Thursday, 19 July 2018

FictionAlley is moving in with An Archive Of Our Own

FictionAlley art and fic and essays are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3) (although the FictionAlley Park forums will remain here in some form). In this post:


In JKR's Wizarding World, one comes of age at 17; as FictionAlley reaches its 17th year this week, it's time for the fic and art to move to a larger database - the Archive Of Our Own. Forums/Park posts, blogposts, tutorials and pre-2006 essays will stay at
Open Doors will be working with FictionAlley team to import FictionAlley into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fanfiction, fanart and HPInkPot essays currently on FictionAlley will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages. Eventually, redirects will be set up from the original archive to the AO3 collection.

We will begin importing works from FictionAlley to the AO3 after August.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Harry Potter Fandom Excitement at SDCC 2018

Harry Potter at SDCCFictionAlley's Heidi will again be hosting the Harry Potter fandom panel - but this year, it's on Thursday night at 8:15 pm in Room 6DE.We'll be making some FictionAlley announcements and discussing all the magic in and around the Harry Potter/Wizarding World fandom (and canon!) with panelists including journalists Elizabeth Minkel (Fansplaining) and Catherine Horvath (MuggleNet), event organizer Chandrika Moka (Wands Up San Diego), sportsters Dawn Biggs (Hogwarts Running Club) and Jessica Ward (US Quidditch), and creative fans like Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael (Hermione Granger & the Quarter Life Crisis), novelist Alexa DeGennaro (Brightly Burning), podcast play producer Mick Ignis (The Great Wizarding War Podcast), podcaster Gary Roby (HarryPotterMinute), playwright Matt Cox (Puffs; Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic).
You can also catch some wizarding magic at WB's Cinema Panel in Hall H on Saturday morning -- we expect Fantastic Beasts cast members to be there -- and at Melissa Anelli's panel on 20 years of Harry Potter on the printed page, on Saturday afternoon
We hope to see you there - and make sure you pick up a special badge ribbon and postcard from Heidi if you see her!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

10th Annual Harry Potter Fandom Panel at SDCC

In 2017 we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone at San Diego Comic Con’s 10th annual Harry Potter Fandom Panel - if you’re going to be at SDCC, we hope you’ll join us!

On Sunday, July 23 at 2pm in Room 6BCF (right before the Buffy panel) we’ll talk all things Potter/fandom with @heidi8 (FictionAlley, @transformativeworks), journalist @elizabethminkel (New Statesman, @fansplaining), Kat Miller (MuggleNet), educator Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education ( @ebonyteach​)), event organizer Adrienne Alwag (Dumbledore's Army [LA]), and creative fans like writer/director/actor Nick Lang (A Very Potter Musical, StarKid Productions (@the-real-team-starkid )), novelist @alexadonne (Brightly Burning), fan filmmaker Justin Zagri (Severus Snape and the Marauders), theatrical producer David Carpenter (Puffs; or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic), and Jessica Ward of @usquidditch discuss the magic of new canon on stage, on screen, in amusement parks, in libraries, and, of course, online.

(And if you’re in San Diego next week, please join @transformativeworks for A Meetup Of Our Own on Thursday night at Analog Bar for hosted nibbles (thanks to OTW and the re:Create Copyright Coalition) and a cash bar; RSVP here!)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

And we are back!

Thanks to our server host, we are on a new server with a brand new motherboard! The DNS is propagating so it may take a few more hours until the Park is fully back up. Please let us know via a comment here or email if anything is still not working mid-afternoon today.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

ARCHIVED: What happened? Was it Voldemort? Grindlewald?

No, it was a crash of the FictionAlley motherboard.

It happens, and it's nobody's fault, not really. It crashed yesterday morning (EST on Nov. 28) and it's taking a while for it to come back online. First they tried to reboot it, then they realized the motherboard was ruined, and they've been working to put our hard drive onto a new server.

We don't expect that any content was lost but when it comes back online, we'll check. It's possible a few Park posts may have gone missing, and we know there were awesome conversations taking place then and we hope you can resume the magic when the site is back online.

