Melissa Anelli is author of the New York Times best-selling book Harry, A History, which chronicles the phenomenon of the Harry Potter franchise. She is also the webmistress of The Leaky Cauldron, a leading Harry Potter fansite, as well as the co-host of the site’s official podcast, PotterCast.

Before the park’s grand opening, Harry Potter expert Melissa Anelli was magically granted access into Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter for a “chill-inducing” walk through the gates of Hogwarts and a taste of some genuine “butterbeer.”