Bloody Hell!

Holy crap, January has been busy. 

I took a vacation for my mental health. 

Yay, Hogwarts

That, and it was a Christmas present. Also for my sanity. 

I had been wanting to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter since I saw Hagrid's Hut being built in May of 2009 on my senior trip (what a tease). My mom graced us with the gift of a vacation for Christmas, and last Friday we were on our way to Orlando. 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was one of the most elaborate and accurate theme parks I have ever experienced. As much as I hate to say it, the attention to detail that the creative team at Universal put into designing the park is something that I don't think Disney could have handled. From the accuracy of the clothing, candy, and other wizarding goods to the way cashiers would ask you to sign receipts "for the Ministry" whenever you paid with a credit card was probably the coolest thing I've ever been apart of. 

I can't pick a favorite part of the trip, because there were too many. I'll try to recap:

Walking up to the Knight Bus and conversing with Stan Shunpike (who's look was pretty spot-on) and the talking-shrunken head, who informed me that I was crazy for preferring Pumpkin Juice over Butter Beer. 

Stepping onto the stoop of #12 Grimmauld Place and looking into the second story window to see Kreatcher peaking through the curtains. 

Dialing M-A-G-I-C in the telephone booth outside of Diagon Alley, only to find out from a Ministry executive that that entrance was temporarily down.

Passing through the column between platforms 9 and 10 to reach Platform 9 3/4, awaiting a seat on the Hogwarts Express. 

Hearing the bricks unfold stepping onto the streets of Diagon Alley. 

Being spooked by the Dementors, spiders, and other terrifying things throughout the Forbidden Journey ride. 

Experiencing Hogsmeade and the castle lit up at night. 

Watching the dragon atop Gringotts Bank bellow and blow huge flames over the crowd. 

Making awesome purchases, including:  the Elder Wand, a Hogwarts Quidditch shirt, a jar of Sherbet Lemons and two Chocolate Frogs from Honeydukes, Pumpkin Juice, Cornish Pastys, GIlly Water, and a Hogwarts Alumni mug.

Experiencing the inside of Gringotts and Hogwarts - passing statues, goblins, the house beans, the stairs to Dumbledoors office, the Fat Lady that guards the Gryffindor Common Room, countless classrooms, hallways with photos of the heads of Hogwarts Houses.

The list goes on, and there are still a list of things I didn't get to do that I already can't wait to go back and experience. I wish I had more photos, but "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live..."

My family reminded me throughout our vacation of "what a nerd" I was, but it didn't bother me. Being apart of the world of Harry Potter (the books, the movies, the physical world) has been nothing but an awesome experience and I can't wait to share it with my kids some day. 


  1. This looks completely amazing. I really want to go there someday. Love the sentence about wishing you took more pics - gave me goosebumps!

  2. Monica you would love it! Also, thanks for being my number one blogger fan 😊