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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II: A Conversation

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)This past weekend, several of us here at Fantasy Matters got together and went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.  We sat in the second row from the front (not recommended) next to this hilarious little kid who chuckled when Voldemort died.  Afterwards, we sat down and talked about the movie, the book, and the Harry Potter series in general.  Here are some of our thoughts...

We started off our conversation with Neville Longbottom:

[note: this conversation contains spoilers]

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Harry Potter and the Magical Rollercoaster

New to Fantasy Matters, Eadaoin McClean just visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter--one of the sections of Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida.  As part of our celebration of "Harry Potter week," she provides us with a review of some of the highlights of the park!


Wizarding World of Harry PotterAs you enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you find yourself on the mainstreet of Hogsmeade village, walking past the newly arrived Hogwarts Express with the conductor waiting to greet you and pose for pictures. With snow on the roofs (even in the heat of July), the village is set as an untouched scene from mid-winter, complete with a snowman decked out in Gryffindor colours. All the familiar stores are there, from Zonko's Joke Shop to a branch of Ollivander's Wand Makers, where you can go and see which wand matches your magical ability. The lines for this show can look quite long, but people are taken through in batches of 15-20, so it moves along fast enough. Once inside, one person is chosen to select their perfect wand and the magic begins!

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