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Harry Potter in LA: Conductor Leads Virtual Tour

The Hogwarts Express is wending through Universal Studios Hollywood, and you're invited.

Los Angeles, it's often said, is the city where trends begin and fashion phenomena take firm root.

Can it be long, then, before everyone in Southern California, and points elsewhere, are rocking some serious Conductor Chic?

Consider that one of the most hotly anticipated 2016 arrivals, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, now has a smartly attired conductor has its first elegant emissary. As the maestro at the controls of the Hogwarts Express, he's the perfect person to lead fans eager for an early peek into the experience.

Have your ticket handy? Nope, it does not need to be punched, but you will need to enter the station, the station where you'll board this particular virtual tour, via the recently launched interactive site for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The station's handle? Why it's Hogsmeade, of course. 

"I'll be guiding you to all the best spots, places to feast, and even where Harry Potter's wand chose him," promises the conductor in the welcome video. Enchanted locations shown on the tour include The Three Broomsticks, where "hearty fare" is on the menu, and Honeyduke's, a shoppe "famous for their wonderful and colorful suites" is also called upon, virtually.

"A series of virtual videos" will roll out ahead of the spring 2016 opening of the magical land, so you've got more tours to anticipate. To keep fully informed on every last spellbinding reveal, best keep tabs and follow all the updates at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's online HQ.

As for the coming of Conductor Chic to the store aisles of Los Angeles, and then to the rest of the planet? Who wouldn't want to don a well-cut vest with shiny buttons and a pocket watch to boot? It's handsome, timeless stuff, and a look loaded with natural, easy elegance.

The only question that remains is this: Will all things Harry Potter come to influence much of Southern California's fashion and food output over the next year or two, in light of Wizarding World's debut?

We'll have another butterbear and a heaping handful of Bertie Botts Beans as we ponder how Potter'd LA is set to become in the months ahead, starting with more conductor-style vest-wearing.

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