Favorite part of new Harry Potter trailer?
|The romantic good vs. evil swan dive||
|The "mother" of all duels||
|The Knights of Hogwarts||
|Dropped Dead Fred||
|3397 votes in total|
I have not been invited into Pottermore yet (but hope is still alive) and I think opening a new room at the new castle is a sound idea for those discussions. If you don’t want to be spoiled before the Oct debut, you can just not visit that room. And everyone else can just revel in it! ;)
A new room in the new castle would not require “spoiler” alerts, since it will be dedicated to that one purpose. Which will still leave CC open for school, travel and family news type posts that are not quite right for here. ;)
I’m glad you knew where Brianhead is Ironsos cause I was going to tell Lemon that I have absolutely no idea.
excuses, excuses LemonFaerie (LOL) stick to the excersizing!!!!!!! I expect that of you (pushy brat ain’t I ?). Thanks for the explination of the story bible – now I can picture it in my mind.
I was going to suggest using the Ministry of Magic part of the new Castle to store the info we find in Pottermore in one central place, it can be organized by topic, ie Harry; Ginny; Ron; Hannah Abbott etc. but for the life of me I can not find a way in there for anyone and everyone to be able to create a new topic or edit an existing topic which is what we need to be able to do. Like we can do on FaceBook in our Leaky Friends. Maybe PBBB and/or Felipe can go in and change that for us. But that is what we need so as we find out new things we can go right there and share it in an organized way (so it is easy to read and remember).
I will try to stop in for a brief visit Ironsos
It seems to me there is something just a bit ironic the the judges on America’s Got Talent are all non-Americans…..
Glad I am not living on the East Coast ….. Protego to ya’ll.
I just got back from Orlando yesterday. It was TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!! We only spent one day in Universal, since the tickets were so expensive, but I got to spend almost the whole day in Hogwarts and it was so cool!! We went on Tuesday and we got up really early so we got to Universal around 9:30. I had to practically drag my family through City Walk because I wanted to just sprint to Hogsmeade, but for some reason, the rest of them didn’t seem quite as excited as I was. ;) So after about a mile of walking from the parking ramp, we FINALLY got there. It was amazing, it felt so real. It’s so easy to forget you’re not really in Hogsmeade. The buildings were perfect, and the only thing that felt weird was all the snow on the roofs when it was about 100 degrees out. You walk in through the gate, and the Hogwarts express is there with steam coming out of the engine, and the train station is next to it that was actually where they had a bunch of lockers. I walked down the street for a few minutes, just staring at all the buildings because it was so perfect. The first two shops there were Zonko’s and Honeydukes, which were connected. The Zonko’s side had a bunch of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes stuff. They had extendable ears, stuffed animal pygmy puffs, even U-No-Poo! The U-No-Poo was little jars of what looked like M&Ms. I meant to check the ingredients and see if they actually worked, but I forgot. ;) My dad’s friend had asked him to buy a Pygmy Puff for his daughter, so we went in and got a pink one, and the cashier held it up and announced the “adoption” to the whole store. LOL!! My dad was mortified!!! :D Then we went into Honeydukes and drooled over all the candy. :) I wanted some of everything, but it was all really expensive. We ended up getting a chocolate frog, and some Every-Flavour-Beans. The chocolate wasn’t very good, which was a bit disappointing, but the card was holographic!! I got Rowena Ravenclaw. :) The beans were fun too. Although there was far too many vomit and earwax flavored ones. They’re supposed to be rare… I rather enjoyed the pepper ones though. ;)
Eventually I tore myself away from the sweets to check out the rides. We had gotten express passes so we wouldn’t have to wait long, but unfortunately we couldn’t use them on the Forbidden Journey ride, and the Dragon Challenge was closed all day. :( I never got to ride that one, which was disappointing, but I had ridden it before, it just wasn’t Harry Potter themed last time I was there. We went on the flight of the Hippogriff first, and we did get to use the passes on that one, so we didn’t have to wait long. It was short and gentle, but it was fun. I’m pretty sure it was meant as a kiddy coaster, not that anyone really cared. ;) You fly over Hagrid’s hut, and Buckbeak is sitting at the beginning of the ride. It was cool, but really short. So then we went over to the Forbidden Journey, and the wait was an hour and a half, but we figured it might just get worse later, so we decided to ride it then. I went to the bathroom first though, which was kind of awesome. You could hear Moaning Myrtle wailing in there. It was the best bathroom break ever. LOL
