Huge fan of Harry Potter, aren’t you, eh?
As a Deaf 10 years old child, it was indeed a love at the first sight; Seriously. With no closed captioning provided and unable to hear and understand the first film, I became a huge fan from the moment I laid my eyes on his scar. It was an indescribable feeling; I couldn’t explain how fascinating the story was to me, having only visual accessibility.
Like many other fans around our world, I dreamed of receiving my official Hogwarts letter and living my fantasy. Today, many of us are aware that there are many places to fulfill our dream: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida & Osaka, Japan (coming soon in Los Angeles), Warner Bros Studio Tour in London, England, King’s Cross Station in London and many other filming sites. Is that it, though? No,
I must not tell lies.
There are more. I must tell you that I am solemnly swear that I am up to no good: 5 more locations that will gives you that Harry Potter FEELS.
Mount your brooms, everyone, and prepare to fly through these bloody brilliant places that you may never heard before – to discover your dream into wizardly world. It will perhaps knock you off your broom!
Live your fantasy at these five locations:
1. Whimisic Alley
A perfect whimsical store located right on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, near Los Angeles County Musuem of Art and La Brea Tar Pits. It sells many different things, from chocolate frogs to wands. A decoration of Platform 9 3/4 and the Great Hall where parties are hosted. Not only it’s a perfect place for Harry Potter fans but for Games of Thrones and Doctor Who fans as well.
5464 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
2. Georgian House Hotel
Want to sleep in a magical Harry Potter-inspired place? This is the place to stay! I wish I have a portkey to transport there immediately! This hotel with Wizard Chambers is highly praised for their services and earned Certificate of Excellence Award 2014 by Tripadvisor.
It offers one night stay for two people with breakfast for a price of £209 (~$316). For additional price, they also provide tour package to guide you in London and takes you certain Harry Potter filming sites. Alas, although it may not be budget friendly, it won’t hurt to try and ask if you can have a look at it.
35 – 39 Saint George’s Drive,
London SW1V 4DG, United Kingdom
3. Harry Potter Festival
A great festivity of wizardry world that gather many people to celebrate and share the same fantasy. It’s an extrodinary feeling to explore your passion for Wizardry world with others who share the same interest, especially in a large community at once!
Harry Potter Festival is hosted annually in different location. This year, it will be located at Chestertown, Maryland, USA on October 2-3, 2015. For wizards, halfbloods and muggles alike, everyone can go and enjoy this celebration! Many activities will occur, such as scavenger Hunt, Harry Potter Academia Lecture, Movie in the Park and many more.
The best part? You can play Quidditch!
So spend a day to two there, OR you can volunteer!! Mount your broom and have your wands at ready for a magical weekend!
4. Owl cafes
A great ambiance that give you the feels – a little part of the wizardry world. We personally went to the Owl Cafe called, Fukuro No Mise, in Tokyo, Japan. At Fukuro No Mise, they were playing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on television. How can you not feel a little part of wizardry world when you interact with the owls and have them stand on your shoulder? They are riddikulus-ly cute!
5. College of Wizardry
Go to “Hogwarts,” literally! You can have an utlitmate wizardry experience at this castle in Czocha, Poland. This brilliant place is organized by two different organizations, Liveform and Rollespils Fabrikken. It’s a four days event, where you can play a student at this magical school and do a live action role play. You can pretend to be your character and create your own stories. For an instance, you can choose whether you want to be a professor, a student or a magical creature. Let’s be Sirius, how can this not make you feel intrigued?!
As they said,
“Magical may not be real, but we still can do something magical together.”
Upcoming event will happen on November 26-29th, 2015. You can get your tickets here. Since it is non-profit organization and currently accepting donations to expand this enchanting castle, the ticket is expensive (DKK 2,654.99 = approximately $391.77). If you really want to go, it is time to save up!
You’ve got drools on your mouth, you know? Just there.
Have you ever heard of these places? Would you go?