Harry Potter and the Neverending Rain

I was the kid that stayed up all night with her flashlight under the covers reading books. I still do sometimes, though not with a flashlight under the covers anymore. It’s as the saying goes: “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” And there’s no book that took me to so many magical places like the Harry Potter series did.

You are reading the post of one true Harry Potter addict. The robes, the spells, the sorting hat, the animals, the set, the movies, I love it all. All the first prints of all the books are displayed in my book case at home and there are extra editions for reading (because the first ones have to remain undamaged) Basically, you can state that I suffer from HP obsessive – compulsive disorder 😉

That being said, you can imagine what was number one on my to-do list coming to Florida! I can tell you one thing, it sure wasn’t Disney World! Universal Studios topped the list once word got out that both Harry Potter Lands opened there last year. So, 150$ poorer, there we were roaming the streets of Diagon Alley and Hogsmead in the rain.

Harry Potter Universal

The Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes threestoryshop, Ollivanders wands, Quidditch supplies, butterbeer, the Leaky Cauldron, I couldn’t believe my eyes, but it was all there. They even had issues of the Daily Prophet lying around including the talking and moving images. And the paintings on the walls in Gringotts and Hogwarts castle also moved and talked just like in the books and movies. It was so absolutely awesome, I didn’t even care that it was raining cats and dogs!

Harry Potter Universal Studios Florida

To get from Hogsmead to Diagon Alley and back, you can actually take the Hogwarts Express from platform 9 and 3/4 at King’s Cross station. As the train makes its way from one end to the other a film plays in the window showing you the exact scenery Harry and his friends used to see while making their way to Hogwarts. On the other side of the carriage door you can see the characters’ shadows and hear them talking to each other. Literally every little detail has been thought out. It’s as if you are one of the main charachters yourself. I absolutely loved every single thing (except the rain ofcourse 😉 ) and I could have just stayed in these two parts of the park all day if my husband weren’t with me.

Harry Potter studio

Luckily there’s also fun stuff for the less obsessed visitors. The main attractions are the two rollercoasters in Gringotts bank and Hogwarts. Though you are traveling with Harry Potter and his friends who’re trying to flee dementors, HE who shall not be named and other scary death eaters, the rides themselves are fast and very cool. Definitely not meant for people who suffer from motion sickness, but ofcourse I still had to try it.

Now that I have seen all this, I can’t wait to go to the Warner Bros. Studio in London and experience the making of Harry Potter where it all began! Even though it will probably be raining then too! 😉

4 Comments

  1. Mo

    March 12, 2015

    Not probably…. It will rain for sure in London…!

    • Iman author

      March 12, 2015

      Yeah I know…..still I’m in denial modus. But still, it’s nothing Harry can’t fix 😉

  2. Pat

    March 12, 2015

    That is magical! I had no idea that you also are a Harry Potter nut. I got hooked when I bought the 1st book for my granddaughter’s birthday, but I now confess I read it before I gave it to her. I have every book also, saw every movie at least twice, and now have the DVD’s. Now I have to put Florida and London on my wish list.
    Great write-up.

    • Iman author

      March 12, 2015

      Yes Pat, as you can see I’m a total HP addict, so much so that I even went to London for the launch of the 5th book and to attend the reading by J.K. the night before. It was awesome.
      I got hooked after my bff introduced me to Harry’s wizarding world and it’s with her I have to go to the studios in London hopefully sometime this year. But you’ll read it here when I do 😉
      Thanks for the compliment 🙂

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