If you’re planning a visit to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter and you’ve never read the books, you’ve struggled to stay awake during the movies or you simply just don’t get it, this post is for you. Now, before you go casting spells on me, let me come clean. I really really want to like Harry Potter. But I don’t.
I’ve tried repeatedly to ‘get into’ the remarkably popular books by J.K. Rowling, but somehow the magic alludes me and I’ve never been swept away into that spellbinding world. Maybe it’s just not my genre, but I’ve always been nonplussed by the whole thing. Nonetheless, I’m a good sport and since my son loves the young wizard, I planned a family adventure to immerse ourselves in all things Harry Potter. Here’s my guide to help the non-Potter fan make the most of a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
I’ve always felt like the entire Harry Potter thing is some wonderful secret I’m not in on. Thus, I had to approach my visit from a different angle. Although I don’t know the stories by heart, I knew just enough to have a vague understanding of what I was about to experience. Researching some of the key terms is important. Wizards, Muggles, Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, Voldemort (don’t say that one out loud), Diagon Alley, and Knockturn Alley are a few good ones to look up before your trip. You may also want to familiarize yourself with the core characters and practice affecting a British accent to truly impress your travel mates.
Next, study the Universal website to learn about the rides and the absolute musts. Once you’ve established the major attractions, you’re ready to order matching Hogwarts shirts for the family.
Ta-da! Nothing says I’m up for a good time, like family t-shirts for wearing in an amusement park.