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Universal Orlando Merchandise Video Review: Interactive Marauder’s Map from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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All those who have seen or read the Harry Potter stories have probably wished they had a magical Marauder’s Map to surreptitiously surveil their kids or co-workers. Since opening in 2010 with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando‘s Islands of Adventure, Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods (located at the exit of the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride) has stocked souvenir Marauder’s Maps that, while handsomely detailed, are decidedly inert.

As of a couple weeks ago, Filch’s has begun selling a new electronic interactive version of the Marauder’s Map that is exclusive to Universal Parks and the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. The new maps, which retail for $59.95, feature light-up footsteps and sound effects that are triggered by a “magic” wand.

Watch this video for an in-depth look at the Map’s features. To be frank, I was a bit disappointed by the limited interactivity it offered, and the wand was sometimes unresponsive (make sure the tip touches the magnetized area just below the characters’ names), but it’s sure to be a must-have for hardcore Harry Potterphiles.

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Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

8 thoughts on “Universal Orlando Merchandise Video Review: Interactive Marauder’s Map from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • The magical map? Sounds interesting! I would like to have one. I have also some good news to tell you which I hear from the website-skycostum.com. Here are the news.
    Danny Radcliffe, the leading role in Harry Porter’s will be in the TV screen showing his face in public again. The second season of “a young doctor’s notes” series co starred by him and the “advertising madman” Jo Hamm will be launched on the Sky Arts station on November, the 21th. “Harry Potter” and “advertising madman” with this strange combination will attack again.

  • This is a bit of a letdown. When I saw the post title, I was thinking of some kind of e-paper that would be interactive over the entire map. But this looks more like a plain paper map attached to a box of lights.
    The footprints appearing to meet up is kind of neat, but not nearly $60 worth of neat.

    • I don’t disagree, I’m still waiting for a take-home version of the store’s display map that has projected footprints all over…


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