I know that some people won’t understand this post because they aren’t fans of Harry Potter. As much as that breaks my little heart, I sort of understand. If I hadn’t read the books and seen all the movies, I wouldn’t get the hype either. So, I understand. Sort of.
This post isn’t about my love of Harry Potter. Go ahead and enjoy those posts if you want to read about it. I’ll wait.
3 years ago, Jeremy and I headed to Hogsmeade. It was such a wonderful experience getting to see everything in person. The castle and the shops, it was perfect. But it was small and it had me wanting more. More experiences, more Harry Potter, more of the story.
When I had the opportunity to go again for a Bachelorette party, I was happy when we decided to upgrade our tickets to include Diagon Alley. I had heard great things about it, but I didn’t know how great it really would be.
The ride, the fire breathing dragon, the shops that you can go into, Knockturn Alley, the Knight Bus outside, the elusive entrance, Kings Cross Station. The list goes on and on. This was the world of Harry Potter that I had missed out on from our trip to Hogsmeade. This was almost perfect. But then it got me thinking.
Why couldn’t Harry Potter be it’s own theme park? (I’m sure it has something to do with WB owning HP and all that legal jazz…but still). Why not a Harry Potter theme park?
As great as Diagon Alley is (and it’s so fabulous), it was missing things. Here are the reasons I think Harry Potter needs it’s own theme park in the US.
- Diagon Alley is immersive. You truly feel like you are there on your way to Hogwarts. No stone was left unturned. But, you leave Diagon Alley and the rest of Universal is just blah. The rides are all pretty similar and it’s not nearly as fun or special as Diagon Alley is on it’s own.
- Can you imagine if you were able to tour the castle instead of it being a queue? And what about the Shrieking Shack. That place ended up being pretty pivotal and it’s not in either park.
- If it were like Disney, it could have the characters themselves around the park. Can you imagine! Getting your picture taken with Harry…oh man. That just makes me too happy to think about.
- There could be fireworks at the end of the evening to cap it all off.
- There could be more rides than just the couple that they have.
- They could have shops that don’t sell tons of merchandise. Or they could have different types of shops instead of them all selling the same things. Diagon Alley did a better job of this, but there still could be more – like the store where they go to buy all their books or the shop that you could buy an owl (stuffed of course).
- Your interactive wands would work throughout the park and would be worth the $45 price tag. (I’m guilty of buying one anyways because I mean come on. It’s interactive and cool!).
- You could take a ride on the headless horses on your way to Hogwarts. Or the boats. They could have a boat ride as well.
- You could get sorted. Enough said on that one.
- As I see it, you could have Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Then there could be sections for Hagrid’s hut, the Castle, the Weasley’s house, Snape’s potion room, the Great Hall. Hedwig would have to be included somewhere.
The list goes on and on. If this doesn’t convince you that Harry Potter should be it’s own theme park, I don’t know what will!
What should be added to our fantasy Harry Potter theme park?