For many kids, Harry Potter is a huge part of their childhood. For those kids graduating or nearly graduating, they basically grew up along side Harry Potter. When Harry entered school, so did they.
When I first started reading it out loud to my kiddos, Parker was just 7. We were on a trip up the coast. He got tired of waiting for me to read to him so he went on and finished it on his own. He read one after another, waiting for each new volume to come out. When the last few came out I had to buy two copies. One for him to read and one for myself. On Wednesday of our trip we travelled to visit the Harry Potter sets at Warner Brothers Studio. It did not disappoint. While we were all excited, it was clear Parker downright giddy. One great thing about the Harry Potter books is that it motivates kids to read. When Gracie found out we were going to visit here she decided she would read the first book on her own and set the goal to finish before we got there. She only had 79 pages left to read in Paris and then her book disappeared. We had to pick up on new copy in England. Did you know the first book is called The Philosophers Stone in Europe? Well, we got her a copy and she finished the book while walking up to the building from the parking lot. She did it! We had fun walking through the sets and seeing all the props, etc. There were all kinds of signs to read telling how they did things. It was fascinating. And of course Parker had to read them all! Below are the great doors that we got to enter. “In your dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.” Dumbledore
“Where your treasure is. There will your heart be also.” Dumbledore“Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” Dumbledore
We tried some Butter Beer. (Butterscotch flavored Rootbeer).
Some liked it, some didn’t.
We got to sit in the Weasley’s Flying car.
We walked through Diagon Alley and were careful not to call it Diagonally.
Did you know that every person that worked on one of the films had their names printed on one of the wand boxes shown on the set? Pretty cool. After the tour we let the three youngest pick out a wand as their souvenir. It was a great idea. It has entertained them for hours. And much better then the wooden swords we got from the castle. You are not suppose to hit people with wands, just point them and say spells. Much better then swords.
It was a magical day.