How many of you readers out there are Harry Potter fans? Now, I mean
big huge Harry Potter fans?
So, naturally you'll completely understand when I admit that I cried when I first walked into Universal Studio's "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter."
As in: I literally cried . . . you know, tears brimmed in my eyes, my nose tickled, I fought them back but without prevail.
I boo-hooed in awe of standing in front of and walking through Hogwarts.
Our day in this theme park was certainly the most magical of all for me. I tried my best to bask in the realism of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade for the mere 7 hours we were there. I imagined it was all real . . . and I could feel it, too.
I had just received my Hogwarts letter from the headmaster. I had my trunk and owl in tow as I set off for Diagon Alley to purchase my course books, wand, and cauldron. I knew all the spells by heart--quite the accomplishment--as I was muggle-born. Of course, I made all of the traditional stops along the way to Platform 9 3/4. I stopped by Ollivander's where my wand chose me. I peered through the windows of the Owl Post. I purchased my quidditch jersey from Filch's Emporium (I'm a keeper--like Ron), and I dropped by Dervish & Banges to stock up on notebooks and letterhead. I enjoyed a bite at The Three Broomsticks and a nice draft at the Hogshead Pub. Then, after making two quick stops by Honeydukes and Zonko's in Hogsmeade, I ventured to the platform to board the Hogwarts Express (carrying a chocolate frog and a fozen Butterbeer). It was high time I made my way to the castle to begin my studies as a First-Year!
Yes, this part of the experience was AMAZING--got the tears flowing--it was like he (Rupert Grint) was actually in the same room with me! <3
And so . . . it began and ended with a castle.
Only, this one is much more magical than Cinderella's. I suppose it depends on who you ask. But, who needs a Prince when you can have a Wizard?