I went to the WIZARDING WORLD OF Harry Potter!!! It was one of the best days of my life and so of course I had to document it in a sort of diary here on my blog! This is Part Two of my amazing adventure, and if you missed it, Part One is here!
Part of what made this world so amazing and magical was all of the magical details! There were so many little callouts to the books and movies that Potterheads will adore and they really made me feel like I had entered Hogsmeade! Some of my favorite things I saw were:
- Plants! There was a mimbultonius mimbultonia, Neville’s cactus like plant that squirts Harry with sap. It was next to a Mandrake, and next to that was a pair of fluffy earmuffs for protection against its cries.
- The Hogwarts/Hogsmeade sign! It was right where the main town of Hogsmeade ended, at the entrance to the amazing castle, and I remembered seeing it exactly in the films.
- The bench that says “Hogsmeade” right next to the Hogwarts express! This bench was straight out of the first movie and I had to pose next to it!
- Mr. Weasley’s flying car! Yes that iconic blue car is chilling next to Hogwarts!
- Moaning Myrtle in the bathroom!!! One of my favorite parts of the day! I just needed to pee and was greeted by Myrtle’s moans and groans and it was actually glorious.
When visiting the Wizarding World, guests also have the option to purchase an interactive wand at Ollivanders! Waving these wands performs magic such as igniting a fireplace. Personally I didn’t feel it was worth the astonishing $50 for a wand just to be able to wave it around for five minutes or so, so I didn’t get one, but I did enjoy watching other people perform magic!
Also, the music! The park played music from the Harry Potter movies in the background and it felt so magical and nostalgic because how many times have I heard and lived and loved those songs, ever since I was so young. I always watched Harry and his friends walk around while those songs were playing in the background, and now I got to stand in front of Hogwarts, listening to the music while walking through Hogsmeade.
After the rides, we decided to head back into Hogsmeade for some shopping! Although we didn’t actually do much shopping since everything is so expensive (theme park pricing…sigh…if only I had as many Galleons as Harry), it was so amazing just to look at everything!
The outsides of the stores are so quaint, and look exactly like the movies and how they are described in the books! I could just stare at that town forever, but eventually we had to go inside!
There are many shops there including Dervish and Burkes, Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, Honeydukes, Zonkos, Owl Post, Olivanders, and more! I’m not entirely sure what was where since many of them are all connected, and you only have to enter one door to access four shops, but they were all amazing!
The first shop I went into had some amazing clothes! You could buy, to name a few items, robes, sweaters, scarves, and even Hermione’s iconic pink Yule Ball dress! They also displayed Cho Chang’s Yule Ball dress, which was amazing! There was also a talking mirror, which told me: Merlin’s Beard! You look amazing!! It said nicer things to some people and insulted others, so I feel flattered.
We went into Owl Post, where they had tons of stuffed owls, stationary, and post cards! I was sorely temped by seeing all the stuffed Hedwigs. Looking up was the most amazing part, looking up to see all the brown wrapped packages lining the walls!
We went into another store where I was greeted by the Monster Book Of Monsters in a cage, snapping at me. Rude! There were so many other goodies in that shop, such as journals, Remembralls, brooms and Quidditch balls, and keychains and pins! It was here that I caved and spent $9.00 on a tiny Deathly Hallows pin, expensive but so worth it for me!
After that, we went to Honeydukes and you know that expression kid in a candy shop? I was literally a kid in a candy shop and it was an absolute dream! Everything was beautiful turquoise and pink, with the black and white checkered floor, and I was in love. I was so tempted by treats such as Bertie Bots Every Flavoured Beans, Felix Felices, and Chocolate Wands! But ultimately I caved on a Chocolate Frog! Thirteen dollars for a frog isn’t cheap, but that thing is massive, and the box is iconic, and it comes with a Famous Witch Or Wizard Trading Card!!
Finally, we went to Zonkos! There was an entire wall of Pygmie Puffs, and I was OBSESSED! Of course I took pictures because they’re sooo flooffy! There were also extendable ears, U-NO-POO, and all sorts of other jokes!
Walking around and seeing all the other Potterheads was amazing! I knitted myself a Ravenclaw scarf a few weeks ago, and I’m so glad because I was able to wear it here! I also wore a grey shirt and blue shorts, keeping with Ravenclaw colors.
