A week ago, I got to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the homage to Hogwarts within Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Because I know so many of my readers are huge HP fans, I made sure to take tons of photos to post on Just Plain Something. While I will be posting a bunch of pictures in the next three posts (yes, it will take that many posts to get through it all!), let me assure you that I won’t be able to share everything from the park with you. There will be plenty for you to discover for yourselves when you make it down to Florida. This is just a taste of what you’ll be able to experience.
Before you get into the ride within Hogwarts, you go through different parts of the castle. The first part of the line is in the dungeon area of the castle. There are lots of things to see down there, including the Mirror of Erised. In case you were wondering, my deepest desire was apparently standing in a long line surrounded by sweaty tourists.
Above you can see Dumbledore’s office. It’s a bit hard to see in the photo, but Dumbledore (still played by Michael Gambon) welcomes you, the first muggles to ever come to Hogwarts and warns you of the dangers within the castle. He is LCD, projected on a screen behind his desk, and while it’s obvious Dumbledore isn’t actually in the room, it’s far better than animatronics.
Similar to Dumbledore’s office, the Defense against the Dark Arts classroom features Ron, Harry and Hermoine greeting you. They want you to ditch the ghostly boring Professor Biggs’ lecture coming up (although Hermoine swears that it’s actually fascinating) to go see a Quidditch match.
So, that’s all for Part 1 of my trip to Hogwarts.