Harry Potter World

Double, double, toil and trouble.

Something wicked this way comes!

"Please respect the spell limits." The Ministry of Magic is always watching.

I love magic!

I've always believed, and when Harry Potter came out, it affirmed all the best imagination. I love J.K. Rowling's interpretation of life through Harry Potter, the Dark Lord, and magical creatures. I reserved a copy of the book, and flew on a broom to Hogwarts every summer. I loved all the magic and imagination of the book, and truly believed that I was a witch.

8 Books, a husband, son, and family later...

Nothing brings me greater joy than bringing my son to Harry Potter Universal Studios Hollywood. If this is all I do in life - I made it. I can die happy knowing I've walked the streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Now that I’m an adult with a child of my own, it‘s a dream come true to go to Harry Potter World.

I got a Gold Season Pass to Universal Studios Hollywood just for the butterbeer! It’s $8, it's overpriced, but it really makes me feel like a wizard. Every time I come to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I notice something magical and different.

Here’s my guide to Harry Potter World Universal Studios Hollywood:

As you first walk in through the gates of Hogsmeade, you'll see the Hogwarts Express, Zonko's Joke Shop, and Honeyduke's Homemade Sweets.

Oh no... Looks like a Slytherin! I slipped past Malfoy's gang, and bought some chocolate frogs, pumpkin juice, lollypops, cinnamon bursts, and a love potion.

Tee hee.


Butter beer!

The butterbeer is as delicious as the book describes it! It tastes like a sweet, creamy liquid caramel (heavy on the sugar, light on the butter). There are many magical ways you can consume it. Hot or cold. On tap, or frozen like a slushy, or in ice cream! It costs $7 or $13 with a souvenir glass. You'll find 2 butterbeer carts throughout the park. One at the entrance of Hogsmeade and the other near Hogwarts Castle.