Expecto Awesome – New Photo from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I will make no apologies for being excited about this:

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

And by this, I mean a glimpse into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park they’re putting together in Orlando. Sure, it’s a theme park. Natania, you say, it’s not real! You can go to Europe to see real castles. You don’t need to go to a glitzy Orlando theme park to get your kicks.

Well, first I don’t live in Europe, and I certainly can’t afford a trip no matter how much I want to go. And the closest “castle” of any sort is the Biltmore which, while it looks magical, also is magically expensive (especially when there’s so many people going through you never get a chance to look at the Albrecht Dürer prints or admire the textiles or portraits… not that I’m bitter!).

I started reading the Harry Potter series well after the rest of the world, mostly because I was plain stubborn and considered such childish things quite beneath me (I was immersed in James Joyce at the time, to put it into perspective, morosely making my way through Ulysses, which I never actually finished). But during a particularly weak moment during finals the first semester of my junior year, something cracked, and I walked myself to the library and picked up the first volume. I was, dare I say, enchanted. I also stayed up far too late reading and ended up taking finals half-asleep. Oh, sure, it’s not high literature, but it’s a damned lot of fun. And from page one I wanted to be in that world.

So now, it looks like I can be (well, as soon as the lines die down… which will probably take until 2020). I mean, can you see the detail here? It’s staggering. I can’t wait to be sorted!

[via /Film]

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8 Responses to Expecto Awesome – New Photo from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  1. I am a 28 year old woman with 4 degrees. I own my own buisness, and I’m married with a toddler. I also have my parents live with me so I can take care of my ailing, elderly father. I’m a serious woman- and I love Harry Potter. Like you, I refused to read these “childrens books” when everyone else raved about them.
    One Holiday season I was spending with family and one of my “flighty” aunts got the first four books as a gift, which she already had and so left on the table for anyone to read. I was desperate to escape my family, but there was nothing more then tabloids to read, so I picked up the books. And I haven’t put them down since. They are easy to read, multi-layered, well written, and just a fun world to immerse yourself in when you need an escape. I have shared these books with other “serious” friends, and they have all fallen in love too, despite being embarassed by being seen reading them. When my daughter is old enough I will bequeth them to her and continue the tradition. I will also let her in on a secret, books are always better then movies, and never be influenced by what others might think of you, just enjoy life without boundries. I like literature, art, family, good red wine, old burbon on the rocks, the Victorian and Edwardian periods, Equestrianism, and Harry Potter, and I’m proud of it!
    The theme park will open right when my daughters interest peaks, and I can’t wait to take her!

  2. I am a 28 year old woman with 4 degrees. I own my own buisness, and I'm married with a toddler. I also have my parents live with me so I can take care of my ailing, elderly father. I'm a serious woman- and I love Harry Potter. Like you, I refused to read these "childrens books" when everyone else raved about them.

    One Holiday season I was spending with family and one of my "flighty" aunts got the first four books as a gift, which she already had and so left on the table for anyone to read. I was desperate to escape my family, but there was nothing more then tabloids to read, so I picked up the books. And I haven't put them down since. They are easy to read, multi-layered, well written, and just a fun world to immerse yourself in when you need an escape. I have shared these books with other "serious" friends, and they have all fallen in love too, despite being embarassed by being seen reading them. When my daughter is old enough I will bequeth them to her and continue the tradition. I will also let her in on a secret, books are always better then movies, and never be influenced by what others might think of you, just enjoy life without boundries. I like literature, art, family, good red wine, old burbon on the rocks, the Victorian and Edwardian periods, Equestrianism, and Harry Potter, and I'm proud of it!

    The theme park will open right when my daughters interest peaks, and I can't wait to take her!

  3. I’m hoping to be one of the first in line for that. Sometimes its good to live in Florida despite the tourists, heat, and humidity.

    I’ve loved Harry Potter ever since it came out, and I was one of those people who reread all the books and picked it apart for the tiniest hint of what was to come. I’m so happy that they’re making a theme park for it, let’s just hope it lives up to the hype.

  4. I'm hoping to be one of the first in line for that. Sometimes its good to live in Florida despite the tourists, heat, and humidity.

    I've loved Harry Potter ever since it came out, and I was one of those people who reread all the books and picked it apart for the tiniest hint of what was to come. I'm so happy that they're making a theme park for it, let's just hope it lives up to the hype.

  5. OMG! Super excited! I want to go live in Harry Potter land: this is going to be amazing! Thanks for the awesome updates – I'm addicted. It would be cool if the moan had to do with something potter-esque but I'm guessing it's just part of the Dragons ride… but while we're guessing; my two cents is for Dementors!

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