The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I haven’t been to Universal Studios in such a long time.

The kids went last week, when my sister-in-law was down.

They still had a day left on their tickets, so my husband bought a day for the two of us, and we all went.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I’m a huge fan, so I went straight to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Diagon Alley

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wow! Diagon Alley is amazing.

I didn’t know where to look first.

It’s all so detailed, and believable.

Believable, in that you feel like you’re in a scene from the movie or book.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

That’s a big Pygmy Puff!

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Extendable Ears, U*NO*POO, Skiving Snackboxes!

I wanted to buy it all, but my self-control kicked in.

What the heck would I do with it all? Didn’t I just de-clutter?

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Sugarplum's Sweet Shop

Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop

Sugarplum's Sweet Shop

Sugarplum's Sweet Shop

Sugarplum's Sweet Shop

Sugarplum's Sweet Shop

Sugarplum's Sweet Shop

Sugarplum's Sweet Shop

Sugarplum's Sweet Shop

The Owl Post

The Owl Post

The Owl Post

The Hopping Pot and Bowman E. Wright Blacksmith

The Hopping Pot and Bowman E. Wright Blacksmith

Bowman E. Wright Blacksmith

Bowman E. Wright Blacksmith

The Hopping Pot

The Hopping Pot

Butterbeer

And yes, I had a Butterbeer. Actually, I had three…

I know, I know… There goes the diet.

But it was so hot, and the Butterbeer was soo good!

They have regular and frozen. I like the frozen.

The Hopping Pot and Bowman E. Wright Blacksmith

Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees

We caught a performance of Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.

Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees

Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees

Gringotts Money Exchange

Gringotts Money Exchange

Gringotts Money Exchange

Gringotts Money Exchange

Wands by Gregorovitch

Wands by Gregorovitch

Wands by Gregorovitch

Wands by Gregorovitch

Jellied Eel Shop

Jellied Eel Shop

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

We stopped to have a bite of lunch at the Leaky Cauldron. It’s mandatory!

It’s typical British Food, so if you have picky eaters, you might want to stop in for just a drink and a snack.

When the kids saw the menu, they took off on their own, in search of burgers or pizza.

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

Pumpkin Juice! Another must have.

It tasted like a mulled Christmas Drink, except cold.

My son had one later in the day, and he had to force it down.

The Leaky Cauldron

Flourish and Blotts

Flourish and Blotts

Sadly, this is just a facade, but…

You can purchase an interactive wand and practice spells, that bring the windows to life.

Flourish and Blotts

Flourish and Blotts

Flourish and Blotts

The Daily Prophet

The Daily Prophet

The Daily Prophet

Ollivanders

Ollivanders

Ollivanders

Ollivanders

Ollivanders

Ollivanders

I already have a wand, so I wasn’t tempted.

Wait, I lied… I really wanted another one.

They have so many to choose from, I had no idea.

But I was good, and came to my senses.

Ollivanders

Ollivanders

Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions

Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions

Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions

Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions

Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions

Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions

Look… Mrs. Weasley’s Hand-knitted sweaters!

I was getting one!

100 bucks!!!????

Um, nope… Maybe next time.

Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions

Diagon Alley

Gringotts Bank

Gringotts Bank

Gringotts Bank

Gringotts Bank

Gringotts Bank

Gringotts Bank

Gringotts Bank

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

At this point, I left my good camera in the locker and used my I-Phone.

The line wasn’t all that long, maybe 30 minutes?

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

The line was almost…

Almost as fun as the ride!

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

It was awesome!

Even my husband liked it, and that’s saying something.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Magical Menagerie

Magical Menagerie

Magical Menagerie

Magical Menagerie

Magical Menagerie

Magical Menagerie

I think they keep the rats in that cage.

I don’t know why they cover them up, I guess folks are squeamish?

Magical Menagerie

Magical Menagerie

Magical Menagerie

Magical Menagerie

Magical Menagerie

Magical Menagerie

Knockturn Alley

Knockturn Alley

We took a wrong turn, and wound up in Knockturn Alley.

Knockturn Alley

E.L.M and Wizards Undertakers & Embalmers

E.L.M and Wizards Undertakers & Embalmers

E.L.M and Wizards Undertakers & Embalmers

E.L.M and Wizards Undertakers & Embalmers

Borgin and Burkes

Borgin and Burkes

Borgin and Burkes

Borgin and Burkes

Diagon Alley

The Fountain of Fair Fortune

The Fountain of Fair Fortune

For the Witches and Wizards of age, you  can partake in an adults only beverage, Wizard’s Brew or Dragon Scale.

The Fountain of Fair Fortune

Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour

Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour

We didn’t indulge in ice cream, but next time, I’m stopping in for a chocolate chili sundae.

Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

It was getting late, and we still had to visit Hogsmeade.

On the way to King’s Cross, we found Stan Shunpike and Dre Head.

The Knight Bus

The Knight Bus

The Knight Bus

The Knight Bus

The Knight Bus

The Knight Bus

The Knight Bus

After a nice chat, we were off again to King’s Cross and the Hogwarts Express.

