to Universal Studios Japan and use of all attractions in the park.

Find out more about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Osaka here.

 

7. Watch a live magic show at Hogwartz The Pub (Bali, Indonesia)

 

Harry Potter activities - Hogwartz The Pub in Bali

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Hogwartz The Pub Bali takes their magic seriously; They hold a Harry Potter-themed magic show daily, with a live music and dance skit too. Wizards will go from table to table to show off magic tricks - but don’t expect any N.E.W.T.-level spells, they stick to simple card tricks and vanishing acts.

Harry Potter activities - Hogwartz The Pub in Bali

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There are 2 shows: one specially tailored for children at 6:30PM - they’ll be invited to dance on stage after - and the other at 7:30PM with razzle-dazzle theatrics. It’s entirely a family-friendly joint - they even offer face painting for kids, with silicone and latex makeup.

Harry Potter activities - Hogwartz The Pub in Bali

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Although termed a pub, it’s not at all grimey like Hog’s Head. Instead, it’s airy with a dome-shaped roof, with framed Harry Potter posters all around.

Harry Potter activities - Hogwartz The Pub in Bali

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They’re widely known for their beef satay - it’s a recipe passed down through generations. Instead of peanut sauce, there’s a homemade soy sauce concoction for added savouriness. You won’t find anything like this in Hogwarts, that’s for sure.

Address: Jalan Buni Sari 1 Badung, Bali, indonesia
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 12PM-10PM
Telephone: +62 361 472 7707 

Website 

 

8. Reenact Harry Potter scenes at King’s Cross 9 ¾ cafe (Seoul, Korea)

 

Harry Potter activities King's Cross 9 3/4 in Seoul

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King’s Cross Station in London has a luggage trolley in between platforms 9 and 10 - one that’s forever infamous on Instagram for its classic jump shot. But now, Seoul’s very own King’s Cross 9 ¾ is a cafe with its own wall-embedded luggage trolley - you can be sure that people will be flocking over for the ‘gram.

Harry Potter activities - King's Cross 9 3/4 in Seoul

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To enter, you’ll need to order up a drink as an entrance fee: choose from the likes of Iced Vanilla Latte and Hazelnut Latte (KRW6,500, ~S$7.80 each), and desserts like Carrot Cake (KRW6,000, ~S$7.20).

Harry Potter activities - King's Cross 9 3/4 in Seoul

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Once you’re in, it’s photo spots galore. There’s a massive wall that’s fully piled with wands, all housed in colourful wand boxes. Another spot is themed after the Mirror of Erised, where you can don on wizarding robes and scarf and pretend you’re doing regular wizarding-like things like riding a broom - you only get 3 minutes in this room so prep up!

Harry Potter activities - King's Cross 9 3/4 in Seoul

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Address: Hongdae, Seoul Mapo-Gu Seogyo-Dong 417
Opening hours: Tue to Sun: 11AM-10PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: +82 70 4063 1657 

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Harry Potter-themed attractions in Asia

 

Whether you’re off for a weekend getaway in Hong Kong or travelling around Japan, there are plenty of Harry Potter-related things to do in Asia. From staying in a Hogwarts dorm to attending a real-life Sorting Ceremony - it’s a dream come true for muggles like us.

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