the stories of a los angeles violinist

harry potter heaven

Added on by Jordan Martone.

i went to the wizarding world of harry potter and had the time of my life!

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^ this was my face the whole day. i looked like a total goober and i didn't care one little bit.

i grew up reading the harry potter books. i saved up all my allowance money so that i could buy the sorcerer's stone from costco as a little girl. and my mom used to read the books aloud to us kids every summer. it's my childhood in a nutshell. so, when i decided that i wanted to go to harry potter world for my 23rd birthday, it was only natural to invite my family too.

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hogsmeade looks every bit as magical as you hope it would. there are no filters on any of these photos, only pure magic. the ride inside the hogwarts castle was a total hoot and a half. it's so much more than a simulator ride.

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the three broomsticks! aside from it's amazing atmosphere, it has the best theme park food i've ever had. it definitely gives disney a run for its money (coming from a disney nut, that's saying something!) we opted for the "feast" which feeds 4+ people and I'd argue up to 6-7 people. it was a glorious culinary experience, guys... glorious.

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you best believe i got a ravenclaw scarf! (thanks anna!) and my brother & sister bought me a wand for my birthday :) by the end of the day, my mom, sister, and even joe were jealous of my scarf. i was pretty decked out.

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non-potter related: i had a moment with alfred...

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kenna got herself a time turner keychain. she hates it, obviously.

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ollivander's wand shop is the stuff little kid dreams are made of! i ended up with hermione's wand. *insert heart eyes emoji here* 

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and the butterbeer! we tried both the cold and the frozen versions and i can't choose a favorite, to be honest. they're equally delicious. i felt so harry-tastic sitting in hogsmeade with the "windows to the past" flute song playing in the background. mosh musician/fan over here.

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^ appropriate photo to describe the day... 

my birthday felt like such a celebration by spending it at harry potter world. it's so worth the trip, if you're thinking about it. the thing that impressed me the most was how every inch of the park was "in the wizarding world", meaning that there were no logos, no heinz ketchup at lunch or out-of-place trash cans. everything was disguised in the style of the wizarding world and i never once felt like i was still in hollywood, CA. i have mad respect for this place.