If there is one thing you guys should know about us, it’s that we are gigantic, unashamed, Potterheads. I say should know because we believe in letting our geek flag fly. In the words of Simon Pegg: “Being a geek means never having to play it cool about how much you like something.” Well, we don’t merely like Harry Potter, we see it more as a way of life. For example, in our world, JK Rowling is queen and anything HP-related is cause for celebration. This past weekend, Universal Studios Orlando held A Celebration of Harry Potter expo, and you can bet we donned our wizard robes, packed our wands and joined in the celebrating.
A significant part of the expo focused on the Diagon Alley expansion to The Wizarding World, said to be finished this coming summer! The Hogwarts Express will transport people back and forth from “London” to Hogsmeade. Based on what we heard this weekend and the live webcast Thursday morning, we are beyond excited to learn just how immense and detailed Diagon Alley will be. It will include The Knight Bus, Knockturn Alley (Borgin & Burkes), three stories of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s, Quality Quidditch Supplies, The Daily Prophet… just to name a few. It’s going to have everything true Harry Potter fans love about the books and movies. Apparently, there will be a life-size dragon atop Gringott’s Wizarding Bank which will house the “Escape from Gringott’s” ride. We’re envisioning a roller coaster of sorts racing through the underground vaults. For more specific information regarding the expansion, visit LeakyNews!
Overall, the most brilliant aspect of the expo was that Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley, not pictured) were there to not only grace our presence, but to answer fan questions about everything Harry Potter. To have seen these people, this cast of characters that we grew up with, in the flesh was almost unbelievable. This is an experience we will never forget, and we feel so grateful to have been able to attend.
We feel this is as good a time as any to start revealing information about this summer, when we have plans to take our love for Harry Potter to the next level. We are still figuring out details, and we don’t want to give too much away, but we can confidently say that if you are as passionate about the series as we are then you are going to love what we have in store! For now, we’ll just say that we are planning to be apart of something huge that is taking place in Orlando in July. This also means that new, and magical, products are headed your way! Keep your eyes and ears open and we will continue to reveal information. Until then, peace and love, muggles.