The Hogwarts Express at Platfrom 9 and 3/4 greeted guests as soon as they cross the Hogsmeade sign (okay, it’s rather off since you don’t really ride the express to Hogsmeade but what the heck, right?).
|And that’s a butterbeer stand right smack in the middle of the street!|
|Ollivander’s wand shop|
That’s Hogwarts in the distance. Yes, you can go inside the castle and inside, take the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. I didn’t get to, though, since we thought it was a scary ride and decided not to take it – turns out, it was similar to the Spiderman 3D ride, and there were no sharp turns and drops after all. Must. Go. Back.
The three friends’ wands: Harry’s, Ron’s, and Hermione’s:
But inside Hogwarts is a tiny shop full of anything and everything Harry Potter. I would have loved getting the Muggle/Wizard shirt or a House shirt/jacket but I didn’t think hubby would like it (I found out too late he wanted a Slytherin shirt!) so I contented myself with a Quidditch shirt for the little boy and loads of chocolate frogs.If I had a lot of space left in my luggage, I would have bought loads of mugs and stuffed toys, but alas, I was only allowed two luggages at 64 kilos. So, there.
|Hedwig backpacks! I wanted the Hogwarts notebook but it was so heavy to be of practical use.|
|Why did the student eating the Puking Pastilles have to be green? Reminded me of The Exorcist.|
Look at the colorful interior and all those chocolate frogs and fudge flies!
And just like in the books, each chocolate frog had a legendary wizard inside it. I got Rowena Ravenclaw (the one I gave to my in-laws had Albus Dumbledore). Unfortunately, they don’t really move. 😦
I also got a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. This one though, is a lot safer than in the books. It did have earthworm, earwax and rotten egg flavours, but they were mild and still tasted like normal jelly beans, once you got past the icky top flavor. I even tried the black pepper flavor – spicy jelly beans!
I quite forgot what store in the books sold all these gadgets, but connected to the “sweets” section inside Honeydukes is a “gadgets” store.