None of the links on the right work now. But they will again, soon!

More info as we have it....

The good news is, our site host is giving us December for free - which is important because we had plans to ask you for money today, which is #GivingTuesday.

Our hosting and domain name fees are about $2500 per year; the site mods have been paying more than half of these costs for the last few years, and we bring in a few hundred dollars every year via Google Ad revenue and from people making purchases via our Amazon urls, but we need your support. If you are able to donate ten dollars, twenty dollars, or even fifty dollars or more, it would make a huge impact on FictionAlley's annual costs.

FA founder Heidi8 will double the first eight donations, as well as all donations on December 8, 2016. Also, if we raise $4000 (to cover the next 18 months of costs/fees) by February 28, 2017, all other donations in 2017 will go to hiring a programmer to rebuild FA's hosting system and forums.

Monday, 12 September 2016

The Last Two Decades of Pop Culture....

FictionAlley and founders Heidi and Flourish were featured in an article at Slate Magazine this week
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that focused on fans as the "New Powers That Be" and talked about Harry Potter, the triumph of fandom, and the future of creativity. 
Harry Potter launched a phenomenon that’s seldom acknowledged and barely understood, but that’s as powerful and lasting as the books themselves: the first massive internet-born fandom. That fandom and its legacy have transformed today’s cultural landscape—creating new audiences, nurturing new billion-dollar media properties, and forever changing the way creators and consumers interact with each other and with the world.
It's been over 15 years since FictionAlley first went live, and we want to thank all of you for being a part of this fandom, and creating this legacy that continues to have fantastic and magical vibrations and unexpected impacts on so many things in pop culture, society and even politics. Let's keep changing the world!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Mugglenet Academia

FictionAlley founder Heidi Tandy was a guest on this week's Mugglenet Academia's podcast for Lesson 49: “Rights, Copyrights, and Playwrights - The Legal Side of Rowling’s Magic” 
The Lesson features a deep dive into publishing and licensing procedures, the impact of a well-drafted contract, relationships between J.K. Rowling. her literary agents and Warner Bros. and the legal frameworks of copyrights and trademarks on merchandising and extended content such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Cursed Child productions and subsequent book productions. What are some of the legal ins and outs associated with all of these projects and who leads it all? Is it Rowling herself, Blair Partnerships, or the Harry Potter Global Franchise Division?
Click the Play button below to listen, or download via the link above, or access the podcast via iTunes

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Have you read "Cursed Child" yet? Have you seen it?

The Cursed Child discussion forum is open in FictionAlley Park - as of now the spoiler policy is in effect until August 10, 2016 but we may change that to August 2.
Was it magical? Was it everything you expected? Let's flail, squee and discuss it together.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Fantastic Beasts Livecast from SDCC

We are live at the Fantastic Beasts livecast from Leavesden & San Diego Comuc Con - you can follow along at for a Q&A with the cast & director -- and some magic, too!

Friday, 8 July 2016

The Wizarding World at San Diego Comic-Con

Fantastic Fans SDCC panel 2016
In July of 2016, fans of Harry Potter & the Wizarding World will get to experience a lot of magic at San Diego's world-famous Comic-Con. 
The annual fandom panel will again feature reps from all corners of fandom talking about canon, magic, fandom, and creativity - and include a pre-show with trivia from Dumbledore's Army of Los Angeles. 
On the Expo Floor, Funko will showcase their new Newt Scamander figure, and many hope Fantastic Beasts will be featured at SDCC in other ways, too! We'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016


Witches and wizards are heading to Las Vegas from July 7 - 10 for a fantastic fan convention, LEVIOSA! Experience a weekend of Harry Potter & YA Literature amazingness–get panels, workshops, meet-ups, performances, special events like our Magical Ball & more! 
Day passes are still available on their site, and at the event at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Henderson, NV. 

Friday, 1 April 2016

Fantastic 20s and How to Time Travel to Them

In honor of the forthcoming release of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (Pt. 1), we're reverting to our Wizarding World of the 1920s theme, thanks to lovely artistry from Starling and Priscilla. We're time traveling through over twelve years of fandom, and about 90 years of history, to recapture the fashionable shine of decades past. (And weren't they prescient? As good at predicting the future and the past as Professor Trelawney!)

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Fan Film Rec

Last summer, FA's Heidi moderated the Harry Potter Fandom panel at San Diego's Comic Con; one of her panelists was Justin Zagri, whose fan film - Severus Snape & the Marauders - is now up on YouTube. Check it out here, because fan creativity in any medium is magic!

(Update: Entertainment Weekly loved it, too!)

Thursday, 14 January 2016

RIP Alan RIckman

Today, we lost our beloved Alan Rickman to cancer, and we raise our wands in his memory.

Our friends at the HP Alliance memorialized him, magically; they speak for us:

"This is what we’re about. The idea that story can change the world is at the heart of what we do and how we do it.

"But before we were building an organization, planning campaigns, or sharing in the power of story and the power of love with a community built on both, we were reading and watching Harry Potter. We were being enchanted by actors like Alan Rickman, who brought our very favorite story to life with incomparable commitment and skill. To think about the films is to think about that inimitable sneer, that drawl nobody can ever unhear.

"Those performances and their impact never faded. In the past month alone, we’ve seen references to Alan Rickman’s Snape in puppet shows and lyrics, from Yule Balls to Draco and the Malfoys’ house show. And in the years before that? Too many good times to count. We don’t think Alan could possibly know exactly how many or exactly how grateful we are.

The truest thing Severus Snape ever said was simple: “It’s real for us.” It all is: the message, the memories, the magic. The best way to move forward is to carry that with us.

"If that first potions scene struck fear - or anger - into your heart, if Alan Rickman’s immaculate portrayal made you feel something, to want to do something, to want to be kinder and to never abuse your power over those in your care and to stick it to the man, that was real. It is real. The power of a community coming together in a time of darkness and creating light is real, too. Don’t lose sight of it. Use it to change the world."

FictionAlley was founded on the belief that creativity is magic; Alan - Professor Rickman - showcased creativity and magic in all he did. Our thoughts are with his family and friends today - and also with all of you. Our grief is real, legitimate and worthy of sharing within our fandom community.

And also, FUCK CANCER.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Return to the Wizarding World

If you can't see the video and/or want some specific analysis, Pottermore has, well, more.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Five Days Til the FB Trailer!

We just heard from WB that the "announcement trailer" for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will debut on December 15, 2015; a teaser for the announcement is already live at
Are you as excited as we are to watch the wizarding world expand before our eyes?

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Fic Prompt. Art Prompt. Meta Prompt.

That's Eddie Redmayne as Newt.
On the floor is the Seal of the Magical Congress of the United States.
And here is the forum to discuss anything and everything related to Fantastic Beasts.
Our archives already host dozens of fics inspired by JKR's 2001 Fantastic Beasts schoolbook - and we look forward to seeing what the movie - and ancillary stories - inspire!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

JK Rowling's Wizarding World Presents:

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The tagline on their tumblr is "Prepare yourself, for the beasts are coming…."
To quote our friend MarkDoesStuff: We are not prepared!
You can now follow Fantastic Beasts all over social media:

FB Official Site –          FB Facebook Page – Instagram - @FantasticBeastsMovieFB Twitter - @FantasticBeastsFB Tumblr –

Go forth and follow, reblog, like, bookmark and get ready, because the Beasts are coming, a year from this month. 

Friday, 30 October 2015

Cursed Child Update

Tickets go on sale this morning (UK/US time) for Harry Potter & the Curesed Child, which opens on the London stage late next spring - and we've opened a thread for discussion of rumors, clues from the summary, and eventually, "canon-chat" - including a new poll. We'll have a Googledoc soon where you can list the dates you're going, so you can coordinate for dinner between the shows with fellow fandomers.
Did you get tickets during the pre-sale, or are you trying today (or both)?
What do you think of the play summary?

