All things Harry Potter!
Harry Potter has now captivated my children for a better part of 10 years or more! It started out with my first son Harris, then Winston, an now Roman. Roman has read all of the books. While the idea of wizards an witches doesn't thrill me so much I know that it is all just fantasy. I am glad that my boys have found something they like to read. It will be interesting to see if the girls get into it as they get a little older. This post has been coming for a long time, but I am been so busy that I somehow forgot to post it. In the spring we took Roman to Universal when we were vacationing in Orlando and he really loved it. Then he discovered that there was a play and a Harry Potter World in London and began to plead his case with his dad to go. The boys usually get one big trip with their dad. The older boys have both gone scuba diving; however, Roman will probably never be able to scuba dive because of his heart condition. After much discussion, we decided that though expensive we would grant Roman his wish to go to England. Getting tickets weren't easy either, so if you ever want to go than you must begin planning early. The trip was short as my husband was in the middle of finishing his book and didn't have the extra days to spare in London. They left on a really early morning Saturday flight getting them into London just shortly before 8 a.m. and from there they headed into the city where they rode on the London Eye. Afterwards, they did a quick walk by of Westminster Abby and Big Ben followed by lunch and dropping off their bags at the hotel before heading over to the play. Yes, there is a Harry Potter play. It covers the book The Cursed Child. They play starts at 2 p.m. an there is a short break in between acts followed by a break for dinner and then the second part of the play starts in the evening. You can of course buy tickets for just part 1, but I can't imagine only seeing one part an not the other. The second day which was Sunday, they ran over to Victoria Square where they caught their tour bus out to Harry Potter World. The studio is about 40 minutes out of the city an you can do this without going on a tour, but the regular tickets were sold out and we just thought it would be easier to with a tour because the transportion getting their would have required a few transfers. Roman learned all the ins and outs of how they made the movie. He drank Butterbeer an ate Butterbeer Ice Cream. He saw the sets and the costumes. He was in Heaven! Apparently, the traffic was pretty bad getting into the city, so they had to nix their plans to see Buckingham Palace, and make a mad dash for the airport to catch their flight home. When Roman got home, I asked him how his trip was and he burst into tears. I asked him why he was crying thinking he must have been disappointed, but he said no he was crying because he loved it so much and loved London. He didn't want to leave. London is a pretty great city. I wish we could have gone with him, but the girls are just too young to appreciate all things Harry Potter and would probably be even scared over some of the stuff they would have seen.