the wizarding world of harry potter

Well, as promised, I am today sharing about my experience at Harry Potter land.

Since I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone somewhere in early middle school, I entered a world of magic, mystery, heartache and heroes. In Harry Potter, good triumphs evil, even when evil seems unstoppable. In Harry Potter, friendship and love trump everything else. People can do the impossible and there magic surrounds it all. Harry Potter’s world is a world in which a seemingly ordinary boy can be extraordinary. It is also I will always dream of living in. (And also there are owls everywhere… which is awesome!)

I finally had the opportunity to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. This is something I’ve dreamed of for some time. Every Harry Potter fan fanatic I know has had rave reviews. So, during our vacation to Sarasota, I knew that we had to make the trek over to Orland to see it.

It was worth it. It was so.worth.it. I felt like magic was happening right before my eyes. They really do an amazing job there of creating the experience.

So here are a few pictures we took along the way:

Hogsmeade village was really incredible. It was really more of a mix between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, with all of the shops. We decided to enter to long line for Ollivander’s wand shop, which was totally worth it! The presentation they do inside was very cool, but I was obviously very jealous of the kid who got to do it… Anyway, the amount of detail around the village was really incredible, including cool stuff like the screaming poster of Sirius Black and bludgers that tried to escape their chains in the quidditch supplies box.

This is my first butterbeer experience. It was delicious! Creamy, frothy and smooth. Kevin tried the Hogshead brew of real beer instead. Butterbeer tastes like ultra-rich cream soda with a hint of butterscotch. I wish there was a recipe somewhere…

The ride inside of Hogwarts castle was definitely the most amazing part of the experience. Through the use of a 4D that spins and turns, they created an atmosphere that I was truly lost in. With floating dementors and spitting spiders, we wove our way on broomstick behind Harry. We were nearly knocked off our “brooms” by the Whomping Willow! Through screens, hollograms and 3D props and characters, that ride was really very awesome. Even the walk to the ride was cool although we got bumped to the front of the line for some reason, so we didn’t really get to soak it all in.

Anyway, that was my experience at Harry Potter world. I highly recommend it for any other enthusiasts (read obsessed nerds) out there as it truly brings some of the magic to life.

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