So then we got in line for the Forbidden Journey, and the wait wasn’t actually too bad. It was long, yes, but once we got inside the castle, there was plenty to look at. As soon as you go in, you pass by the Mirror of Erised, and this statue that I’m pretty sure is the one with the secret passage to Honeydukes. Or maybe I’m just making that up… IDK. Anyway, there was a statue. Then it led you back outside to the greenhouses. We stood out there for a LONG time, but I was admiring the detail. I was rather impressed by all the fake rust. LOL Everything looked so old and authentic, but when you got up close, you could see that it was actually just painted that way. There were fans blowing mist around, so the heat wasn’t unbearable, and there were a bunch of plants hanging from the ceiling. Then you go back into the castle and you pass by the house hourglasses. I was sad to see that Ravenclaw was losing. :( There was a group of three girls behind me who seemed upset by this too, so we got talking and even started singing Get Back to Hogwarts. Next you went through a room full of portraits, and the four founders were all arguing with each other on the walls. Then it led into Dumbledore’s office and they had the pensieve there and Dumbledore was standing behind his desk talking. Unfortunately the line chose this moment to speed up, so I couldn’t hear what he was saying. Next was the Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom, where the trio was up on the ledge outside of the teacher’s office. They door opens and you can hear them talking, then they take off the invisibility cloak and tell you about your “mission”. Then you go through a short corridor where the Fat Lady’s portrait is, and then the Gryffindor Common Room. There were three portraits on the walls who give you the safety warnings and what-not. Then you go down another corridor that finally takes you to the ride. Right before you get on, you see the Sorting Hat. The ride entrance was the Room of Requirement. They had some candles hanging from the ceiling, and mirrors on the walls that made it look like it went on forever. It took me a few seconds to figure out that the room actually wasn’t that big. :)
Wow…this is really long. I’m gonna post this, then type up the rest.
hey there HW glad you enjoyed the park, and thanks for the report (so far, waiting on the rest LOL)
When you finally get on the ride, you get into these bench seats with a shoulder restraint that fits four people. You move out of the Room of Requirement and you see Hermione on a ledge tossing floo powder at you and tell you to say Observatory. Naturally, I was the only one who actually said it. ;) You go up to the Astronomy Tower and Harry shows up on a broom. You fly over Hogwarts a bit and see Hagrid on a bridge asking if Harry’s see a dragon. Then the Hungarian Horntail appears and starts destroying stuff. You fly around, trying to avoid it and it breathes fire in one of the rider’s faces. Then you go into the forest to escape, and run into the spiders. They hang above you and Aragog spits in your face, then you fly out of the forest and onto the Quidditch pitch. You watch them play for a bit, but then Dementors come out, and you’re trying to escape them. You fly into the Chamber of Secrets, and you see the Basilisk skeleton, and then there are dementors all around you making creepy sucking noises. (I was sitting there shouting Expecto Patronum!) And then Harry comes and does a patronus and sends them away. You fly back into the castle then and into the entrance chamber where you see people cheering with Harry on their shoulders and Dumbledore congratulates you on arriving back safely. Then it leads you into another room where you get off the ride.
The exit leads you into a gift shop, Filch’s Emporium, where they had things like T-shirts, stuffed animals (Hedwig puppets), mugs, Marauder’s maps… After the ride, we decided to go back to the car for lunch. We went back, ate, and when we came back, I was about to collapse from the heat. So me and my dad went on this log flume ride in the cartoon section of the park. We got completely soaked, but when we got back outside, a bunch of clouds had rolled in and it wasn’t nearly as hot as before. My family wanted to do other things, so I went back into the WWoHP by myself. I went back into the shops, explored, and went to the bathroom a few more times just for the sake of hearing Myrtle. ;) Dervish and Bangs was the biggest shop they had. It had mostly a lot of souvenir-type stuff, but also had the wands, and the owl post. I got a Ravenclaw T-shirt, a Slytherin flag for my friend, and looked at all the wands. I didn’t buy one though because they were really expensive, and LH told me they were really fragile and would just break anyway, so I didn’t think it was worth the money. I went back on the Forbidden Journey too, in the single riders line, which was only about half an hour wait, but took you straight through to the Gryffindor Common Room, so you missed most of the castle.
When I got out, it had started raining, so I took refuge in this area they had with a bunch of benches and owls in the rafters. My parents and sister met back up with me while I was waiting, and the rain didn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon, so we decided to go wait in line for Ollivanders anyway. There was a huge line to get in and it wasn’t moving very fast, but I really wanted to see it anyway. Unfortunately while we were waiting, it started completely pouring. My dad slipped out to get us some ponchos, but they were also ridiculously expensive for a piece of plastic. :/ By the time he got back, we were all soaked anyway. And freezing. It took about 45 minutes for us to get into the shop, and by that time it was a relief to get under shelter, but the air conditioning was not pleasant. The show was cool anyway. They picked one little girl to get a wand and had a bunch of special effects to make it look real. I was so jealous of that girl… But it was worth the wait.
