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.
I’m a huge fan, so I went straight to 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.
Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
That’s a big Pygmy Puff!
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?
Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop
The Owl Post
The Hopping Pot and Bowman E. Wright Blacksmith
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.
We caught a performance of Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.
Gringotts Money Exchange
Wands by Gregorovitch
Jellied Eel Shop
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.
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.
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.
The Daily Prophet
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.
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.
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?
The line was almost… Almost as fun as the ride!
It was awesome! Even my husband liked it, and that’s saying something.
I think they keep the rats in that cage. I don’t know why they cover them up, I guess folks are squeamish?
We took a wrong turn, and wound up in Knockturn Alley.
E.L.M and Wizards Undertakers & Embalmers
Borgin and Burkes
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.
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.
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
After a nice chat, we were off again to King’s Cross and the Hogwarts Express.
We found the wall between platforms 9 and 10, and ran straight through.
Platform 9 3/4
We emerged on the other side at platform 9 3/4.
The Hogwarts Express
There she is!
It wasn’t too long of a ride, but it was exciting. Harry Potter saved us from a dementor attack.
Hogsmeade was a lot smaller than I imagined.
The Three Broomsticks
It was time for another break, so we stopped into the Three Broomsticks.
Another facade, but they have a neat little display of wizard’s chess pieces in the window.
I had to buy something from Honeydukes, so I bought a chocolate frog and some gummy worms.
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.
Dogweed and Deathcap
The Owl Post
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.
It was the best ride ever! Ever! Sigh…
We found a seat in back of The Three Broomsticks, and waited for the boys to go on The Dragon Challenge.
We snacked on pretzels, churros, Gilly Water, and one last Butterbeer.
My husband thought he was funny, doing his own magic tricks. Lol!
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.
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.
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?