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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WIP Wednesday - Christmas Dragons (plus Florida part III - Harry Potter World!)

(Detail of the still being fiddled with Christmas mailer...)

On our third day of Florida, we hit Universal Studios, the primary reason was for a visit to the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter. :-)
The entrance to Hogsmeade...

Our picture taken in front of the steaming Hogwarts Express with the heavily accented conductor.

A peek at the snowy skyline of Hogsmeade...

...with its crooked chimneys and random dormers...

The entrance to The Three Broomsticks (which was serving very British fare) -

The street was lined with store fronts of great character and fabulous window dressing..

...Outside the cauldron shop...

In the Owl Post (where the roosting owls moved, hooted, and boasted roosts complete with bird droppings...)

In Ollivander's Wand Shop - where we got to watch a wand magically choosing it's owner...

All of the employees were dressed appropriately wizardy...

And past the end of the street, you could see Hogwarts off in the distance....

It is enormous, rocky and castlely...

And as one zig-zags back and forth throughout the castle on ones' way to the interior ride - you can see all sorts of Hogwarty things, such as talking paintings...

Dumbledore's office. The Gryffindor common room. Various classrooms. All in murky dim, maintaining the illusion...

And here be one of the happy visitees - holding her Hermione wand, wearing her Ravenclaw scarf and eating a chocolate frog. Twas a magical day. :-) It couldn't have looked more perfect. My only wish was that there was *more*. Or maybe that we could live there...?

1 comment:

PG said...

Good Lord! For once, I am speechless!
(It's HUGE!)