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YMMV / Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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  • Audience Participation Failure: Hermione tells guests to say "Observatory" for the Floo Powder to work its magic in getting them there, but one can't be sure if they're either too taken in by the scenery or too busy getting strapped in to listen.
  • Broken Base: The ride tends to be this among theme park fans, with many praising it for its effects and ride technology, while others criticize it for what they view as its near-incomprehensible storyline and sloppy pacing.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Sorting Hat animatronic that appears just before the loading station is extremely popular with guests, and pictures of it are taken quite often.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The ride and the area surrounding it was so popular that Universal Studios Japan wanted their own version ASAP. And so they got one.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The entire scene with the Dementors.
  • Tear Jerker: Among the many killed in the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting was Luis Vielma, a Universal employee who had worked for this attraction. He was killed just because he was gay. Shortly after the tragedy, a small event was held in front of the ride where all those in attendance raised their wands up into the air in his memory. Here's a video of the ceremony, but be forewarned that it's not easy to watch.
  • Special Effects Failure: The dragon's CGI has not aged well at all.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some particularly-obsessive HP trivia fans would've liked to hear Dumbledore's account of Hogwarts' history before heading out into the Forest with the Trio.
  • Unexpected Character: The trio are skipping out on Professor Binns, who was completely Adapted Out of the film series. It’s a treat to hear the movie actors talking about him.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Nearly everything about the ride and its theming. They really made sure to have everything look like it came from the films. Special mention goes to the Sorting Hat, due to being an impressive practical effect despite the fact that the Hat has always been a CGI effect in the past.


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