Location: Universal Studios, Orlando / Florida, USA
Couple of years ago I had a chance to visit the Universal Studios in Orlando. For a movie freak like me this was something incredible. Seeing places, characters and items from your favourite movies in real life is such an extraordinary experience.
There were a lot of activities and areas for lots of movies in the Universal Studios however in this post I’ll be focusing on the Harry Potter part. A little heads up I grew up with Harry Potter movies and I am craaaaazy about them. So you’ll hear the story of Universal Studios from a girl who is in love with the wizarding world and still believes that magic exist in this world.
Universal studios gave me the opportunity of becoming a Hogwarts student for a day and I remember that I literally felt like I was part of the movies and books. This was such a unique experience for me and I am sure if you are a Potterhead it will be an unforgettable experience for you too.
My memories of that day is pretty vague because the day went by so fast and I remember I have never felt so happier in my life before. My body did not know how to react to this amount of happiness that I couldn’t hold myself but cried when I first saw the brick door that opens up to Diagon Alley.
Suddenly I saw my childhood, all those wand wars in the corridors of our apartment and how we used to imagine to become wizards one day, sneaking away from your parents only to check the mail box to find your Hogwarsts letter or turning any stick you find into a wand and many more…
This movie series shaped my childhood and became a huge part of my life. As my memories surrounded me, my heart felt like exploding. And the moment I have passed the entrance that is made out of bricks just like the in the movie, my heart was beating so fast that I though I could die. It was kind of like waiting for a celebrity to show up after their concert for a fan sign event.
I lost myself.
Wearing the official cloak of Hogwarts students, holding the wand walking through the streets of Diagon Alley, doing the little magic tricks they have placed in the streets, going through the shops and being able to buy everything you see in the movies, going to Gringotts bank, booooi that simulation roller coaster in there was a precious experience I’ll never forget. It was literally what some people call as LIVING THE MOVIE and BECOMING PART OF THE MOVIE.
Going to wand store and finally buying your own wand after spending all those years with the fake ones you have created out of garbage, watching the little performance of the first wand buying scene of the movie and wishing to be the that lucky kid who was at the front and asked to be part of the performance as Harry to pick up his first wand. Tears were rolling down on my cheeks. I just couldn’t hold myself. For me this was such an emotional experience.
It was priceless.
Being able to see something that you have always believed that will never come true was an unbelievable experience. There are things you hope and that have potential to become real. However, when you have a dream to become part of the wizarding world deep inside you know that you’ll never get a chance to fulfill this wish. Or so I thought… Universal Studios gave me a chance to fulfill this wish.
Hearing the sound of the moving bricks as you enter Diagon Alley, discovering the dark side of the magic while going through the back streets, being able to buy all those school supplies or have some fun at the magic trick store of the Fred & George’s, drinking the butter bear, seeing other people dressed as wizards ….
Even though it was all fiction, it was so real that it just made me believe more in magic. I personally think believing in magic is something important. Not just magic but things that we believed as children. Still being able to keep some of those pure and innocent beliefs is really important.
It keeps the child in you alive which lets you to have fun and look at the world from a different perspective. It brings you some uniqueness and helps you ignore all the limiting factors that withhold you from your full potential. Imagination is something important to hold on to because we imagine and then we make it.
Being able to imagine all sorts of things I think is a nice step towards a better, more colourful, cheerful and meaningful future. So,
It is important to remember that we all have magic inside us.J.K. Rowling
And don’t forget it is better to be a day dreamer wizard than a cranky muggle 😉