Wow, just wow. My trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I will try to contain myself. Really, I will, but I feel like a fourth grader going to school with the best, most awesome show and tell ever.

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My family just returned from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida… and despite the many adjectives that I want to use to summarize the experience, the one word that continues to return is… Wow. (Quick note, wow is not an adjective.)

J. K. Rowling created a magical world when she wrote the Harry Potter series… a magical world that children and adults alike fawned over as we poured over the books, watched the movies, and dressed up like characters awaiting the next release.

Walking around Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, I was amazed on so many levels.

As a parent, my heart warmed to see my teenagers excited about the world they walked into. Several years ago, my daughter had asked Santa to send her to Hogwarts… had this park been open then, I believe she would have felt she was truly there.

As a reader, I relished in the attention to detail taken to make this replica feel authentic. Butterbeer was beyond my expectation, the trading cards in the chocolate frogs were holographic, and the Hogwarts Express… sorry, have to use wow again. Just wow.

As a writer, I stood in awe of the world created by pen, paper, and the imagination of J. K Rowling. A world not just  vividly created but one that readers would want to visit to experience for themselves.

This trip will be remembered as one of my favorite vacations.

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King’s Cross

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The Hogwarts Express

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Cold cup of Butterbeer from the Leaky Cauldron

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Three Broomsticks at Hogsmeade


A chocolate frog 🙂

So, to summarize my trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter… wow, just wow.

9 thoughts on “Wow, just wow. My trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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  2. As a Harry Potter fanatic, I’m extremely jealous that you got to go there for vacation. I wish my parents would take my siblings and I there!!


  3. I hate to say that’s not my genre, but I truly love your enthusiasm, Elsie, and the opportunity to share special books, movies and your trip with your family. I’m so happy it exceeded your expectations – we need that kind of ‘WOW’ every once in awhile 😊

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  4. Wow is the BEST word! Since we only live 3 hrs away, we have annual passes 🙂 This weekend we’re going again b/c they’re doing a special HP weekend where many of the stars will be there (although not the main 3, of course). SOOOO excited! I’ll be sure to post about it so you can hate me 😉 hahaha. I’m in awe of this world Rowling created and wish I could write books that inspired a theme park!


    • Jamie, I will be jealous… but i wish you a wonderful time. And please do post…everything… all the details!! Pictures too!! I hope you’ve had a fabulous week with the release of 18 Thoughts!


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