The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hi Guys!!! It’s been awhile…

I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good…

Last month, I went on vacation to Florida. Specifically to Universal in Orlando. The main attraction to this trip was The Wizarding World of Harry Potter aka Harry Potter World.

I have wanted to visit WWHP for quite some time. I am a huge fan of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I didn’t read the books immediately upon release. I actually didn’t start reading the books until the second to last movie was being released in theaters. (Late to the party again, I know). I bought the series in a paperback collection, and picked up all but the last 2 movies on a Black Friday. But I wouldn’t start reading the books until the following summer. My plan, read one book, then watch the movie, and repeat.

I wasn’t disappointed. The books were fantastic. The movies were awesome. I felt that they did a great job transforming the books into movies and followed them appropriately. Of course, you can’t squeeze everything from the books into the movie, or we would have like a 5 hour movie. So, I got all caught up, and just had to wait for the last movies to be put out on dvd.

When Lifetime aired “Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story,” I fell in love with the story. Now, I’m not sure just how accurate the movie is to the real life story, but, I loved it.

I have not had the chance to re-read the books, in which I would love and plan to some day, I have seen the movies over and over. Every time that ABC Family does a Harry Potter weekend, I am glued to the tv. And I re-watched all the movies the week leading to vacation.

Going to WWHP was not only exciting, but very inspirational (another reason why I really wanted to go). There are no words…. It’s like you are there, at Hogsmeade, at Diagon Alley. The buildings, the stores, the eateries, you are there! You could hear Moaning Myrtle in the women’s restrooms at Hogsmeade. While walking the lines to the rides, there is much to see. Walking through Hogwarts Castle and Gringotts Bank. They are spectacular. The train ride between the two parks (Universal and Universal’s Islands of Adventure) was perfect. It’s a different experience both ways. One of my favorite parts was listening to the reactions of people (especially kids) seeing it for the first time. It was like reliving it as I had just first experienced it. And the Butterbeer….oh that butterbeer….

As a writer, I dream of being able to create such a world, and to have it come to life like that.

If you are a Harry Potter fan, you must get down to Orlando and visit Universal. It is an experience. I cannot wait until I can get down there to visit again.

Mischief Managed!

Writing Influences/Book Series That I Love: Part One

Series. I love series. To me, nothing is worse than falling in love with a character (or characters) and after you finish the book, there is nevermore. Don’t get me wrong, not every book needs or deserves to have a sequel (or be part of a trilogy or a series) just like the movies.

I can honestly say that I haven’t read many of the masterpieces, you know, the classics, like the ones that they make you read in school. Reading to me needs to be an enjoyment, so I read what I like (and I like many different genres). So I decided to share the book series (because series just seem to captivate me the most) that I have fallen in love with throughout the years.

Choose Your Adventure     In elementary school, i discovered these books and they quickly became a favorite of mine. I would sometimes cheat and flip to both continuations to see which was better (who didn’t??). I loved that you could read the book multiple times.

Shel Silverstein (Where The Sidewalk EndsA Light In The Attic)     I think it was these two books which developed my love for poetry. I really need to get a copy of these two books.

R.L. Stine (specifically the Fear Street series)     Yep, and I still love RL Stine today. Did you know the Fear Street series is making a comeback, and the first book is going to be set around Halloween time (I love everything October/Halloween). At the time in middle school, you were either a RL Stine fan or a Christopher Pike one. I read ever Fear Street book out there, several times. My biggest regret was donating away my collection (minus the Cheerleaders ones and the Halloween ones), but hopefully they have been enjoyed by others out there, I think I wrote my name in most of them. Stine has written a few adult books as well, the most recent, Red Rain was fantastic. I never read the Goosebumps series besides a few of them, because they were just too young.

The Body of Evidence series by Christopher Golden     This series I believe I started reading the summer after high school. This series centers a girl who is starting college where her father is a professor, ends up with a job working with a medical examiner, and helps with autopsies and solving murders. I was very sad when this series ended, and just ended without really a wrap-up. Highly recommend this series.

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer     I was late to the party on this series. I started reading Twilight well after the first movie was out. I love vampires.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling     I was late to the party on this series as well. I started it after the 4th or 5th movie was out. So, I bought a boxed set from Target. I would read a book, then watch the movie. I probably should have allowed a bit of more time in between to let the books really sink in, but I was on a mission.

And for a few more adult series in which has become a new obsession…

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day

The Beautiful Bastard Series by Christina Lauren