TRAVEL: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Before I start this post, I thought it would be wise to give my love of Harry Potter some context. My first experience was actually with the films. When the Philosophers Stone was released in 2001, I was eight years old and probably one of the last people to go along and see the film, I really wasn’t that bothered. But coming out of the cinema with my Dad, I was absolutely hooked and immediately wanted to read all the books. I think there were only about four out at that point, but borrowing them from a friend I flew through with them, drinking up every word from J.K who quickly became one of my favourite authors and dreaming of getting my Hogwarts letter.

From then on, anything to do with Harry Potter and I was there. My Dad was particularly devoted to my love of this and would wait in line for the book releases at midnight and accompany me to the first screenings of the films. Naturally I’ve been to the Studio Tour and have amassed much merchandise from film cells to Hermione’s wand to a chocolate frog. Next and highest up on the list was always going to visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida!

Finally, in September this year my family and I were able to head to America and I could not wait to venture into the world of Harry Potter. The Harry Potter parks were actually split into two parts on two of the parks. You had Hogwarts and Hogsmeade at Island of Adventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studio. The great thing was that the Hogwarts Express actually ran between the two so you could sort of pretend you were a Hogwarts student.

I’m not sure I will ever be able to do either places justice with words or pictures but if you are a big Harry Potter fan you need to go. I mean need. I actually felt really emotional when I first saw Hogwarts as all the childhood joy that this franchise brought me just came flooded back. I genuinely really did long go to Hogwarts when I was younger and knew this was the closest I was ever going to get!

The great length of detail that the people who created these places was absolutely incredible and I can not applaud them enough because it all feels so realistic. I genuinely think I could have spent hours alone just wondering around Hogsmeade, let alone the rest of the Universal parks! Unlike the studio tour where you can only stand outside the shops, here you can go in! The books really came to life as I wandered through the likes of Honeydukes and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, holding products straight from the books in my hands like Pumpkin Juice, Puking Pastilles and Cauldron cakes. There is so much to look at that I’m sure I missed plenty of details.

There is so much to physically do through the parks, you can have a wand ‘pick’ you in Olivanders, guzzle Butterbeer, try on Hogwarts robes or even go for a bite in the three broomsticks or perhaps the Hogs Head. There were also several themed rides to enjoy, my favourite (of all four parks actually) has to be Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey which is a motion based ride which takes place inside Hogwarts. You certainly don’t mind waiting in line for this ride as you get to wander Hogwarts, taking in the talking portraits, classrooms and many interactive parts that place before you even get onto the ride. You and three others then take a seat on an ‘enchanted bench’ which lifts you off the ground for a journey with Harry. You encounter dragons, Hagrid, dark marks, Voldermort and even Quidditch. I won’t spoil it any more but will say it’s a truly amazing experience with fantastic technology which we loved so much that we did twice. I genuinely sat through it with a huge smile on my face.

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I’m going to leave it there and let you enjoy the photos as I could go on gushing forever! Have you visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? What was your favourite part? I’d love to know! And keep an eye out on Wednesday as I’ll be showing you what I brought!

Emily x

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  • I love Harry Potter & the wizarding world World looks amazing! Unfortunately the last time I went to Florida it wasn't built yet so I haven't had the opportunity to visit… But it's definitely on my bucket list.

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  • I love harry potter!! I remember watching the first film every night and falling asleep within ten minutes but knowing the entire film I felt I had watched it all the way through even dreaming! I have been the studio tour and cried This is on my bucket list too so I really really need to go!

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  • Wow it sounds like you had such a magical time! I'd love to go to Florida and visit here, but think I'll be staying close to home and visit the films' studios in Watford instead. Lovely post πŸ™‚ x
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  • Your photos are awesome! I've only been to the parks prior to the addition of Hogsmeade, and this makes me want to go back and check it out! Wonderful post πŸ™‚

  • i'm sooo jealous! i can't wait to go one day <3 lovely pictures!

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  • Lucky you! I am sure you had a great time there and really enjoyed every bit of it. I am a Harry Potter fan and I would so like to visit there! I still watch the films once in awhile and still love them πŸ™‚ Also jelly beans… Yummy!

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  • These photos are so great! I hope to have the chance to go sometime soon!

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  • You take such awesome photos Emily! Can you believe I'm still yet to finish all the Harry Potter movies :O My brother and I plan on having a weekend where we watch every single one back to back haha, marathon time!!! Looks like such an epic park!

    Raashi
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  • This looks like such an amazing time! And, as always, your picture are wonderful!!

    Mallory
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  • I read all of the books, but I guess I was a little too old to get sucked in as much as you did. Wouldn't mind visiting that place, though.

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  • I've never been but you got some great shots! πŸ™‚

    My sister has been and I was so jealous. She went soon after it opened and it was very busy, but she loved it still. She brought us some of those 'every flavour beans' back! πŸ™‚

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  • OH my gosh, seriously, I'm so ridiculously keen to visit this place and I can't believe I haven't got around to doing so yet! The sweet shop looks insane and I love that you've mentioned how realistic it feels, I got that impression through the photos πŸ™‚

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  • It looks amazing I'm going to Florida next year and I actually can't wait!

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  • Looks like a ball to visit the place. I haven't been before, but wouldn't mind to visit at all. Great shots! πŸ™‚
    Have a blessed week, girlie.

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  • Gosh, I could only dream of visiting this place, maybe I'll wait till my little one is older and pretend the visit is for him? πŸ˜‰ LOL! All jokes aside, I am completely enthralled with anything Harry Potter, hands down one of the best series I've ever read besides Lord of The Rings.

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  • I am so jealous, I want to go so desperately!

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  • Raj

    Gorgeous photographs, I visited a few years ago and had a blast, and couldn't agree more – the attention to detail is second to none!

    Looks, and sounds, like you had a truly magical time

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  • I have always wanted to travel to Harry Potter world. I'm so glad you were able to enjoy it while here in the states.

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  • The pictures look amazing! I'm really glad that you enjoyed yourself <3
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  • Oh my gosh! Great photos! It looks like you truly enjoyed yourself!

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  • This place looks like funβ™₯β™₯

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  • so sweet how passionate you and your dad are about HP! I've been to the studio tour before and loved it. Can you believe people can actually have christmas dinner in the main hall?!? But its almost Β£300pp sooooo a little out of my budget… haha. sounds like you had an amazing time

    Hannah x hannatalks

  • Amazing post dear! Have a nice day:)

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  • You have made me so insanely jealous with this post, I would love to go to Florida and visit – it looks so amazing. I think I was 7 when the first film came out, like you I was so hooked after seeing it in the cinema! My parents actually bought me all the books(that were out at the time) for Christmas when I was four aha!

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  • Woooohhh i need to go here
    This is insane!
    Love your adventure

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  • OMG this place looks amazing! seems like you had an amazing day! Now I desperately want to visit it!!!! πŸ™‚ xx

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  • I love your photos! I'm going in November and literally can't wait!

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  • I would absolutely love to go!! I live really near the studios in England and have been there a couple of times but this is my dream!!
    Have a lovely day πŸ™‚
    Rosanna x
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  • I would love to visit Harry Potter World! I read the books first and absolutely loved them! I enjoyed the films but the magic of the books captured me more. Trying to get me son into Harry Potter now! πŸ™‚ x

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  • I've seen so many photos of this place – even though I'm not a huge HP fan, I agree, it looks amazing!

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  • I'm actually not a Harry Potter fan at all but I would love to visit the parks here!

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  • I have heard about the park and although I'm not a huge Harry Potter fan, I'd love to see how it is. It looks beautifully detailed in your pictures, I love that they even sell every flavor beans in the proper wrapping from the movie.

    Looks like a great time!
    Much Love!
    -Stephanie Eva
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  • wow! my dream is to go there one day! I am a bit Harry Potter fan πŸ™‚

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  • It is actually my dream to go here, it looks amazing! I started reading the books in 1997 and I've been hooked ever since. It must have been so crazy for JK Rowing to walk around it

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  • I'm 24 now, but still obsessed with Harry Potter and absolutely LOVED the Wizarding World in Florida. Unfortunately, the people I went with were not huge HP fans so I didn't get to stay as long as I would've liked, but I want to go to the park opening in California this year! As lame as it sounds, I still get butterflies thinking about being there and when I think about the Forbidden Journey ride.. ugh. It was amazing! I even went to London 2 years ago, but wasn't able to go on the HP tour and I'm still so upset about that.

    xx
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