As some of you know, or might have guessed by now, I’m a huge book fan.
“No, really?” I hear you say sardonically. Well, seeing as how I’m also an author I should hope so. But more than that, there is one particular author that has captured not only my attention and imagination, but that of my whole family and many other families too. Who am I talking about? The infallible JK Rowling, who else?
Now I’d love to tell you all that below is an interview with the author of all authors, but sadly that is not the case. Although I’d love to do an interview with her, I’m afraid the rungs on my blogging ladder don’t reach that high up. Sniffle.
Ever the dogged fan, however, I decided to share with you some of my most treasured experiences and merchandise from the land of wizarding marvels. “Bloody hell, that’s brill!” the voice of Ron Wesley insists. Ron’s right, it is brill if you’re a Harry Potter nut like myself. In fact, I’d probably go as far as saying that there aren’t many nuts like me. My eleven-year-old’s birthday was Hogwarts themed, for goodness sake. You can check it out here if you like. And for his actual birthday gift, we went to Hogsmeade in Universal Studios. Just check out some of the pictures here. My fav was the train ride between Diagonalley and Hogsmeade, or maybe the Gringotts ride, or maybe it was the interactive magic wands… oh, who am I kidding, I loved it all. Here are some shots from our magical adventure.
But what’s a holiday without the memorabilia. For me, having something tangible, something that might gain in value over time, something that I can pass down to my kids, is more than worth it. Some of these items I got outside of Universal studios, while others were treasures I found in the wonderful wizarding world. I've linked as many as I can to online purchasing. Have a look and click the image to find out more.
First, and foremost, the collection of novels by JK Rowling. All seven novels came in this wonderful holder which replicates Harry's trunk. It's a fabulous addition to any library and something that can be used over and over again. This wasn't bought in Universal Stuidos... could you imagine lugging that around... this was bought online.
My next find in Universal was the small leather letter holder, complete with paper and envelopes with the Hogwarts emblem. Along with that, I found this fabulous quill set, all held in a beautiful presentation box, complete with ink and all.
Then, of course, there's the wands. Popping into Olivanders, the choice was mind-boggling. Not only could you choose your favourite characters wand, but you had the option of buying an interactvie wand that would, after some swishing and incantations, make things move, dribble water, and fall apart inside the wizarding community.This particular wand is an exact replica of Harry Potter's wand and comes with a certificate of authenticity. It's sturdy and is something that will definitely gain value over time and can be passed down through generations.
Then there are the Nom Nom's. Who could pass up on the opportunity to crack open a chocolate frog, chow down on a chocolate wand, or even try the many terrific and terrible tastes of Bertie Bot's every flavoured Beans... watch out for the vomit tasting ones, blach.
For anyone remotely interested in Harry Potter or JK Rowling’s works, I would highly recommend traveling to Orlando and basking in the quirky wonderment of her world. Don't forget to pick out your own treasures and keepsakes.
This is not a sponsored post.
This is not a sponsored post.