Guys, I realize I only read to book four before we went to THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER in Universal Studios so everything I’m about to say may be null and void to you. However, I promise you that I will read all seven books when I get them from my house next weekend. BECAUSE, THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER is the most epic experience.
Seriously…we couldn’t even find Diagon Alley until we watched some people sneak behind a wall. The first day, we rode the Hogwarts Express and saw Hogwarts and did a walk through. We obviously also drank butter beer (IN EVERY FORM BECAUSE IT’S DELICIOUS). And we were talking about how much the other part of it sucks (Universal) and this part of it was so great (Islands of Adventure). Little did we know that the next day we would find Diagon Alley and Knockturn alley and literally stand there like doofs in awe when we came through the little passage.
We. nerded. out.
There are interactive wands. You can turn in your muggle money for goblin gallions. There’s a dragon that breathes fire (although we could never actually catch him doing it, we just had to look at other people’s shots from Instagram). There’s butter beer which you will see mentioned about fourteen more times in this blog post. All the buildings are so accurate. JK Rowling had to come down to look at the plans and choose all the most precise colors and design everything exactly how she had imaged it in her mind.
We bought beanies, the boyfriend is obviously a Gryffindor and I am clearly a Slytherin. So, naturally, the whole time all the Wizarding World Staff said, “It’s always sad when a Weasley goes bad.” We got a (he who shall not be named) wand for my nephews birthday and the wands are so well made. They are study and fascinating. Truly, the Sirius wand spoke to me with all its symbols and strategy, but wands are expensive and so are real lambs wool sweaters, and Hogwarts notebooks that were made by the same people who made them for the movie and especially robes.
All I can say is that I came home with a whole lot of magic and a new found love for the series. The fact that one woman’s mind created that much quirk is beyond me. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the Wizarding World.
PS. I still think Harry Potter should have died totally in the last book.