“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of Number 4 Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much”. That was the first sentence in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, and little did I know that my life was changed forever. Now not only can I read the books or watch the movies, I can go there in person! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter located at The Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios; Orlando, Florida is Heaven for Potterheads all over! Ever since it opened many witches, wizards, and even ‘muggles’ have come to visit—Even though Salazar Slytherin’s portrait does not agree.
At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter one can experience lots of exhilarating rides and shows! One of my favorite shows is when the Hogwarts Choir comes out to preform, and the talent of these singers grows each time I visit. The rides are astonishing! The Flight of the Hippogriff is a ride to fly on Buckbeak (or Witherwings as he is still undercover) and even though the ride is for our smaller Potterheads, it is still enjoyable for all ages. The Dragon Challenge is a ride in which a person gets to pick whether him/her wants to ride the Chinese Fireball or the Hungarian Horntail—THE MOST TERRIFYING THING IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!! Both the Horntail and Fireball are high-speed roller coasters and both fill me with liters of adrenaline! The best ride is The Forbidden Journey, a ride where I get to go around the school, fly with Harry, avoid Dementors and the Whomping Willow, and even get face to face with a dragon! Still, these experiences only make up half—if not less—of the magic.
As I walk in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter I tend to come across many shops and carts. The Three Broomsticks is the pub where people eat and attached is the Hogs Head Bar, so adults can get their Firewhiskey. At Olivanders Wand shop, one can try out wands and see which wand chooses him/her as “The wand chooses...