Yer A Wizard, ‘Arry

Our campus is still closed this week due to the smoke pollution, so that’s been pretty wild. Thankfully, it is supposed to start raining tonight which should help with the final containment of the fire and push the smoke out of the region (but also maybe cause mudslides and hamper the search for remains which is very sad). I worked most of the weekend, but did get to see the new Fantastic Beasts on Friday (no spoilers).

Overall, I liked it and am curious to see where the next film goes. I was frustrated that there are a lot of things that take place that essentially “break” everything we know about the wizarding world. JK has a poor history with consistency, and this movie was no exception. I also wish JK had not been a screenwriter for this one because it is TOO MUCH for a single movie. It would also be really nice if there were books to go with these films, but oh well.

The movie had a lot of plot holes and things that made no sense or did not fit with what we know about characters in the previous movie. I also still hate Johnny Depp and I thought he was crap in it. Anyone could have done a better job. But, see it for HOT DUMBLEDORE.

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Thank goodness whoever made this lingering booty shot happen:

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BLESS.

Speaking of the wizarding world, last weekend Sari and I flew down to Universal Studios in Hollywood and it was fantastic! We had plans to go to Napa with Laura and Scott over the holiday weekend, but he is deployed for work right now, and they had to cancel. Sari and I still wanted to do something fun, so we decided to take a little day trip down to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was in order.

We went to the Wizarding World in Orlando in 2011 and were THRILLED by it, and we were as equally excited seven years later. We thought the park might crowded be since it was a holiday weekend for a lot of people, so we bought the pass that included the “Universal Express” option which allowed us to skip the line once for each ride. It was not as crowded as we expected, but it was still nice to have. We rode Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey about four times because there were so few people there at the end of the day. I just love getting to see the inside of the castle!

We rode all of the rides at the park, but spent most of our day piddling around Hogsmeade. We had lunch at The Three Broomsticks, drank Butterbeer, hung out at The Hog’s Head, bought treats at Honeydukes, and watched little wizards get their wands at Ollivander’s.


We had the best time and I am so thankful that we were able to go. I hope they add Diagon Alley to this Universal Studios because I would LOVE to finally see that!

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