When in Diagon Alley

Last spring break, I was able to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams — to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando. As fatuous as this may sound, Harry Potter was essentially weaved into the fabric of my teenage life, analagous to Disney’s profundity on the lives of millions. The joy I felt as I realized my teenage dreams was simply ineffable.

I had the opportunity to try Butterbeer, a beverage sometimes consumed by Harry Potter and his friends whenever they get out of Hogwarts and hit the village Hogsmeade. At Universal, they serve this frozen or regular, and if memory serves me right I had the frozen. Right off the bat, I could tell that this delicious beverage had tons of cream and sugar, and root beer I presume. This drink is a little saccharine for me to quaff but it was definitely a good beverage to have in hand while waiting in long lines. I sipped this throughout the two-hour wait for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which I can confidently declare is the BEST ride I have ever been on.

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I was excited to see Three Broomsticks too, a pub from Harry Potter world. The Three Broomsticks in this park is a real eatery and serves — no surprises — British food. While British food is not my favourite food in the planet, I was still tempted to eat here because it had been a while since I last had fish and chips, or cornish pasties. My friends and I eventually opted for non-theme park food though because we had our fair share in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Speaking of food and Disney World, I am in love with the Iced French Vanilla Float at the Sunshine Tree Terrace! The coffee and rich vanilla ice cream blended very harmoniously, and I actually preferred this float to Butterbeer, much to my friends’ surprise.

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Visited the candy store in Diagon Alley and came across stuffs like Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Botts’ Every Flavour Beans.

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