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

This Is Halloween!

For all Harry Potter fans, it's a day of mixed feelings -yes, Voldemort killed James and Lily on Halloween (and Petttigrew killed a lot of Muggles on November 1) but it's also the anniversary of Ron and Harry getting over themselves and becoming best friends with Hermione. Plus, cosplaying as your favorite witch or wizard is awesome - and giving sherbet lemons to Trick or Treaters is magical.

This year, alongside The Harry Potter Alliance, we’re throwing a big, virtual Halloween party with no beginning, no end, no IRL location, and a lot of fun!

Like all great parties, this one doesn’t exist in a certain time or space. To attend the party, all you have to do is share your Halloween costume or recent cosplay in honor of our Fan Works Are Fair Use campaign. FWAFU sets out to stand up for all the ways fans channel their love of their favorite stories into new creations, from fanfiction to fan art and beyond. One of our favorite forms of fan creation is cosplay - what better time to show off all of our creative interpretations of our favorite characters than Halloween?
It’s pretty simple: take a photo in costume (this is even easier if you’re heading out to a party this weekend - just snap a picture on your way out or once there!), encourage the world to sign up at by including the url and a call to action in your caption, and tag us (we’re thehpalliance and fictionalley just about everywhere). We even have a nifty frame you can add to your photo for maximum spookiness. Bonus points for recruiting your friends at IRL Halloween parties.
We’ll be celebrating from now until Halloween, so get your photos ready! Whatever your fandom, we want to see it - especially if you've done a crossover between Harry Potter and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton musical, or one of the stories by Harry Potter fans  like Rainbow Rowell (Simon Snow series aka Carry On), Lev Grossman (Magicians series), Cassie Clare (Mortal Instruments series) or Aimee Carter (Goddess series). 
Fanworks Are Fair Use and Creativity Is Magic have been the missions and themes at FictionAlley since we were founded. We are proud to stand with The HP Alliance to protect fanworks and fan creativity. 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Cursed Child Ticket Sale

Harry Potter is coming to the London Stage! Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany,Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne will receive its world premiere in London’s West
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End at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016. Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 30, 2015.
ETA Oct. 28, 2015: Tickets through September 20, 2016 are mostly sold out. Tickets for performances from September 21, 2016 to January 8, 2017 are now on sale if you preregistered for the pre-sale and will be on sale to the general public on October 30, 2015 if any are still available.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Positive Fandom

This summer, we've worked with the HP Alliance as they've drafted guidelines that support positive fandom interactions; FictionAlley's been around a long time, and we've seen a lot of discussions over the past fourteen-plus years about issues in and impacting fandomers and fandom; sometimes that gets in the way of creativity and sharing, and sometimes it silences voices, words and insightful contributions.
Positive Fandom logo from the Harry Potter alliance
We agree with the idea shared by the HPA this month - We want our community and all others like it to be safe, constructive, positive spaces.  - so we've read the guidelines at PositiveFandom; we hope that we've always followed the principles and concepts articulated within those statements, and we know you tell us when we don't. 

We know that "fandom is home to endless perspectives on and interpretations of a common material," - that concept is why FictionAlley was founded - and if you're interested in signing onto supporting the guidelines too, that would be magical and awesome. 

And if you're going to be at GeekyCon in Orlando on August 1 (the event goes from July 30 to August 2), Heidi will be talking about legal issues involving fandom, fanworks and fandomers - including the importance of terms of use that include principles like those included in the Positive Fandom guidelines; come by and say hi! 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Buzzfeed Wants More Harry Potter Stories

