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