Shortly after our arrival at Harry Potter World, as it is known among grade-schoolers, we passed through a brick wall with magical ease, and found ourselves standing in Diagon Alley, a secret part of London that only witches and wizards know. The buildings on either side of the street seemed to lean inward. At the end of the street towered Gringotts Bank, with a huge dragon atop, breathing fire. My wife, Bridgit, and I walked behind our two girls, Libby and Josie, who at ages 9 and 11 were dressed in their finest wizarding robes. We passed Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and the entrance to Knockturn Alley. We had another destination in mind: Ollivander’s Wand Shop. Our girls were there to get their wands. Harry Potter World was a strange place to be. Officially it’s called “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” and it’s part of the Orlando-based Universal Studio Theme Park. Actually, it is two separate parks grafted onto both “Universal Studios … [Read more...] about Expecting to dislike, but instead falling in love with, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
I’d seen photos of Mont Saint-Michel before but, if I’m honest, I didn’t know much about this incredible island in Normandy, France. I didn’t know a lot about it other than the fact that it looked like a magical town that would fit perfectly between the pages of Harry Potter novel. It appeared in my Pinterest and Instagram feeds along with hundreds of other awe-inspiring destinations that I longed to see with my own eyes. When we were glamping in France with Les Castels we’d been sent the suggestion to visit Mont Saint Michel when travelling between Château de Lez Eaux and Domaine des Ormes. These were two campsites we were staying at as we road tripped around France and Mont Saint Michel was a perfect stop between the two places. The name ‘Mont Saint Michel’ rang a bell but it wasn’t until we arrived that I realised it was the breath-taking and beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mont Saint-Michel in France is set on a … [Read more...] about A Mini Guide to Mont Saint Michel: A real-life Harry Potter town!
When snow’s in the air and a fire’s on the hearth, not much could be more satisfying than cozying up to watch a thrilling Harry Potter movie. Except, perhaps, watching one of the wildly popular films with hundreds of other costumed fans while an 80-piece orchestra performs the score live.The Colorado Symphony will do just that, performing the full score of the fifth installment of the young wizard’s adventures, 2007’s “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall. It’s a collaboration of the Symphony, CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The series stops in Denver as part of a tour of select cities around the globe.“The Harry Potter Film Concert Series has been a Colorado Symphony audience favorite since we began the series in January 2017. Each installment has drawn huge crowds to Boettcher Concert Hall, and it’s always a hot ticket with fans of all … [Read more...] about Colorado Symphony brings to life music of ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’
Michael Paulson, New York Times 11:11 am PST, Saturday, December 1, 2018 A youth choir sings a song from "Dear Evan Hansen" as The Curran Theatre announces its four show 2018 main stage season in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. A youth choir sings a song from "Dear Evan Hansen" as The Curran Theatre announces its four show 2018 main stage season in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 1 of / 22 Caption Close Image 1 of 22 A youth choir sings a song from "Dear Evan Hansen" as The Curran Theatre announces its four show 2018 main stage season in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. A youth choir sings a song from "Dear Evan … [Read more...] about Judge Allows ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Evan Hansen’ in San Francisco
PUBLISHED: 08:35 08 November 2018 Sophie Smith Farmers Kitchen in Harleston is expanding its themed teas, including a Harry Potter tea. PHOTO: Farmers Kitchen Archant A farm shop is expanding its monthly themed teas including a Harry Potter tea later in November. Farmers Kitchen, a farm shop and eatery in Harleston sold out places in 24 hours when it announced the magic franchise-themed event on Tuesday lunchtime.However, due to the extreme popularity of the still-to-come afternoon, Kitchen manager Kelly Denny has announced that the tea will be repeated in the new year, and that more themed teas including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Tiger Who Came to Tea will be coming soon.Dreamt up by Farmers Kitchen chef Luke George, the Harry Potter Afternoon Tea will feature child and adult options, including ‘cauldrons’ full of jelly, shortbread wands, and golden snitch macaroons.Farmers Kitchen has previously put on afternoon tea for … [Read more...] about Afternoon tea with Harry Potter