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Potter gold for 25 years

Happy 25th anniversary JK Rowling, Harry and all your friends (and enemies). It truly has been a Potter gold for 25 years.

It seem incomprehensible now to think of a world where Harry Potter didn’t exist.

But prior to 1997 it had only inhabited JK Rowling’s imagination.

I’m off: Harry

Now, of course, we have the books, the films, the merchandise, and a recreation of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Resort Orlando, Florida.

Which gives us two unforgettable experiences Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.

Step on it Hagrid

Fellow beardie: Harry Potter

And now since the last time I visited they also have Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

Now those who were lucky enough to have been in at the start in 2010 would have had the joy, pleasure and fantasy of seeing some real Potter royalty.

Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) and Filius Flitwick (Warwick Davis) ambling along through the recently-constructed world.

Potterheads will rightly point out at this juncture that Warwick also played…

Michael D Higgins’ day off

The magic bus: Well fare’s fare

A Gringott’s Bank teller (it must have been Ireland President Michael D Higgins’ day off) and also played Griphook.

Nobody knows more about Potterworld than its creator, JK Rowling.

And she is rightly very very protective of her baby.

The story is told that she rubberstamped every last nut and bolt that went into the building of this magical world.

And that the designer at Orlando Airport was requested to explain to Customs…

Why he was carrying a particular brick and said sheepishly that it was to recreate Harry Potter’s world.

Potter in his homeland

Off his trolley: On the Warner tour

Of course we’re all not lucky enough to escape into Potterworld (I returned on a Visit Orlando invitation which took in Disney World and a return to Universal).

But there are a number of greet deals on the market.

And if you’re a British muggle.

And you can’t get out there (certainly not until next month when the Americans reopen the borders).

Then I’d recommend the Warner Bros. Studios Tour London in Watford.

Where you can learn some cutting room secrets of how it was all put together.

Always in Prophet

Just the job: The Daily Prophet

Yes, it’s been a Potter gold for 25 years.

But just a reminder here, JK, I’m still waiting for my reply to my application to be editor of the Daily Prophet!


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