Anyways, with my attire, people definitely knew I was a Ravenclaw! In fact, two employees talked to me about it! One of them asked if I was a Ravenclaw, and I said yes, and then she asked my favorite subject, and I froze and said I didn’t know, so she asked if I was one of those Ravenclaws who is good at everything, and I said yes and it was amazing! The second one asked if I was Ravenclaw and I said yes, and then she complimented me, telling me that we are wise and creative and intelligent which are great traits!
It was so amazing getting to talk with people about these houses that I’m crazy about! And seeing all the other house pride! I saw people wearing Harry Potter t-shirts, wearing scarves like me, and even some in full on Hogwarts robes! Of course there were tons of Gryffindors, but I saw all four houses! I saw the fewest Ravenclaws though, so I was so glad I was wearing my scarf and representing my house! And at one place they even have house banners, Gryffindor and Slytherin on one side and Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff on the other, and since my brother is a Hufflepuff, we took a photo there together under our banners!
You canNOT go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter without having a Butterbeer. And let me tell you… Butterbeer is a dream. It’s delicious, everything and more than I imagined. It sort of tasted like butterscotch, root beer, and cream, all rolled into one delicious treat!
Butterbeers come in three forms: hot, cold, and frozen, and we tried all three! They also had Butterbeer ice cream, but we didn’t try those.
We headed to the Three Broomsticks, which was absolutely iconic. There we got two Butterbeers to share: one hot and one cold. And let me tell you: telling the employee: we’d like two butterbeers was a DREAM. That’s not something you can do in everyday life, you can’t just ask for butterbeer!
We got out butterbeers and sat by the hearth in the Three Broomsticks, which was one of the most magical experiences of my life. Later we tried frozen butterbeer from one the butterbeer cart outside.
I loved all three and definitely recommend trying them all! Most people seemed to have cold, which tasted like soda. Hot was probably my favorite, and it was almost like butterscotch hot chocolate, and tasted the most sweet of them all. And frozen was a perfect dessert to end the day, and was sort of like a butterbeer slushy.
When we were leaving, we walked out through the Hog’s Head, and they have an actual hog’s head on the wall which is amazing!! After our drinks, we headed out to see the rest of the park, coming back to end our day there about an hour before closing.
Triwizard Spirit Rally
At the end of the day, we were fortunate enough to see the Triwzard Spirit Rally! I have no idea if they announce times or anything, but we had no idea it would be going on, and just happened to be standing there when I saw blue and brown and turned my head to see students from Beaubaton and Durmstrang!
Although I’m not a huge fan of how the movies turned these schools to single genders and gave them strange performance entrances, I loved loved loved seeing them performed live in front of my very eyes!
I’m a dancer myself so I was super impressed to see the girls doing high kicks and turns and even pulling out blue ribbons in high heels dancing! And the guys blew me away with their stick spinning and backflips! Overall, this was such an amazing performance!
Unfortunately, like all good things, the day had to end. I headed back to do Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff one more time each, and since it was the end of the day there was no line and I just walked on the rides. We celebrated with our frozen butterbeer, took a million more photos, and then walked slowly, ever so slowly, out of the park.
When we reached the entrance to Hogsmeade, I had tears in my eyes again. I stared long and hard at Hogwarts castle rising up above the town, and my brother even joked that I would sleep there if I could.
It was such an amazing day, an amazing experience, getting to live in that magical world. I felt like a child again, felt so much nostalgia, felt like I was really and truly there. I was at Hogwarts.
I was excited all the way home. We saved our butterbeer cup, and I kept smelling it to remember the taste of the delicious drink. We got home, and opened our chocolate frog to reveal a Jocunda Sykes trading card! And my mouth muscles actually physically hurt from smiling so much.
I was truly devastated to leave, but I know that I’ll always have Hogwarts in my heart. I’ve read the books and seen the movies dozens of times, enough to quote random parts by heart, and can perfectly picture it in my mind. I hope that one day I’ll be lucky enough to go back to Hogsmeade, or maybe even go to Diagon Alley in Florida, but for now, in my heart, I know that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it ❤
Have you ever been to the Wizarding World? Which store would you be most excited to visit? What’s your Hogwarts house? I’d love to chat in the comments below!
*I took all of the pictures from this post, including the header!