Adventures in Running with Maurine

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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On Sunday, we went over to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is about all we saw because we were both wiped from racing.

Castle:
This was our first glimpse of the castle. We both got all squealy upon seeing this.
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Jennifer waiting in line to go in to the castle for it’s ride.
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Hogwarts Express:
This is just inside the entrance to the Harry Potter section of the park. Wish we could have taken a real ride on it.
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Sorting Hat:
The sorting hat was talking at various points as you approached it.
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Tracking House Points:
Sure glad I had flash on my camera. The inside of the castle was appropriately dark and you missed a lot of details without seeing it from the flash of a camera.
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Dumbledore’s Office:
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Reflection Bowl:
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Gallery Photos:
I tried to take photos of some of the talking pictures – but the flash just wiped them out. So got some gallery photos instead. A lot of the pictures were talking to each other.
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Gryffindor Fireplace:
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Stairway to Harry’s Room:
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Harry’s Closet:
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Potion’s Classroom Door:
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The Mirror:
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Other Castle Images:
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Hagrid’s House
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Cauldron Shop:
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Honeydukes:
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Quidditch Ball Set:
I couldn’t capture it in a photograph, but the snitch is flying around in the back of the store.
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This was well worth the $80 we spent for only being there 3 or so hours. The rides were fun. There are only 3 of them – 4 if you count going on the Dragon Challenge twice – which you really need to do to find which dragon ride you like best.

I could have gone through the castle several times taking in the sites – but was a bit tired. It is fascinating. Watch out for the spiders spitting at you on this ride. 🙂

Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley were also awesomely done and gave a good sense of the books. I did spend quite a bit of money and got the following loot:
– Hermione Granger Wand
– Gryffindor patch (I am going to make my own cape – I couldn’t see spending $100 for a black cape, but will sew on the patch to make the outfit complete)
– 2 Gryffindor mufflers (one for my son)
– A chocolate frog
– A chocolate wand (already consumed)
– Triwizard cup

Now I have to follow through on the urge and reread all of the Harry Potter books as soon as I get back to Utah. I can practice spells with my wand while doing so.

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