Dressing the part at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Universal Studios seems to be a right of passage for Harry Potter fans. So much that purchasing robes are as common as buying a wand or a chocolate frog.
There is one main place in which you can buy robes at the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and that is at Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions. Robes start at $115 + tax and you buy robes from all four houses along with some of your favourite characters such as Dumbledore.
You can find a number of other types of merchandise and apparel within the stores in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade along with a magical creature or two.
Table of Contents
- Can You Wear Your Own Robes?
- Where Can You Buy Robes At Universal Studios?
- Can You Wear Robes Inside Universal Studios?
- How Much Do The Robes Cost?
- What Different Robes Can You Purchase?
- Do The Universal Studios Harry Potter Robes Come With A Wand Pocket?
- Should You Buy Robes Before Going To Universal Studios?
- Are The Universal Studios Harry Potter Robes Worth Buying?
Can You Wear Your Own Robes?
There are few rules and restrictions on clothing and costume as Universal Studios and while certain items are not permitted, robes are completely fine to wear. As they sell them within the parks they cannot restrict others wearing them upon entry into the parks.
Additional items such as brooms however will be against the rules and more often than not taken off you or ask you to take them back to your car. This is at the discretion of the security and staff on the day.
Where Can You Buy Robes At Universal Studios?
There is a whole host of places you can buy Harry Potter Merchandise but if you are looking for robes you want to look at 3 main places.
The first is, of course, Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions. Here you can find every robe and dress robe there is to buy. From Hermione’s Yule Ball Gown to Dumbledore’s robes and the standard robes from each of the four houses.
There are some of the costumes and robes on display on mannequins within the shop. This is a super fun place to shop as it is in keeping with the story, theme and is so magical to be inside. You will find Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions in Diagon Alley.
The next place to find great merchandise from all over the park is Islands Of Adventure’s Islands Trading Company. Here you will find a large store with plenty of everything you could want or need before you leave the park.
They sometimes change what they store inside so if you don’t find robes, you will definitely find them at Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions in Universal Studios.
If you are looking for robes and more specifically Quidditch robes you will want to head to Quality Quidditch Supplies in Diagon Alley (Universal Studios). Here you can find the Quidditch robes that Harry and the team wore during a match. There are other items such as jumpers, sweatshirts, trousers and t-shirts on sale here too.
You can also find Harry Potter merchandise located in CityWalk in the large Universal Studios shop there. There is no guarantee they will always sell robes but have been seen there before.
Can You Wear Robes Inside Universal Studios?
You can wear your robes everywhere in Universal Studios, there is no limited area in which you can wear them as it is an item of clothing. It is very common to see many other guests young and old wearing robes around the park.
There are certain rides that you may not be permitted to wear them as they may get caught or cause danger to you or others. If this is the case the Universal Studios team member will ask you to leave your robes in a locker or with a non-rider companion.
How Much Do The Robes Cost?
The official Universal Studios Harry Potter robes cost $115. This is within the park grounds and are at the highest price.
You can, however, purchase robes elsewhere before you come to Universal Studios at a more affordable rate and save the extra money and put it towards a wand or magical creature.
What Different Robes Can You Purchase?
At Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions you can find your standard school robes for each of the four houses; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. You can also find Hermione’s Yule Tide Ball gown, Dumbledore’s robes and Professor Snape.
You can also find a number of other items from t-shirts, school jumpers, Harry and Ron’s Christmas jumper along with Quidditch Robes from the four houses.
There is also a number of different styles of apparel from t-shirts, pj’s, leggings, shorts and hats with different slogans, colours and Hogwarts Houses on.
Do The Universal Studios Harry Potter Robes Come With A Wand Pocket?
All robes sold at Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood come with a pocket on the inside of the robes. This pocket is designed to hold your wand when you are not doing spells or using magic.
Each pocket is large enough and long enough to fit in the interactive wands and normal wands sold within the Universal Studios parks.
Should You Buy Robes Before Going To Universal Studios?
There is no definitive answer to whether you should buy your robes before your trip or during your trip. It depends on your budget and how much you want to wear a robe during your time at Universal Studios.
Many people buy second hand Universal Studio’s robes from eBay to pack into their luggage to bring to the parks with them. Alternatively, you can buy robes from supermarkets or costume shops are at a cheaper rate.
If you are working within a budget or just trying to be friendly to your wallet look at purchasing your robes or interactive wand before heading to Universal Studios (the wand is a cheaper item to buy within the park and comes with a better experience overall).
Another bonus if you are located in the USA is that you can buy your official Universal Studios robes online and get them delivered to your door. This makes a great surprise for anyone for birthdays, Christmas or even before a trip.
Are The Universal Studios Harry Potter Robes Worth Buying?
If you are a huge Harry Potter fan you might be wondering whether or not to go the full hog and get the robes, wand and maybe even a magical creature to sit on your shoulder while at Universal Studios. But you might also be wondering if buying the robes at the parks is worth it.
There are a couple of things you might want to ask yourself before buying the robes from Universal Studios;
- Will you wear them all day in the heat?
- Will they be used when you get home?
- Where will they be stored if not worn around the parks?
- Would you prefer an interactive wand or robes?
If you don’t plan to wear your robes most of the day (the weather can get extremely hot, especially in summer) where will you store your robes? There are lockers in the park but you have to pay for those, so that is extra money you could save for something else.
There is no denying that the quality of the robes is the best you will find on the market. They are made from thick, study and long lasting fabric. They are the most accurate replica of those used in filming and so if you want to look genuine and really have the best there is, then yes they are worth it.
If you are super fan and will go home after your trip and wear your robe while you make your morning coffee, then yes they are worth it. I think if you are an adult buying for yourself it is easier to understand the worth and value of the robes themselves.
If you are looking to buy for children, I would say the cost of the robes is not worth it. There are plenty of good quality versions on the market which you can find for a fraction of the price. I would personally buy robes in advance and use the fun money to buy an interactive wand instead.
You might find when you return home that the robe is thrown into a draw or into the back of the wardrobe and forgotten about (just like you thought). You can sell it either through eBay, on a local selling page or within a Harry Potter fan group on Facebook.
Personally, I would save my money to use going to Ollivander’s and choosing a wand. As they are cheaper and have more of an experience connected to them as well as more interactive things to do within Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
If you plan to wear your robes most of your trip and in the parks along with really using them at home and want to invest in quality then the Universal Studios Harry Potter robes are worth buying.
If you are buying for children or wish to dress up for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter land-only or are on a budget then the Harry Potter robes from Universal Studios are not worth it.