Hello everyone and welcome to week 4 of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour created by The Book Bratz! This week we have Preethi from Time Turning Reads and she’s going to share her Harry Potter themed vacation!
Hi everyone! My name is Preethi and I blog over at Time Turning Reads. I’m a freshman in college who has been an avid reader for almost all my life. I love blogging about books I love, and sometimes even ranting about the ones I’m not overly fond off. I’ve been blogging on different sites since I was in high school, and I love meeting new authors and readers who share similar interests. I’m crazy about many things English, especially Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and let’s not forget Jane Austen. I have a soft spot for romantic comedies and live theatre, and I’ve always wanted a puppy. And that’s pretty much the short version of “Who is Preethi”. Hit me up on my blog or on Twitter – I’d love to meet you!
Alright, enough talking about myself. The lovely Ana from Ana Loves asked me to share a few things about my recent trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and I was glad to have the opportunity to come over and exclaim – and possibly shed a few tears – over the day that I have spent years waiting for. True, one day isn’t enough to explore Hogsmeade and Hogwarts, but I tried to make the most of the time I did have. I have to say I think I was pretty successful, all things considering (and by that I’m referring to my parents, who ran away from The Wizarding World like it was the plague O.O).
I’ve been super excited to go to The Wizarding World since it first opened up. I went to Universal first a year or two before they added Harry Potter to the park, so I knew it’d be a while until I got to go. I first read the series in sixth grade, and have been a fan ever since. I expected so much from The Wizarding World. I’m not even sure what it was I wanted to find, but I just knew that when I went there I would love every moment of it. And I did. So many memories from the books and movies rushed into me as I was walking through Hogsmeade and touring Hogwarts, and it was extremely hard to keep that dopey grin off of my face; in fact, most of the time I didn’t even bother hiding it.
Sometimes I get to wondering what it is about the series that makes it timeless. I like it as much now as I did when I was younger, which hasn’t stood true for several other favorite books of mine, including Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Luckily for me, I got my answer as soon as I got to Hogsmeade. After walking through the village, staring up adoringly at Hogwarts, and drooling over souvenirs, it became clear that Harry Potter is immortal, forever lovable, because of the details J.K. Rowling put into the books. Every character, every creature, and every object in the book is special, and getting to see everything at The Wizarding World was a pleasure I can’t even attempt to put into words. If you haven’t gone there yet and are an avid HP fan, I seriously recommend putting it on your bucket list – it’s worth it.
Okay okay, enough of me being emotional. Here’s a quick run through of what I did at The Wizarding World:
• Hike through Hogsmeade and head directly toward Hogwarts, because duh.
• Stare at the Sorting Hat and the Hogwarts House Points Hourglasses with my jaw dropped open, permanently.
• Moving pictures + the Fat Lady!
• See apparitions of Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Dumbledore – it was hard not to cry.
• Fight off dementors, go to Aragog’s funeral, etc. etc. (this was The Forbidden Journey ride – SO GOOD)
• See Hagrid’s hut
• Bow to Buckbeak
• Ride the Chinese Fireball and race against the Hungarian Horntail – me and my brother sat in the very front, and it was so much fun!
• Bathroom with Moaning Myrtle. Best. Experience. Ever.
• Eat at The Three Broomsticks
• Watch the Frog Choir
• Get some ice cream from Florean Fortescue
• Take a peek at each character’s wand
• Drool at all the candy/chocolate in Honeydukes
• BUTTERBEER. It was really sweet and I couldn’t even finish the one cup, but it was so worth the money.
Of course the souvenirs was another fun part of The Wizarding World. I spent pretty much all of my money here, and as much as I feel like I should regret it, I don’t. I got an iPhone case with the Hogwarts crest engraved onto the front of it, and a matching pair of Gryffindor earphones. I also got a Wizarding World of Harry Potter rain poncho since it was raining so much, but funnily enough, as soon as I bought the poncho it stopped raining for the rest of our vacation. Coincidence? I also bought a miniature Sorting Hat sitting on a stool…it’s so cute, and I can’t wait to put it up in my dorm! We bought a bottle of Gilly Water and brought that back home. I also brought back the cup I drank butterbeer from – I’ll take all the souvenirs I could get haha. Speaking of, I also brought some HP bags home in the spirit of free souvenirs 😉
I probably missed a few things but I hope the epic radiates off of everything I did, because that’s what I felt like the entire time I was there. I would have stayed in The Wizarding World all day if I could, but like I said, my parents and Hogsmeade did not get along well. The dragged me away after a few hours and I was forced to live with glimpses of the top of Hogwarts after that. Still, it was an experience I wouldn’t trade in for the world, and I’m already looking forward to the day I can go there alone and do it all over again, albeit more slowly.
Have you ever gone to The Wizarding World? What was your favorite part? And if you haven’t gone but want to, what are you most looking forward to?
Thank you so much for having me over on your blog, Ana! I had a blast sharing details about my vacation 😀