The Knight Bus

King’s Cross

King's Cross

King's Cross

King's Cross

King's Cross

We found the wall between platforms 9 and 10, and ran straight through.

King's Cross

Platform 9 3/4

Platform 9 3/4

We emerged on the other side at platform 9 3/4.

Platform 9 3/4

Platform 9 3/4

The Hogwarts Express

The Hogwarts Express

There she is!

The Hogwarts Express

It wasn’t too long of a ride, but it was exciting. Harry Potter saved us from a dementor attack.

The Hogwarts Express

The Hogwarts Express

The Hogwarts Express

Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade was a lot smaller than I imagined.

Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade

The Three Broomsticks

The Three Broomsticks

The Three Broomsticks

It was time for another break, so we stopped into the Three Broomsticks.

The Three Broomsticks

The Three Broomsticks

Zonkos

Zonkos

Another facade, but they have a neat little display of wizard’s chess pieces in the window.

Zonkos

Zonkos

Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

I had to buy something from Honeydukes, so I bought a chocolate frog and some gummy worms.

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

We walked around the rest of the stores in the village, before heading to Hogwarts.

It’s a pretty small area compared to Diagon Alley.

Hogsmeade

Dogweed and Deathcap

Dogweed and Deathcap

Dogweed and Deathcap

The Owl Post

The Owl Post

The Owl Post

Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade

Hogwarts

Hogwarts

Hogwarts

Hogwarts

Hogwarts

Hogwarts

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Again, my good camera went into the locker.

For the Harry Potter fan, the line for this ride could be its own attraction.

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

It was the best ride ever! Ever! Sigh…

Hogwarts

Gladrags Wizardwear

Gladrags Wizardwear

Gladrags Wizardwear

We found a seat in back of The Three Broomsticks, and waited for the boys to go on The Dragon Challenge.

Gilly Water

We snacked on pretzels, churros, Gilly Water, and one last Butterbeer.

The Three Broomsticks

My husband thought he was funny, doing his own magic tricks. Lol!

The Three Broomsticks

The Three Broomsticks

I saw a brass hourglass on a stand, in one of the stores, that I really liked. It was like 150 bucks. My husband stuck two bottles together, and told me I could fill it with sand… For free! Sometimes he can be a smartass.

Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade

I wanted to stay and explore at night, but we all had enough for the day.

There’s a lot of things I didn’t get to see or do, but I didn’t wanna push it.

It was too hot and I didn’t feel so good…

My husband said we could get passes, and come back when it was cooler.

My crazy husband!

It was a magical day! As soon as I find a portkey, I’ll be back! Have you been? Are you a Harry Potter fan?

Thursday and Friday

Lugging around my big camera isn’t always practical, and sometimes I just don’t wanna be bothered. Since my little camera broke, I’m back to using my I-phone. The problem is, it doesn’t always bring good results, and often the pictures aren’t even “usable.” I’ve been playing around with a the picture editing app, “Afterlight.” It does an amazing job giving your pictures an old film effect. All of those dark, grainy, blurry I-phone pictures, that you would normally wind up deleting, can now be salvaged, and the memories saved. I probably wouldn’t frame any of these pictures, but they’re great for digital scrap booking, blogging, Facebook or Instagram. 

Afterlight I-Phone App


Happy Saturday!

Things have been going good.

I’m back on my Keto eating plan, and I already feel a difference.

Afterlight I-Phone App

Dinner for the past two nights has been Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Broccoli. I’ve been snacking on cheese sticks, and veggies.

I cooked enough on Thursday for leftovers yesterday.

Afterlight I-Phone App

I gave the Pins their first bath together.

The little girl is still a little scared, but she did better with Gubler there.

Afterlight I-Phone App

I took the boy school shopping, and we’re pretty much done. We just need to pick up some new undershirts, a belt or two, and he wants some new shoes.

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Anneke is doing good, but she’s still chewing things up.

Afterlight I-Phone App

The handle on my candle cabinet, in the kitchen…

Afterlight I-Phone App

She’s destroyed all my baskets. Liesl did that too, when she was little.

I had to put my pine cones away, she was chewing those up like crazy.

Afterlight I-Phone App

I caught her in the act, tearing up my rug. That’s exactly why I haven’t replaced it yet. I’m waiting for her to get out of that phase.

Look at that little tushy trying to run away. She knew she was in trouble. Sigh…

Afterlight I-Phone App

She’s so cute, it’s hard to get mad. But Min Pins are feisty. They need a lot of discipline.

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Yesterday, we went back to the beach.

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

The boy went out…

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Later, we couldn’t sleep, so me and Bren snuggled with the Pins and watched “Spy” with Melissa McCarthy. Love her!

I’m doing ok.


Oh, and my sister-in-law sent me some pictures of last week, in Orlando. No one had a camera, so they were all crappy I-phone pictures… Until I passed them through the app..

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Afterlight I-Phone App

Photo-bomb!!!

Have a great weekend!