One of Buzzfeed's newest listicles covers thirteen Harry Potter-verse stories that they'd like to see on the small screen. We've read most of the ideas in fanfic form at one time or another, but seeing them listed on Buzzfeed showcases the awesome depth and breadth of stories from and about the Wizarding World and its inhabitants. What would you rather see? A Prisoner Of Azkaban comic written from the perspectives of Sirius Black and Remus Lupin? A History of Magic miniseries, framed like a documentary? A "Welcome to Night Vale"-esque podcast set at the Ministry of Magic? 
How would your favorite fanfic translate to the small screen - or into a podcast? 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Harry Potter Fandom @ San Diego Comic Con

Fantastic Fans & Where to Find Them poster for Comic Con 2015 - Harry Potter fandom panelSan Diego Comic Con is next week, and there's a number of events on the schedule for Harry Potter fans. Daniel Radcliffe will be at Nerdist at Petco Park on Saturday afternoon for an on-stage Q&A, and on Sunday, SDCC welcomes the return of the annual Harry Potter Fandom Panel.

It'll be July 12 at 10:15 AM in Room 6A; this year, the panelists are:
Adrienne Alwag-Aipia of Dumbledore’s Army of Los Angeles
Alex Benpe of usquidditch
Jackson Bird of The HP Alliance
Alexa Donne of leviosacon
Madhuri Shekar, playwright of Love & Warcraft and frequent FictionAlley author
rachaelvaughn of snapecast (& threepatchpodcast)
Wrocker Sunny Williams
Justin Zagri, director of The Greater Good and Severus Snape & the Marauders

Also, on Thursday and Friday, Friend of FA friend Hansi Oppenheimer will have her production team at SDCC to interview fandomers for SQUEE!, her forthcoming documentary on fandom - let her know if you’re interested in doing an interview.
Fandom is my Fandom poster with silhouettes of various tv, book and film characters
Heidi is also modding a panel on fandom which also features FictionAlley founder Flourish Klink.  “Fandom Is Our Fandom, or We All Live in a Coffee Shop AU” is on Thursday at 5 PM in room 14A, and the other panelists are: 
Amanda Brennan (aka continuants) (Community & Content Tumblarian, staff)
flourish klink (Chaotic Good, Inc., Transmedia Producer for eastloshigh)
meredithgene (Fanthropologist, ZEFR)
Aron Levitz (Head of Business Development, wattpad)
elizabethminkel (Writer, New Statesman/The Millions)
Betsy Rosenblatt (Legal Committee Chair, transformativeworks
Missyjack (aka Jules) (Editor in Chief, supernaturalwiki)

You can also catch us at Game of Bloggers on Wednesday night at the Dragon Bar; we're joining Crazy4ComicCon and almost a hundred other websites for fun, celebrations of all things geeky, and great conversation. If you're not able to get to San Diego, we'll be tweeting about all things Harry Potter and fandom from July 8 through the 12th!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child - NOT A PREQUEL - text on a blue background. We were already thrilled beyond all imagining because of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, which will be in movie theaters around the world in November of 2016.

And then, JKR surprised and thrilled us with news of a stage play - Harry Potter & the Cursed Child which she notes is "not a prequel".

It'll be on stage in London at the Palace Theater next summer; we're definitely planning on going!

What about you?

I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the will be opening in London next year.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Friday, 5 December 2014

Harry Potter Short Stories

They're coming this month, not just from fans, but from J.K. Rowling herself!
Starting on December 12, JKR will be posting one story a day on Pottermore - and at least one story will be focused on Draco. No word yet on who - or what - the other eleven stories are about but at least one FictionAlley staffer is hoping for Regulus Black.
What characters would you like to see in JKR's "ficlets"?

Friday, 3 October 2014

Crossposted from tumblr

We saw a question on tumblr this week:
Where is the good Harry Potter fanfiction hiding? The amazing, well written, fluffy stuff with great characters and moments? I know it must be out there somewhere on ao3 but whenever I try to venture in I can only find... weird, weird stuff. Any help would be greatly appreciated :) 

Kellifer_K started the discussion off by asking for recs, and there were some great suggestions (including that people search FA); Heidi wanted to share here what she said over there.

