Saved the best for last! Los Angeles a.k.a. City of Angels is the last leg of my American trip and what better way to end it? A tour in Universal Studios’ Hollywood specifically in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. *squeals* If you don’t know yet, I’m a huge Potterhead!
I distinctly remember when I was in 1st Grade, I chance upon the movie poster of the sorcerer’s stone in the news paper and I asked my Mom to watch it with me eagerly. And yes, I am hooked on the first movie! During that time, I had no idea the story came from a book until the third movie. Hey! I was still a kid not minding printed stuff. Lol! A feeling of bittersweet came knowing all I’m ever gonna do is replay the series on Saturday nights. Fast forward to a few years, Universal Studios opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Again, I got really exhilarated and promised myself that one day I’ll go and visit the said place! When I visited America the thought that was running in mind was “Must Visit Universal Studios in Hollywood or Florida”! Can you imagine my excitement during that time?
P.S. As I type this blog post, Harry Potter OST is playing as my background music to have that maximum feels.
We went to Universal Studios quite early that day to avoid long queue. I suggest buying tickets online since the line in the theme park gets very long even when you arrive early and L.A. heat is unforgiving that day so better arm yourself with water and sunblock.
The first thing you will see when entering Harry Potter World is the “Welcome to Hogsmeade” sign.
On to your right side is the Hogwarts Express Train that people flock to take photos.
A random wizard welcomes you upon entering!
Oh I wish it was really Winter in L.A. that time! But the snow on the roof made it look like it!
Hogwarts Castle! *squeals* I don’t know how many times I literally squealed when I entered Hogsmeade. Good thing we came early since the line in this 4d ride can be a bit exaggerated. And yes, if you’re wondering how early we got there, around 7:30 AM! Perks of going early? I get to ride the 4d twice. Sorry, Transformers and Spiderman, but the Harry Potter and the Forbidden journey is the best ride!
Finally entering Hogwarts Castle. *squeals* again! ü
Just like in the movies, portraits inside the castle moves and explains the history of Hogwarts four houses!
Dumbledore’s cool elevator going to his Chamber!
More talking portraits.
Off to explore shops!
Random fact: I low-key root for Slytherin.
The Monsters book inside the Monster Cage! It constantly moves and bites every time. Lol
Hogwarts’ Owl Mail!
Ollivanders wand shop! You can go inside and buy yourself wands, I personally bought Harry’s Regular wand and Dumbledore’s Interactive wand where you can use it around hogsmeade and do certain spells and tricks! Also, you can watch the live 5 minute demo where one lucky guest is chosen to try out different wands and perform spells out loud. We were all really happy because every time a kid performs a spell, special effects ensue. Low-key wished I get to try it soon!
Got really excited that I forgot to take photos of myself! Thank God my Mom reminded me of being a Good Blogger. Lol
Of course, one does not leave Hogsmeade without drinking the famous Butter Beer. Don’t worry, the ones they sell in the theme park is non-alcohol. You can choose on buying the regular one which is just a plain cup or you can opt for a collectible mug which I am using now as a brush holder for my makeup. Lol
After a few snapchat videos of me drinking butter beer, a lot of people have been asking me how it tastes like. It’s basically a caramel cream soda in my taste. Too sweet for my liking if you ask me, so if you only want to try it, look for someone to share it with. If not, then prepare yourself with major CARAMEL RUSH. *pun intended* 😉
People started to flock later that day. Whew
Look what my nephew got me! A Gryffindor collectible cap. 🙂
Since the heat is unbearable that day (Talk about 90 degrees) I found a corner where I enjoyed my Butter Beer. Lol
The famous poster of Sirius Black.
Final Photo in Honey dukes before leaving WWOHP and explore more of Universal Studious Hollywood!
One last look of the Castle. *tears*
Bloody Hell! I need floo powder right now! Take me back to Harry Potter’s World!