Harry Potter Land or Bust: My Dream Vacation

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When I began thinking about this post, which is about my ultimate dream vacation, I was trying to conjure up something elaborate and exotic. A trip to Rome, perhaps. Greece always looks lovely in movies. Maybe Paris, with the Eiffel Tower all a-sparkle at night.

I voiced my thoughts to my husband who shook is head.
“Rome would be nice, but that’s kind of my dream vacation. You’re not into history like I am. You know what you should write about?”
“What?” I ask.
“Harry Potter Land. Or.. Whatever it’s called.”

And in that instant, I had my post. I began spazzing out just at the mention of the park.
My husband was of course, talking about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, which we both have unofficially dubbed “Harry Potter Land”. You can keep your fancy cruises and far-away places, my friends, because MY dream vacation can only be reached by finding Platform 9 3/4 and hopping aboard the Hogwarts Express!

I’ve been a huge Harry Potter fan since the first movie came out. In preparation to watch the first film in 2001, I ran out and grabbed a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone the morning that the movie released. I devoured the entire thing that day and practically ran to the theatre to see the first film on opening night. Since then, I’ve been hooked. Going to the WW of Harry Potter would be a dream come true for me.

While you’re at the WW of Harry Potter you can go to Honeyduke’s, the candy shop famously talked about in the books. You can visit Diagon Alley and pop into Ollivander’s wand shop for a chance to get a wand of your very own! Don’t even get me started on how amazing it would be to roam the halls of Hogwarts, the famous school I’ve read so much about and wished so many times were real so I could go there. You can go to the Three Broomsticks and have a Butterbeer! I’m getting all a-twitter just thinking about it!!

I’m reading the words that are coming from my fingers and feeling a little dorky, but I don’t really care. I’m usually not ashamed to let my Dork Flag fly high! On my dream vacation, I would most definitely take my husband Josh and daughter Nellie. I may want to wait a few years until Nellie was old enough to have read the books and watched the movies (she’s only 8 months old right now) so I could see the magic and excitement in her eyes, as well as feel it in my own heart.

My little dream vacation may be a bit unconventional, but it’s what I really want! One day, hopefully, my dream will come true and I’ll get the chance to see Hogwarts up close and in person!

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  1. OK, so I'm not the only adult who wants sooo badly to go and taste butterbeer? And go to Honeydukes? and stand on Platform 9 3/4????? And go to Diagon Alley????????My husband thinks I'm a dork by the way. But I want to go!!!!
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  2. Dude, that would be AWESOME!

    Though I feel I should disclose that I ended up in Edinburgh not knowing that A) the author wrote the books there and B) was inspired by a bunch of places in Edinburgh.

    Once I found that out, I checked a lot of the places out. I highly recommend Edinburgh.

  3. LOL! Your post made me laugh – I love it! I'm hoping you win so that you can report back ASAP and tell us all about HP land! And BTW, are you not totally excited about the last TWO movies that are coming out? I was watching the trailer for the first one the other day and I get shivers – it looks bloody fantastic! 😀
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  4. I love Harry too! I SOOO want to go to WW of Harry Potter. My husband thinks I'm crazy. Hopefully I can talk him into it next summer.

  5. LOL that is ok, I want to go back to Disney. Where we had our honeymoon. I want to go back before we have kids. So live up your WWOHP dreams … the kid in me says "Sounds like fun!"
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  6. That sounds amazing! I would love to go there too!!!

  7. Oh me too, me too. I would so love to go to Hogwarts, and Diagon Alley, and drink butterbeer… I don't feel too dorky about it, My son (13 yo) would love to go with me, my girls (8 &6) would love it too. My husband would go, not because he is a rabid fan like I am, but because he likes the movies, and would love to laugh at me getting all geeked out about the cool stuff there 😀
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  8. Such a good idea! :) I love me some Harry Potter, too!

    Congrats on your SITS Day.
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