An Insider Look: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios!
Hey, GirlMoguls! So, when I read the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, I definitely thought to myself, “I wonder what that looks like!” and “I really wish I could see the Great Hall!” Well, dreams do come true.
When you read the fantasy series, did you think of things like this? Didn’t you want to experience the awesome world Rowling created? Warner Bros. and Universal Studios are teaming up to bring the world of harry Potter to life. Author J.K. Rowling has been involved in the project, as has the cast of the movie!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is debuting this spring, and will involve life-size attractions inspired by the books and movies. The theme park will be an addition to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. It s being built right now in the Island of Adventures side, and will have shopping, rides, and of course, the Hogwarts Castle.
Some of my favorite features of the park include the installment of an entire Hogsmeade, complete with all the stores I’ve always wanted to go. There will be a Honeydukes with fabulous treats like chocolate frogs, a Three Broomsticks serving butterbeer, and even a Zonko’s where you can get crazy magical toys. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will also include Dragon Challenge, a set of two twin high-speed roller coasters, Flight of the Hippogriff, a family coaster, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a cool, new attraction featuring brand new technology.
I recently made my way to Orlando, Florida, and got a sneak peek at the construction going on in the Islands of Adventure. Check out my pics and keep checking for updates!
“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends” - J. K. Rowling
Joanne Murray, also known as J. K. Rowling by pen, is the author and creator of the revolutionary Harry Potter fantasy series. The Harry Potter series is a worldwide phenomenon which ranges from books, to films, to merchandise and much more. J.K. Rowling demonstrates the true meaning of friendship in her Harry Potter series between the main characters. We read these books and fun and adventurous stories, but deep down, Rowling gives us important life lessons that can really help us make our lives better.
One of the primary themes throughout the books is the true value of friendship amongst these characters. Many aspects of friendship are tested in the story, from loyalty to jealousy, and from love to courage. The characters are faced with difficult challenges with their friends but at the end of the day they have all learned how difficult but rewarding it can be to stand up to your friends for what you believe is right. In this quotation, Rowling points out a very important aspect we face in friendship.
A lot of times you may face an issue with your friends. What do you do? Sometimes, I feel like bottling up my feelings inside and not say anything to my friend, because I don’t want to start an argument. But, as I learned from this quotation, this can ultimately end up hurting your friendship with that person. A true friend will always understand and respect your feelings. It takes a lot of courage to tell your friend how you feel or to stand up to them, especially when you know it may hurt them or upset them. As Rowling says, it is easier to stand up to your enemies because their opinion doesn’t matter as much as your friends’ opinions. However, you should always respect a friendship and be honest with your friends and loved ones. So next time you feel sad or upset with a friend, find the courage to tell that person how you feel and you will see it has its rewards.
Joanne Rowling was born on July, 31, 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. But she is known to the world and millions of her fans as J. K. Rowling, the British author and creator of the sensational Harry Potter series. She has sold over 400 million copies of books, and if that wasn’t enough, the books were made into live action films which broke numerous records. They even became one of the highest grossing film series of all time! Harry Potter is recognized all over the world and has become a never-ending fad that everyone from kids, teenagers and adults just can’t seem to get enough of. She has become a pioneer of our times and these books have gained her countless awards and achievements.
Growing up, Rowling had to struggle to get to where she is today, and so I think her story is truly inspiring. She went from living on welfare to becoming a billionaire in a span of few years! That is really a GirlMogul hard at work! It happened all thanks to her extraordinary creation of the world of Harry Potter. She used her experiences growing up and the people around her in her life as inspiration for characters in the story. She also used her own struggles in life to draw certain aspects of her fictional world of Harry Potter. Asides from being a philanthropist and giving back to multiple charities, she is one of the richest, most powerful and influential woman of our generation. She has inspired millions of readers to pick up a book and read. I remember seeing a kid in my class reading the books and thinking, “What is that?” But now, I can re read those books over and over again! The series is really why I love reading now, because before I really didn’t like it so much. I can’t wait for any other books she comes out with!
Want to hear a cool fact about J.K. Rowling? Apparently, the character of Hermione was inspired by Rowling herself! What character do you think is most like you?