I know that all fandoms have their own natural lifespan but as someone who has spent years involved in Harry Potter fanfiction - and wrote about it for annejamison's FIC book, the fact that people are having a hard time finding Harry Potter fanfic makes my stomach twist. 
AO3 went live six years ago (October 3, 2008) today in a very limited beta - but that was already well over a year after the last Harry Potter book had come out. Harry Potter fanfic was very book-centric, even once the films started coming out, and a large proportion of magical HP fanfic was probably posted between the release of Goblet of Fire in 2000 and Order of the Phoenix in the summer of 2003 - it was called The Three Year Summer (although great stories were definitely written well after that, too!)
Because of this, most Harry Potter fanfic isn’t on AO3. People did go back and upload older fics - but out of the 64000 fics with Harry Potter in them on AO3, perhaps 2500 of them are things people uploaded from their archives after 2008. A lot of people had written wonderful fics but left fandom by then, which is why you won’t find A Certain Point of View or Draco Malfoy, The Amazing Bouncing… Rat?  on AO3. The Shoebox Project is a must-read (fluffy, angsty and perfect) but it’s only on LiveJournal. And I’m not sure the NC17 version of Boys’ Own Camping Adventure exists anywhere anymore because it disappeared when FFN took down all the NC17 fics ten-plus years ago, but the R rated version is still on FictionAlley. Most of the original Alternity fics are gone - flourish and I have looked - and Nocturne Alley’s been closed for over ten years, but they’re still interesting reads.  
Rec lists that were on Geocities are all gone - and most of the links would be broken by now, because people who used to have sites on Angelfire or EZBoard - or who paid for their own domains - have abandoned them by now, but it’s  possible to go to (no relation to AO3 except both are awesome) if you have a dead link and want to see if the archive of that page is still available somehow. But the rec listd above are terrific resources but everyone will have their own favorites - I was looking for a rec list on Sugarquill but couldn’t find one. FictionAlley’s user recs are all over the Park, and there’s a curated set here
What should we do to be a better, more user-friendly resource for people to find fics? FA's content management system needs to be updated (but for that we need either volunteer coders willing to spend a few dozen hours, or funding/donations - let us know if you can help either way via those links)) but what can we do with what we have? 

Friday, 20 June 2014

A View to the Wizarding World

After three days of tweeting from around Hogsmeade, Muggle London and Diagon Alley, this morning included a surprising and spontaneous chance to visit  “both sides of the Wizarding World" without venturing into the Muggle world in between.

The day started with Butterbeer (for breakfast) and a visit with the Sorting Hat. Then I heard - but did not see! - a Thestral at a carriage by Hogsmeade Station, rode the Hogwarts Express to King’s Cross and spotted the Knight Bus - and some Sherlock Holmes books - by The Leaky Cauldron (their sign on the Wizarding side leaks).
I can’t wait to come back for the experience of walking into Diagon Alley with witches and wizards. I still haven’t ridden through Gringotts or seen the Beedle tales performance, nor tried Butterbeer soft-serve ice cream in a cone, and even today there were details I saw that I’d missed before - not just on the Hogwarts Express but, believe it or not, on Forbidden Journey!
So many kudos to Universal for this immersive experience. I can’t wait to show some pics & talk about it at the Harry Potter fan panel at Comic Con, and come back for LeakyCon next month, and again and again with family and friends. This place is perfect. It feels magical and detailed and correct and will inspire fans to think about and talk of and even create, and will inspire those who still haven’t read the books - or are just getting to the age where they want to - to love the Wizarding World.
Next stop, Fantastic Beasts, Jo?
We’re ready.

Coming over the weekend, our gallery of photos of detailed elements of the Wizarding World that fill Diagon Alley, Nocturne Alley and Horizontal Alley - we're sure FictionAlley is also around there somewhere with innumerable book shops and art galleries, but we didn't spot an entrance this time.  If you can't wait, check us out on Twitter for brief glimpses of the magic.

Note: Some meal and hotel expenses, as well as park admission, were provided by Universal, although all opinions are our own.