Hogwarts Hollywood

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios Hollywood this April and you can imagine the excitement on my face. Although the forecast read cloudy and possible chance of rain, this did not stop us. Well, it worked out for the better since people in California are afraid of the rain 😂 and it will be less crowded. We purchased our tickets the night before and tucked ourselves into bed early as we planned to leave at 7 am. Came morning, I had skipped breakfast (wanted to grab a to go breakfast but then completely forgot in excitement), packed our bags and we were on our way.

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We were welcomed by Académie de Magie Beauxbâtons (in French) dance and shortly followed by a performance from the Durmstang institute. At this point the sun was out, there was a slight breeze, the perfect weather for Hogawarts adventure. We had decided to go on the rides first before exploring Hogsmeade, there were only two rides; one was a simulation and the other was a short rollercoaster ride.  Harry Potter and the forbidden journey takes you through the corridors and classrooms of Hogwarts before you are seated for the ride. The motion-based ride takes you through most of the scenes from the movies, which included the Quidditch match and getting up close with the Dementors 😮

I didn’t enjoy the Flight of the Hippogriff as it wasn’t a thrilling rollercoaster, but hey you get a good view of the Hogwarts park. Below you’ll see a stall that was set up for those who wanted to purchase wands however we wanted to wait and visit Ollivanders, hoping to be chosen for a special wand fitting.

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Wearing: Topshop bottoms / Mango Denim Shirt / Target Henleys top / Nike Free RN Flyknits

Luckily for us, it was not as crowded as we had foreseen and we managed to take a tour in all of the stores in Hogsmeade. Here is a short rundown of the rest of the day by sending a letter from Owls Post, enjoying Butter Beer (slush version was my favorite👌🏽) on the cobbled streets, shopping for sweets at Honey Dukes (Yes they had Pear drops, PEAR DROPS!! 🍐) and of course visiting the wand shop Ollivanders. 

It was pretty a magical day and it goes without saying that it had brought out the inner child in me who day-dreamed of what it would be liked to be a witch in Hogwarts for the rest of the day.

Mansur x

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