Visiting Harry Potter World

In April, Harry Potter World opened at Universal Studios in Southern California.  That coincided with Grace’s school break, so we felt we had to go and visit…for Halloween research purposes.

2016 Visit to Harry Potter World 03We donned costumes (Grace – Hermione, Michelle – Quidditch Fan, Eric – “traveling” Harry/Epilogue Harry/old Harry)

2016 Visit to Harry Potter World 04…and entered into the immersive theme park.

2016 Visit to Harry Potter World 01We tried to do everything—we rode the rides, shopped in shops, ate at the Three Broomsticks and sampled butter beer.

2016 Visit to Harry Potter World 09In Olivander’s wand shop Grace chose a wand (or rather the wand chose her).

2016 Visit to Harry Potter World 10We marveled at the attention to detail—from the amazing portraits within Hogwarts…

2016 Visit to Harry Potter World 02…down to the simulated lichen around the castle entrance.

2016 Visit to Harry Potter World 05As we hoped to create an immersive Harry Potter experience for our guests at Halloween, we took lots of pictures of what we saw.

2016 Visit to Harry Potter World 07We also located some special treasures which we wanted to incorporate into the house theme.

2016 Visit to Harry Potter World 06You may notice that some of the things we saw made their way into the plan for the house.

2016 Visit to Harry Potter World 08Overall, it was magically inspirational adventure!

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