Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Harry Potter

My daughter started reading Harry Potter books when she was a young girl. She would make sure she would get the newest edition the minute it was released.  Then it was off to the bedroom to read until completion.  She wasn't going to let little things like food or sleep keep her from devouring the latest novel.  Well it turns out there's a lot more just like her.

Yesterday my wife,  daughter and I visited the new Harry Potter theme park in Orlando.  I was amazed at the sheer number of people dressed for the occasion, sporting graduation gowns, Harry Potter type scarfs and waving magic wands.  Plus, these kids were super knowledgeable.  It's obvious that they actually read the books.  I am told by my daughter that every shop and building was accurate to the smallest detail.  I'll have to take her word for it, since I am as ignorant about Harry Potter as she is brilliant. However, I must say the Honey Duke candy store and the Dervish & Banges wand shop were really cool, except for the hour we stood in  line to get in.

I have to confess that The King did not go on The Dragon Challenge or Hulk ride on the way out - my daughter did.  The older I get, the bigger chicken shit I become - or smarter.  All in all, we had a great time.  Mostly, The Queen and I watched  The Princess have a good time.  But that was a real joy.

After this visit, I am especially thankful to J. K. Rowling for turning millions of kids (and adults) into prolific readers.  If you're one of her fans, find a way someday to give Orlando a visit. Happy Holidays everyone.


  1. Your Prospective Majesty, I humbly submit that the incredibly wealthy woman in question is J.K. Rowling. :)

    I read all the books, but I have to admit the last couple were a real slog. The woman needs to be edited with a light saber.

  2. I read some of the Potter books casually, and I thought that they were alright. I'll have to finish them someday. I've got a few books right now that are higher priority.


    Oh man, Mike. You are gonna hear from the fans for misspelling her name!

  3. Spelling has been corrected - thanks for the heads up

  4. I've not made it to Universal recently enough to see the Harry Potter attraction (I'm under an hour away but I'm a slacker). But I do have to say that the Hulk roller coaster is AWESOME.

    I'm old to be saying that. I don't care :P