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Posted on September 25, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Orlando

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Any diehard fan of the Harry Potter series understands the painful/wistful feeling of being immersed in a world you know you can never actually enter into. Cue the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando! The two Potter-themed areas at Universal, Hogsmeade Village and Diagon Alley, are about as close as we can get to having the real thing. Since opening in 2010 and expanding to a second area in 2014, they have easily become Universal’s most popular attractions.

I first went to the Wizarding World with my mom in 2012 when Hogsmeade Village was the only Potter park. I vividly remember the sheer joy I felt when riding the Forbidden Journey ride inside Hogwarts, snapping as many pictures as I possibly could while walking around the castle. Smelling the sugary scents of Honeydukes, drinking Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks, and picking out a wand at Ollivander’s (I bought Hermione’s) are some of my favorite memories of that trip. Since then, it’s happened to work out that I’ve gone back to the Wizarding World every year either with my mother or my partner and her daughter. It’s completely magical every single time. There is almost nothing within the parks that detracts from that feeling. Read more..

Posted on September 17, 2017

Eight* Harry Potter Things to Do in London

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One of the main reasons my family decided to go to London for the bulk of our European trip was, of course, Harry Potter! There is so much to do and see there that you definitely need as much time as possible to do it all. If you’re in the planning process and wondering about the possibilities, here are my eight favorite Harry Potter experiences we had.

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Posted on August 23, 2017

Two Days in Edinburgh

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This summer, my family and I took a long-awaited vacation to Europe. Our main reason for going, of course, was to see and do as many Harry Potter sites/activities as we could. We spent most of our time in London soaking up a ton of wizarding magic but had decided early on in the planning stages to make an overnight jaunt to Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is home to a free Harry Potter walking tour called “The Potter Trail” (and tons of fantastic general sightseeing as well).

If I had the vacation planning to do again, I would certainly have given us more time in Edinburgh (well, Scotland in general). We absolutely fell IN LOVE with the city. The vibe and the architecture of Edinburgh is amazing. It was one of the few locations where we felt completely comfortable just walking around without a specific plan or destination. Read more..

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