Saturday, April 6, 2013

Harry Potter World Part 3

Part 1 of our Harry Potter World Adventure here

Part 2 of our Harry Potter World Adventure here

After riding the Forbidden Journey, getting to explore Hogwarts, bowing to Buckbeak, we had to explore more of "snow" covered Hogsmeade...

We had heard so much about the Butterbeer and all unanimously decided to get the frozen (you can get frozen, which is blended kinda like a frozen coffee drink or just cold but we'd heard frozen was better).  They top it with foamy white topping which is like straight sugar.  The park creators went back and forth with J.K. Rowling to make Butterbeer taste just like she had imagined it--it was like a lighter, more sasparilly rootbeer with a lovely thick butterscotch flavor from the foam (that tasted better when you mixed it in).  

We totally got the souvenir mugs.  Even though Mary's in Gryffindor we still hang out with her.

We drank Butterbeer, we shopped the shops, we admired every single window display, we bought tons of souvenirs, we mailed postcards that received an "Owl Post" stamp....

We saw wands choose wizards in Ollivander's, hung out in the Hog's Head pub and the 3 Broomsticks, rode both the Chinese Firebolt coaster and the Hungarian Horntail coaster at the Dueling Dragons ride, got another picture with the Hogwarts Express conducter...

Drank MORE Butterbeer (screw calories, this was HOGSMEADE)...

And had the overall time of our lives, with my absolute favorite girls.  They're working on expanding Harry Potter World, and we have already agreed to go back.

Now I watch the movies or play Lego Harry Potter, and I get misty eyed, because we were there, we stood where the characters we grew up with stood, we experienced a little slice of their magical world.  It's something I'll always be able to go back to in my head, how incredible it all was.  

The people at the park were an odd mix of superfans like us (some dressed in full on robes) and people who were kinda like "what's all the fuss about?".  We met one lady there with her son; she'd been reading the books to him for years and they were both geeking out, it was awesome.  Then that made me worry that my kids might not like Harry Potter, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

This cracks me up:  

Have you ever been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or gone on the trip of a lifetime with your favorite folks?


  1. I'm super jealous. I was a Harry Potter fan from way back (like book 4 or 5 when it came out) and then I introduced HP to the hubs before one of the last movies came out (I can't remember if it was 6 or 7pt1). Anyway now we are both Potter lovers and I really want to go to the park! It looks like so much fun!!!!

  2. Thanks for sending me your links. It looks and sounds like you literally had the time of your life! Sometimes its nice to escape reality and step into a magical land. Very cool.


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