You've read the books, seen the films, and celebrated the characters you love. Now head to Changi Airport and experience what it’s like to be in A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi!
Before you set out to visit the beautiful installation inspired by Diagon Alley, one of the most well-known wizarding locations in the Harry Potter stories, we’ve come up with 5 pro-tips to help you make the best out of your visit. Get ready to try your hand at a variety of magical activities from now till 6 Jan!
Pro-tip 1: 3 wizarding essentials you should get ready before queuing
Snap a shot at Hogsmeade Village and fulfill 1 of 3 wizarding essentials needed to enter Diagon Alley.
Step 1: Take 3 different photos at the various event set-ups and include the #ChangiWizardingWorld hashtag when posting them on Instagram, Facebook, WeChat or Weibo. Here’s where you can find them:
• Whomping Willow at T2 (opposite Krispy Kreme), Level 2
• Hogsmeade Village at T3 (outside Departure entrance), Level 2
• Grand Staircase at T3 (behind Hogsmeade Village), Level 2
• Diagon Alley at T3 (near Old Town White Coffee), Level 2
• Newt’s Menagerie at T1 (Transit, Central Piazza), Level 2
Step 2: Download the free iChangi App.
Step 3: Prepare your identity card or passport.
Show these to the staff at Diagon Alley to redeem a digital queue number with an SMS alert once it’s your turn.
Pro-tip 2: Know which Hogwarts House you want to rep
Come dressed in your Sunday best and accessorise with your preferred Hogwarts House robe at Madam Malkin’s for a snazzy shot in front of a magical photo-taking mirror!
Whether you’re in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin, you’ll want to spend more time in front of the magical photo-taking mirror instead of fussing over which robes to don. Get your best wizarding moves on and download the GIFs onto your phone!
Pro-tip 3: Watch how it’s done before picking up a wand
Alohomora? Incendio? Wingardium leviosa? Flaunt your spell-casting prowess at the Wand Challenge booth!
It can get a little confusing at first, but all you need to do to improve your spell casting skills is to listen to the instructions carefully and watch how the person in front of you does it before your turn at the Wand Challenge. By the time it’s your turn, you’ll be flicking, swishing and waving your hand like a natural. Just like one of the characters from the Harry Potter films!
Pro-tip 4: Slow and easy is the way to go for the Niffler Challenge Game
It’s a game of luck and strategy over at the Niffler Challenge Game booth!
The aim here is to have Niffler’s plate topple on your end to win. Each round, the staff will spin a wheel to determine the number of coins to place on the plate. Distribute them evenly on your end of the plate slowly, with about a quarter of the coin jutting out of the plate. You don’t want your coins to end up toppling over and distributing the weight to your opponent’s side.
Pro-tip 5: Don't miss out on these highly Instagrammable spots
Take a walk through Hogsmeade Village and visit familiar shopfronts inspired by the films!
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Free flight to Hogwarts at @changiairport ☺💫 Everything is so realistic here and it truly feels magical 🤩 The Harry Potter themed installations are open to public at Terminals 1,2 and 3 and there's also a merchandise store for all Harry Potter fans 😱 #ChangiWizardingWorld #harrypotter
Don't forget to drop by the life-size Whomping Willow set-up over at Terminal 2, Departure Hall.
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5 points to Gryffindor! Finally saw @elleyamada after like... 6 years of “knowing” each other on Instagram? 😂 If you love or even just semi-like Harry Potter you should definitely check out the #ChangiWizardingWorld at @changiairport! ⚡️ Most of the areas are open to public & I got to bag home this cute Hedwig plushie 🦉 #thisisnotanad
Within the set inspired by Hogsmeade Village are rows of shopfronts you’ll find familiar, like Honeydukes and Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop. They'll make great backdrops for your next Instagram post!
Once you’re done there, take a quick walk around the back and enter the set inspired by Hogwarts’ Grand Staircase, complete with recreations of some of the best-known portraits as seen in the Harry Potter films lining the walls.
Bonus tip: It gets even more magical if you come on the weekends
What's Christmas without a little snow? The area inspired by Hogsmeade Village over at T3 will turn into a white wonderland of lights and snow at 1pm, 6pm, 7pm and 9pm. And if you’ve always wanted to own a unique 'moving' photo, head over to the Grand Staircase at 3pm or 5pm. You’ll get to pose with the magical portraits and create your own lenticular photo.
Discover the full line-up of wizarding and magical activties here.
*Diagon Alley activities are available from now till 6 January while Hogsmeade Village activities are available from now till mid-Feb at Terminal 3, Public Area. Do ensure that you have a valid Singapore visa to enter the Public Area if you would like to enjoy the full experience.