“You’re a wizard Harry.”
My love of Harry Potter cannot be overstated. Ever since my mom read me the first one before I could read them for myself, I have been a Potter-head. In many ways, Harry Potter was my childhood as I grew up with the books. I remember going to midnight premiers of the movies and parties for when the books came out. Distinctly I recall staying up all night after getting a new book at midnight and finishing it by the morning. Still to this day, when I meet people there is an extra bond formed when I find out they like Harry Potter. Even more so, I love the “Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff vs Slytherin vs Ravenclaw” debate and interpreting (and perhaps slightly judging) people depending on what house people claim. Let it be known that I am a Gryffindor, and proud of it. Pottermore, when it was created, added even more to this and added a new level with Patronuses. A lot can be learned about a person simply based on their Harry Potter house and Patronus I have learned, and they are often scarily accurate in most cases.
It’s safe to say Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life. I don’t know how many times I have read the books or see all of the movies, but I know I will continue the tradition with my own children some day. In Michigan, some students went so far as to create an entire musical about Harry Potter (definitely worth the watch: A Very Potter Musical). After our recent trip to Europe, I thought it would be fitting to make a Harry Potter Bucket list as we crossed off quite a few things in London and Edinburgh. So, here are the Harry Potter places I have been and things I have done. Obviously, I recommend all of them:
- Eat at Elephant House. Where it all began. One can’t help but be inspired by this place.
- See Victoria Street in Edinburgh. Inspiration for Diagon Alley.
- See Leadenhall market.
- Go to Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross
- Visit Harry Potter theater in London.
- Visit Piccadilly Circus in London.
- Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida
- Have a butterbeer in Diagon Alley
- Visit Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh. The grave yard where J.K. Rowling took breaks and that inspired the names of various characters for the series.
- Dress up as a character.
- Read all the books, multiple times.
- Watch all the movies in one sitting.
- Perfect your own butterbeer recipe. There are many online, and I love tweeking and combining different ones.
- Read Harry Potter in a different country, in a different language. I did this while in India. We were staying at a bed and breakfast that people had left novels in various languages at. We found one and a person in our group read it to us (in accents and all) while we were drinking tea. One of my favorite memories.
- Join Pottermore. Get sorted. Get a patronus. You won’t regret it.
There are obviously more places to go and things to do, and eventually I will have them checked off the list. For now, this is a pretty good start.
Fellow Potter fan,