Friday, August 09, 2013

Thanksgiving at Universal: A Trip Report - Day 5 - Wizardly Shopping in Hogsmeade

Lost Continent
Katelyn and I wound our way back through Seuss Landing and the Lost Continent so that we could go back into Hogsmeade to see all of the shops. Hogsmeade boasts the shops of Dervish & Banges, Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods, Honeydukes, Ollivanders, and Zonko's. Guests can also grab both Wizard and Muggle food and drinks like Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer from carts throughout the village. For those looking for a more substantial meal, the Three Broomsticks has plenty of yummy victuals fit for the most hungry of all magical guests and creatures! (We dined there for dinner, but that's tomorrow's post!)

As we wound our way through the shops I noticed that Katelyn was very quiet. I love my alone time with my niece, and we usually keep up steady conversation, but I think she was taking it all in so deeply that speaking was out of the question. I simply kept up a steady stream of "ooooh look at this!" and "what do you make of that?" while she nodded or looked at more items with wide-eyes. We were both wanting to drop some cash on some souvenirs, so we were shopping with a mission!

Katelyn's love of Harry Potter came about in a nontraditional manner. She and her brother spent time watching the story of Harry Potter unfold on the television screen as LaRae played Lego Harry Potter on the Wii. After having fun watching her mother play, Katelyn asked to read the Harry Potter books. She is still working her way through them, and the first read through LaRae reads each book aloud with her. At this point, I believe she had only read through Book 3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. That wasn't much of a problem as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter seems to be based in that time period while the actors from the movies seem through the park's merchandise and holograms are older than Year 3. I believe this is because the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is meant to be fun, and after Book 3, things get super dark, super fast. No one wants to explore Hogsmeade with the threat of You-Know-Who, Deatheaters, and dementors!

Hogsmeade! Doesn't it look like you're walking onto the movie set? I love
the ever-there snow. Makes it even more fantastical! 
The Owl Post was neat, but alas, most of the owls were out on errands.
Katelyn wanted her photo in front of the Hogwarts Express, but I
think the train conductor made her nervous...

We found the Zonko's Ricks & Jokes shop was a mix of Zonko's and Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes in Diagon Alley. We do know (spoiler alert!!) that Fred & George were looking into buying Zonko's or opening a shop in Hogsmeade, so that's how I justified this mixing of merchandise. We loved all of the details and items there were to look at!
Zonkos Tricks and Jokes
This is a Pygmy Puff (from the Weasleys' shop in the books). Katelyn
was unsure of it, but I thought it was adorable!

Honeyduke's was a favorite shop for the two of us. We spent quite a long time looking at all of the amazing candies and treats! 

I always thought the idea of Sugar Quills was neat!
Chocolate Cauldron
Ton Tongue Toffee
Katelyn looked at this and said, "Aunt Joanna! Take my
picture! You need this on your blog!" She was well aware these
photos were all going on the interwebs! :) Love this kid!
Katelyn was also looking for a wand to buy, but she decided this
chocolate wand was not quite what she was looking for.
Exploding Bonbons
Pepper Imps
Peppermint Toads
Even more options!
Pink Coconut Ice
Chocolate Frogs - Katelyn wonders what Wizarding Card is in each
package. We definitely bought a couple of these!
What would Honeyduke's be without Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans?
Chocolate Frog Window Display

Every window and sign in Hogsmeade is detailed and perfect!

These must be held up by magic!

I would like a self-stirring cauldron, please!
Parcels await owl delivery!
The wand chooses the wizard.
Quidditch Supplies - where is the Golden Snitch??
The "Public Convenience" has a familiar haunt who will visit you
when you use the restroom! Moaning Myrtle can be heard throughout
the restroom. I took the time to accompany a nervous
companion there. I found Myrtle to be a delight!
Do you recognize this formalwear?

Dervish and Banges had an assortment of wizard robes and other items a great wizard needs.
The Quibbler
Katelyn insisted I get a photo of the Monster Book of Monsters!
It was in a cage because it was really moving! So cool!

Katelyn wanted to buy a wand, but finding the wand to choose the wizard proved to be quite daunting. 
Ollivanders featured a simple sign. The queue to go meet him was a
big longer than we wanted to wait, so we checked out his stock
in other locations.
Wands could be found in Ollivanders. They ranged from famous wands to
general wands waiting for a wizard. 
In the end, the best option for wand buying was a cart outside of the Hogwarts gift shop. At the cart Katelyn could easily view all of the wands, touch them and try them out, and take her time choosing without being pressed on all sides by people trying to get a good look. She happily chose Luna Lovegood's wand. While she didn't know who Luna was at the time, she did love the look of the wand. I guess the wand really does choose the wizard!

I found the best shopping for me was the Hogwarts gift shop as well. I was able to find a Wizard t-shirt, a jacket like Harry's from the movies, a pin for my lanyard, and some other odds and ends. Again, cell phones do not work well in the shop, so telling LaRae and Randy how to find us again was difficult! In the end, we all had the perfect souvenirs and plenty of memories from shopping together.

Come back Monday to dine in the Three Broomsticks and see the Toad Choir. Wednesday's post will be a sum up of Disney vs. Universal. Both do some great things better than the other!


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    1. She was quite pleased to be featured on this post! She thought your comment was pretty cool too! :)

  2. Oh, I would love to get to see this attraction. Wand shopping sounds like fun!

    1. It was a blast! It took quite a while to decide, but she loves the one she chose!