I broke down and bought a season pass to Universal Studios, but it meant that I got to visit the land of Harry Potter! It is truly amazing! I really felt like I was in the world of Wizards in Hogsmead! Here is a few pictures that I can share with you of my ventures into the magical world as a Muggle (non-magical folk)....
This is the entrance to Harry Potter Land
Can you see how some of the chimneys are crocked. It looks so cool!!!
The Hogworts Express, awaits you when you enter
We were able to get onto platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross
These notices from the Department of Magical Games and Sports. They are all over Hogsmead.
I went to the Hog's Head to get some Butterbeer
Here is my hand full of yummy Butterbeer!!!!!!!!
These are all the Muggles that went with me to hang out at Hogsmead.
From left to right they are Merri, Catherine, Candace, Me, Dani, and Carolyn.
Next we went to Honeyduke's to get some candy and Pumpkin Juice
Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans!
My Chocolate Frog
Me and the Weasley's car. It is not looking so good...
I next visited Hagrid's hut
Ollivander's Wand shop
My friend Candace and I waiting in line for Ollivander's
A few of the wands that they have. The 3rd one would be my birthday month one
This wand that the girl got was NOT right for her. it made a mess of these shelves!
While waiting for Ollivander's I saw this snowman all dressed up in Hogwarts gear, with snow owl and all!
The Sorting Hat (if you look closely you can see the face of the hat)
The Dragon Challenge. They had two different dragons you could ride. the red one was our favorite, so here is the picture with me and the sign.