Harry Potter fans rejoice! Melbourne is home to many fun, unique and amazing Harry Potter experiences, starting with the premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child outside of the West End and Broadway and exclusive to Melbourne in Australia.
If you’re a Potterhead then check out my Top 12 Harry Potter themed experiences in Melbourne. Be quick though, some of these experiences will be gone quicker than you can say ‘Expelliarmus!’
The two-part, 5 hour theatrical spectacular Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the hottest tickets in town and Melbourne is the first location outside of London and New York to show the much-lauded play.
At this stage there are tickets right up until December but it’s expected to play at the Princess Theatre for several years. Read my review.
The tickets are not cheap so every week, set your alarms for the ‘Friday Forty’.
Every Friday, 40 tickets for every performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the following week will be released via TodayTix for some of the very best seats in the theatre at $40 per part, per ticket ($80 total).
To enter The Friday Forty, click here or download the TodayTix app.
You can enter The Friday Forty at any time from Monday at 12.01AM (AEDT) until 1.00PM (AEDT) every Friday, for performances the following week. At 1PM every Friday the lottery will close, and the winners will be notified between 1.00pm (AEDT) and 5.00pm (AEDT) the same day. Winners must claim their tickets within 1 hour of notification.
Winners pay $40 per part, per ticket ($80 total per person), securing a seat for both Part One and Part Two in consecutive performances the following week. Winners are able to purchase a maximum of two tickets for both Part One and Part Two in one transaction, and can pick up tickets at the Box Office on the day of their performance.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Princess Theatre, Spring St Melbourne
The Store of Requirement is a Harry Potter themed shop for all your wizarding needs. It’s Australia’s number 1 supplier of official Harry Potter merchandise and even serves Butterbeer from taps in store!
The Store of Requirement. 6 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066 0490 332 623
Monday & Tuesday: 12pm-7pm Open for School Holidays only
Wednesday to Friday: 12pm-7pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10am-5pm
The Wizard’s Suite is available from 21 February 2019 and will be filled with officially licensed merchandise from a certain magical world, including wands, officially licensed artwork and magical items. Guests will receive a special lolly pack and stationery kit to take home!
The Wizard’s Suite, The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street Melbourne 03 9633 6001
From 21 February 2019
A mid-week booking will set you back $699, while a weekend stay will cost you $899
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is presenting a film concert of the fourth Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix after successful screenings of the first four films. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s score.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Thursday 15 August – Saturday 17 August 2019
Tickets from $49
Music-only seats $29
Featuring some of the finest improvisers Melbourne has to offer, Soothsayers Completely Improvised Potter returns to Melbourne International Comedy Festival after two consecutive sold out seasons.
Soothsayers Completely Improvised Potter tells what could have been a Harry Potter story….but was not!
Soothsayers Completely Improvised Potter, Trades Hall – The Meeting Room, 54 Victoria St, Carlton
Thu 28 Mar – Sun 21 Apr
Tickets from $22
Little Shop of Horrors Costumery in Mornington holds regular Harry Potter themed workshops and classes on the weekends and over the school holidays, as well as selling Harry Potter costumes in store and online.
Little Shop of Horrors Costumery, 6/1 Watt Rd, Mornington (03) 5977 1288
Monday to Thursday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sundays & Public Holidays Closed.
Sun Theatre has a Hogwarts Party Room where you can host your next wizardy birthday party or function.
Pre-book your preferred film and event $25 (2D films) $28 (3D film) for a minimum of 12 kids. Children will be assigned a party host and receive a mini popcorn and soft drink combo to enjoy whilst watching the film. The Hogwarts Party Room seats up to 24 and the party food includes, sausage rolls, party pies, fairy bread, potato crisps, soft drink and a lolly bag.
Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville, VIC 3013 (03) 9362 0999
TRAPT have created a magical escape room for you to explore and escape, called Alchemy. The Harry Potter themed room requires you to work out a series of riddles in order to hunt down the mythical Philosopher’s Stone.
TRAPT, Basement, 377 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
For a limited time
From $80 for a team of 2
For the adult Harry Potter fans, The Wizard Den is a pop up event in April by The Cauldron Bar. Join in a 90 minute cocktail masterclass where the drinks are swirled around in smoking cauldrons and spells are cast with your very own magic wand.
Tickets are not yet on sale, sign up to be notified here.
There are six magical “stores” ie booths seating 10-2o people. Like Diagon Alley, you’ll find owl shop The Owlery, book shop Spring St Spell Books, toy shop Impossible Feats of Trickery, wand shop Bourke St Wands, antique store Wills and Burke and wizarding bank WIZPAC Bank. Guests can try a special menu of Harry Potter themed ‘potions’ ie cocktails (there’s a non-alcoholic Buttah Beer for little ones) and Harry Potter themed shared plates of food.
Imperial Hotel Vertic Alley, 2-8 Bourke St, Melbourne
Open seven days a week, from 11am until late
Friday, February 8, 2019 – Friday, May 31, 2019
11. A Weekend at Hogwarts
This semester at Hogwarts School of Wizards and Witches, those who chose the Potions class will be pleased to know that the team at StoryVille have discovered a new secret cocktail formula. The magical weekend will be kicking off with the ‘NEW Cocktail Menu Launch’ Party on Friday 1 March followed by a creepy ‘Muggles Cauldrons LIVE’ on Saturday 2 March and the all in ‘Hogwarts Goes Frat’ Party to wrap up the weekend! You’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a Harry Potter inspired cocktail masterclass.
Friday 1 March – Sunday 3 March 2019
A Harry Potter-themed brunch ‘The Wizard’s Brunch’ in the ‘Great Hall’ has just been and gone in Melbourne and is now embarking on a world tour.
Guests feasted on dishes inspired by the books, drank ‘magic potions’ and enjoyed games of Quidditch, sorting ceremonies and wand lessons.
Hopefully they will return to Melbourne soon!
Click here for my review of the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
Click here for my review of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood