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Aug 01, 2017 at 13:41

It’s every Potterheads dream to visit the magical world of Hogwarts, play Quidditch, wave a wand, sit on the same Ford Angelica that Harry and Ron sat on, and most of all drink butterbeer! Anoushka Nair on her dream come true!

Ever since I was 8 years old, it was my dream to see the amazing place where all the magic of the Harry Potter movies was unveiled. The day before going to the Warner Bros studios, I just couldn’t sleep; my heart, my mind, and my soul were brimming with excitement and anxiety.

To add to that, we got to watch the first Harry Potter movie which brought back the memories of picking up this wonderful book for the first time. When I reached, I started to cry out of joy and happiness, just looking at the entrance of the building (only true Potterheads would get the feeling).
As we entered, we got to see the famous cupboard under the stairs, the famous Ford Angelica, and the most nostalgic of all, a handprint memoir of Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe. Onto the real journey, and as we entered, my jaw dropped, it literally dropped because in front of my eyes, all my wildest fantasies came true!

I saw the Great Hall in front of me, with all the gargoyles, engraved plates, and in front of me was the famous table, where all the professors sat, not to miss the golden phoenix podium, where professor Albus Dumbledore gave his heart rendering speeches!

The next room, you can call it the Room of Requirement? Because every prop, whether big or small, which had been used in the cult movies, had been displayed, the Basilisk’s door from Chamber of Secrets, to the Triwizard Cup used in Goblet of Fire, even the iconic Quidditch uniforms and what not!

After getting through the famous bridge, which had been blown up by Seamus Finnigan and Neville Longbottom in the Deathly Hallows, we reached a room full of sketches and structures of the magical creatures, buildings and the costumes! The beautiful and intricate sketches gave an insight into how much work and effort had been put up by the artists, to make sure that the movies lived up to the books (and they did!). But the best part of the trip was, the Butterbeer, which I drank two glasses of! And believe me, never in my life had I tasted something this amazing!

Visiting and relieving my childhood was nostalgic, and showed me all the little things Harry Potter had taught me, friendship and bravery, two values which I would never forget in my life, it also reminded me of a line by Albus Dumbledore, “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live”, and this time I really felt like I lived!

Anoushka Nair

Student Reporter