If you’re a big fan of Harry Potter, you probably already heard about this amazing place: the Harry Potter Wizarding World! It’s part of the theme park Islands of Adventure and it is a must-see for every fan. I’m a big fan of Harry Potter myself and when I went to Florida with my parents in 2011, I kept asking them to go there all the time. And eventually I got my way. When we were in Orlando, we visited the park and it was an amazing experience.
You enter this part of the park through a big gate, behind which lies the village of Hogsmeade. This is where all the shops are, like Zonko’s, Ollivander’s and Honeyduke’s. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, it’s worth it to walk around in the stores for a while. There is so much to see and to recognize from the movies, like Bertie Bott’s Beans and chocolate frogs.
I bought the Bertie Bott’s Beans, but I was sometimes afraid to eat them. You really don’t know what flavor they will be, they all smell the same and one color can have many different flavors. I also bought a time turner, the thing Hermoine used in the third book to go back in time. And I bought my own wand at Ollivander’s! You can buy the wand of a character or your own wand. And as you know, the wand chooses you, so which wand you get depends on your date of birth.
You can also spot the Hogwarts express in Hogsmeade. And there are a lot of other details, like a snowman dressed up as Harry Potter, a stand that sells Butterbeer and a choir of Hogwarts students, singing songs with their frogs, just like in the movies!
There are many cool attractions around Hogsmeade, but the best one according to me was Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. We had to stand in line for a really long time, but it wasn’t so bad, because the decor around the line was amazing. It went through the office of Dumbledore, the Defence against the dark arts classroom, the Gryffindor Common Room, the Room of Requirement, the sorting hat and much more.
Afterwards, you get on a ride where it looks like you are flying behind Harry on his broomstick. You pass a dragon, the spiders and the quidditch field where you are attacked by dementors. It was an amazing experience and if it wasn’t for the long line, I’d have ridden it again.