Posts Tagged ‘Hogwarts’


Experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

June 30, 2010
As someone who works for a live performing arts and entertainment venue, I sometimes find myself looking past the “magic” of an entertainment experience and directly to the “yeah, I know how they did that.” I don’t do it on purpose, but when you are “behind the scenes” a lot, you sometimes forget how to just become the spectator.

I recently spent my vacation in sunny Florida in which I was lucky enough to visit the brand-new section of Universal Studios – Islands of Adventure, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

It was insane. Insane crowds, insane lines, but more importanly it was insane just how much effort was put into every little detail of this imaginary world. And for the first time, in a long time, I didn’t know what to say….and the best part is, I didn’t want to know the secrets of how they “did this” or “created that.” (And I couldn’t even begin to guess on some things.) I walked through Hogwarts Castle in line for the “Forbidden Journey” ride and I didn’t want to move forward because I wanted to soak up every inch of every room that we passed by (Dumbledore’s office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom). Not to mention, the ride itself, is truly something that other rides should aspire to be.

Now, don’t get me wrong, after I left the park I had plenty to say (just as we all do, after we see a great movie or show). But, while I was there, I was in sort of a Harry-Potter-coma. I wanted to live in Hogwarts, eat nothing but chocolate frogs from Honey Dukes, and drink endless cups of butter beer. But alas, I am back in New Jersey and back to reality. And I can’t wait for my next dose of Harry Potter magic (bring on Deathly Hallows!).

-Kelly Skinner, Director of Public Relations

If you are thinking about visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and have a few questions, I would be happy to answer whatever I can. Please email