July 23, 2016

A Harry Potter summer

Nine years after the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and five years after the movie release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2", the series continues to play a part in my life.

In June, my family embarked on a movie-watching journey and went through all eight Harry Potter movies. It was great fun reliving the series and seeing Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint grow up in front of my eyes over the course of four weeks.

The movie binge was in preparation for a family trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, where The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in April. I recommend that all Harry Potter fans visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Los Angeles or Orlando at some point in their lives. The name of the theme park accurately describes it because you will feel like you're transported into the world of Harry Potter. Among the highlights for me was finding Cedric Diggory's ash unicorn wand at Ollivander's. I took a wand quiz last year, and that was the wand that was for me, but I hadn't been able to find it until now.

My Harry Potter summer isn't over yet because Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is scheduled to release on July 31! I've already pre-ordered my copy and am looking forward to devouring it when it arrives.

The way that the Harry Potter series has endured in the public consciousness and in my own life is amazing. Who knew that books about a boy wizard could capture the imagination of so many people?

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