Breaking News: Elizabeth Clare Harris, Sophomore of University of St. Thomas, was finally accepted into Hogwarts. A lifelong dream has finally come true, and she will be dropping out of her classes at UST in order to fulfill her destiny, as revealed by a prophecy, of becoming a witch.
Unfortunately, the above statement is completely false. However, there is some rather exciting news I have yet to share with my loyal readers….over spring break I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!
I was lucky enough to join my mother on a business trip down in Florida this spring break and received the opportunity to visit Harry Potter World for a day with my sister. For those of you who do not know, I am quite the Harry Potter fanatic. I was the girl who read all of the books within two days of their release, dressed up for the midnight premieres of the movies, and held onto the dream of receiving a Hogwarts acceptance letter in the mail ever since reading the first book.
Going to Harry Potter World gave me the chance to finally be a part of the stories I grew up with and will always keep close to my heart. I finally got to feel as though I was living the fantasies I’d created in my imagination for over ten years. It was the opportunity of a lifetime!!!
The minute I walked through the gates to my own personal Mecca, the magic of Harry Potter was upon me. The Hogwarts Express was picking up young witches and wizards and the Butterbeer keg was flowing while keeping the Floridian magicians hydrated and happy throughout the hot spring day. Being the skilled witch that I am, I rode a dragon on the ride “Dragon Challenge” and explored Ollivander’s Wand Shop as I bought my supplies needed for my first year at Hogwarts. I strolled through Honeydukes Candy Shop and gorged myself on Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans…watch out for the Bogie Flavors!!! I dined at the Hog’s Head and finally toured my future home…Hogwarts Castle. In the castle, I encountered Dementors, giant spiders, dragons, and even got to meet my future headmaster DUMBLEDORE!!!! What a bro.
All in all, my day spent at Harry Potter World was magical (pun intended). It far surpassed my expectations and made me feel as though I was actually a part of these treasured tales. I can’t wait to go back and experience the amazing adventure again someday.
**PS Shout Out to my boy who lived Harry Potter.