When we were done in Ollivander’s, the rain had let up a bit, but we hopelessly soaked. We wanted to go eat dinner, but didn’t want to go back into the air conditioning, so my dad suggested we get in the car, head back to the resort, change quickly, and come back. I was hesitant about this, because we would lose almost 2 hours this way, but I was also really uncomfortable, I kept wringing waterfalls out of my shirt, and I was getting some serious blisters on my feet. So I grudgingly agreed, and we walked all the way back to the car. As soon as we left, we got stuck in a massive traffic jam, since everyone else was running from the rain too. At this point, it was going to take us even longer than 2 hours to get back, so I listened to my parents argue about what to do for a few minutes, then suggested we turn around, go back to the park, and try to ignore our wet clothes. After fighting our way through traffic, getting another parking spot, and walking all the way back to the park, we had wasted an hour without accomplishing anything. We were still soaking wet, I was limping from my blisters, and we were starving. The only difference was that we now had our raincoats. This actually seems kind of funny now, but at the time it was really annoying.
We went into the Three Broomsticks for dinner. I had fish and chips, and I FINALLY got to try butterbeer!! Everyone I know who’s been there has told me it tasted like liquid butterscotch, and I didn’t really believe them because I couldn’t even imagine that flavor. But they were 100% right. It was delicious. I was so impressed. Someone had told me the frozen kind was better, so I had that, but I needed a straw to drink it. It was like a really hard slushie. It didn’t really help with the fact that I was freezing, but I didn’t mind at all. And the building was perfect. It had all the antlers on the one wall, and even had projections of owls’ shadows flying past. After we finished eating, we walked over into the Hog’s Head, which was connected to it, just to check that out. It wasn’t much different than the Three Broomsticks, and wasn’t much more than a bar with some tables around. We went back outside and ran around to the different shops some more, just checking things out. By this point, it was almost 9:30, and the park was going to close soon, so we had to leave. :( I had so much fun though!! It was absolutely amazing!!!
I think this is the most I’ve ever written in one shot, and that’s just one day. LOL We spent Monday and the rest of the week hanging out in the resort some days and at Sea World and it’s water park, Aquatica. Sea World was like a cross between an aquarium and a theme park. They had a mix of exhibits, shows, and rides. Aquatica was mostly just a normal water park, except there for a couple places. There was a spot on the lazy river where you passed a fish tank, and there was a water slide that took you through a dolphin tank. It was a lot of fun, but I got sunburnt really badly one day. Oh, and I was limping all week because of those blisters. LOL Oh well… It was all pretty awesome. :)
I just spent an hour and a half typing that all up, and it’s pretty late now, so I’m off to bed. TTYL!!
I felt that earthquake all the way up here in Buffalo. It wasn’t just a little shake either. The whole house was shaking pretty good for about half a minute. My mom was sleeping and she came running out of her bedroom, freaking out. Of course, by that point, it was pretty much over, but she panicked and made me and my sister run outside anyway… Protegos to you, Won!!!
HW: Glad to see you had a great visit.
Sirius B: Brianhead is about 40 miles east of Cedar City which is about 230 miles south on I-15 from SLC.
Morning all! We have a sunny morning but there is supposed to be rain later, I thik.
Hermione Weasley Thank you so much for your heroic monster post about your Orlando trip, it sounded great fun for HP fans. I was annoyed with myself yesterday because I forgot to take a wand from my collection, but I wore my DH version of Hogwarts bracelet. I didn’t forget tissues which was fortunate because I used up two.
Time for breakfast now that I have caught up and taken my first pills of the day.
SIRIUS, you can buy wands at Olivanders. They look beautiful but my daughter found out they are also very fragile. They are made of some sort of plastic composite and will shatter if dropped or smacked against something. Her wand lasted less than 24 hours. I recommend ordering one from Alivans as those are machine tooled out of solid wood. My daughter ended up with one of those.
HW, thanks for the detailed description. I was there just over a month ago and rode the Forbidden Journey six times and I think I missed some of the detail you wrote about on the ride and in Hogsmeade.
I think resin on a wire is the description I am looking for in terms of the Ollivander’s wands, beautiful to look at, dangerous to carry.
thanks for the info Ironsos – now I do know where it is, I wasn’t even sure it really was in Utah when Lemon asked about it, LOL
LH thanks, I was just wondering if anyone and everyone at the park could buy a wand at Olivander’s or only the person they pick to have a wand pick them. Someone very special got me Sirius’ wand for Christmas last year from the Noble Collection. I am happy ….and LOL about your description of the Olivander wands.
off to prepare for the day…
Busy day! This may be my only chance to pop in. ;)
So this is just a bookmark lurk! ;)
Long posts Hermione Weasley, I will have to read them later. ;)
Hello everyone… Well, it’s 24 hours later more or less, & I can tell you that chimneys within 100 miles have toppled off of homes, & most things on store shelves are all dumped on the floors, lots of parked cars got squished by partially collapsed buildings, The Washington Monument is closed because there are cracks in it, and the Capitol Building had structural damage to the dome… There have been several aftershocks of up to 4.8… I saw on tv last night that west coasters are calling it a ‘yawn’ I would call this an earthquake for sure.
