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