And now, something west coasters know nothing about, it looks like we will be getting hammered by a catagory 3 hurricane Irene on Saturday… Oh JOY!!! :+/
Hermione Weasley Thank you for your very full descriptions. I now know I would not like either version of butterbeer. I just do not like butterscotch candy or in an other form. Hot buttered rum on the other hand…. ;)
Won_Two Yes, even a “small” earthquake is still an earthquake. I do remember at least one typhoon (Pacific hurricane) that soaked southern California pretty thoroughly.
Of course typhoons, like hurricanes usually form in the east and travel west. In el nino years they can hit the US west coast, carried by the contrary wnds. ;)
Off to try and get another lump of work done. ;)
I have just talked to Mistic Willow and although shaken up, she is ok. She did say she never wanted to go thru something like that again. Lol I told her where we were so she might show up today. She has been working so much at her part time job that she hasn’t been on here as much.
HW Thank you so much for your post about the park. It has made me want to go to Hogsmeade only not in the summertime.
Hello Everybody!!!! Well 5.9 on the retor scale was nothing to SNEEZE ABOUT!!! and California can KEEP THEIR EARTH QUAKES!!!!!! I was standing in front of my bathroom sink dressed for work, and trying to make a ponytail with my hair when it hit!!! I thought a Semi-truck has hit my house and then the floor I was standing on felt like a big WHARP BUCKLE went through my house, my litte dog Stanley dropped to the floor and started peeing all over the floor, and I frooze where I was standing saying Oh my God what was that!!!! people who live where I live have never felt an Earth Quake before, and I am sure they were not thinking Earth Quake when it happened, I know that I was not!!!! because we HAVE NEVER HAD AND EARTH QUAKE IN THESE PARTS BEFORE!!!!!! anyway, then I had to leave for work and was still shaking very much as I walked down my front deck steps!!!!!!! Washington DC had buildings that crumbled and so forth, the Monument it leaning a bit more than it use to, and there was a building that calapsed in North Beach Maryland where I live, but my house is fine and so am I, but I hope I never have to experience another Earth Quake in this life time!!!!!
Cool G, I made it!!! Hermione Weasley thank you for your description of the Park, I think if I ever get to go it will be like in the Month of February when I go, I do not do to well with 105 degrees or it feeling like it is so!!!!! We have the North Beach Bayfest this weekend on the 27th and 28th of August, but they are saying that hurricaine Irene is likely to give us some problems since it is comming up the Chesapeake Bay!!!! I hope it desides to go around us all together!!!!! We have about 81 degrees here today, and the sun is shinning for now!!!!!
A weather “expert” just said on TV that Irene could very well be a ‘storm of the century’ event for the Mid Atlantic / Northeastern coast! It could reach Category 4 or 5 by Friday evening! Trees uprooted, roofs blown off, severe flooding, and power outages for very long periods! This is the kind of stuff that used to result in Sally, Kippy, and I getting in the Riley and flying West! NO MORE! I may have to actually ride this one out! :+/
Hey everyone! Quick pop in from my phone to say SQUEE, I got my Pottermore welcome email! The time stamp shows it came through around 4:30, so if you haven’t checked your email in the last hour or so, go check! :D I’ll try to stop back in from my computer later!
WON, can you just put up plywood and get in the car with Kippy and drive west? How far would you have to go to be out of it?
Nothing here yet Jen….
LH, with the exception of putting up any plywood that is pretty much “plan B”… I just got off the phone with my RE attorney and she informs me that I am all paid up on my Homeowners, & my Flood Insurance…& unless we get hit with something due to an act of war, I am covered 100% for any eventuality! I will wait until Friday afternoon around 4 or 5pm… If it looks like a near or direct hit I will start heading West!
I’m back lurking.
hi Mistic so glad you and the house are ok.
didn’t you always want to see Graceland Won ? this may be the time to go, and then you could meet LH … good luck with the storm. From the weather report I saw this afternoon it looks like it will hit my hometown also..
Hello, my lovelies!
Gosh, our poor Castle sure is being affected by natural disasters lately. I hope everyone’s okay! You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.
Your trip and experience sounded so amazing, HW! If everything works out, I should be visiting the park next summer…I can’t wait!
I wanted to pop in and say that I received my Pottermore acceptance email today. I haven’t started yet, but I will later tonight. I’m so nervous about being sorted! Oh, and I just talked to PB (Happy belated Birthday, PB! The thought of you being of the legal drinking age scares me…!) and he set up a brand new room at the other Castle so we can freely chat about Pottermore there without worrying about spoilers here. Squee!