2018 · October

Magic and Fantasy

Hello, Readers! I truly thought of starting this entire post off with I went to Hogwarts. Talk about a click bait title there. Seriously, if I ran across that title I would absolutely hit that button.

Now, to be fair, I obviously haven’t been anywhere near any real rendition of Hogwarts. Not Universal Studios or even the amazing filming areas overseas.

No, there is this family that does a Hogwarts day during Halloween. It is the most incredible thing ever. Truly, if you’ve ever been to Northern Utah and have attended Hartman’s Hogwarts you’ll understand. 

Let me start off by saying, The Hubby Man told me nothing about our plans this weekend. Only that he had something for us to do that he was sure I was going to enjoy. Later he added on that we had to leave a bit earlier because there was another stop prior that my grandson needed to dress up for.

Needless to say, we got him in his Chase costume, grabbed his trick or treat back and headed out. First stop was trunk or treating in Lowes parking lot. It was a lot of fun and Rayland’s favorite part was the fact Riverdale Fire Department were there. He’s like his grandpa and they love fire trucks. For anyone new to this blog, my husband is a retired firefighter. 

Anyway, after that we moved on a few parking lots over where we were told Del Taco had a little trunk or treating thing going on over there, so we followed the crowd on over. Rayland loved it and told us so by not wanting to leave. 

Next we packed up and drove for quite some distance until we were on the side of the mountain. It was absolutely beautiful, but we were informed there would be some hiking at that point. We grabbed our things and headed followed the crowd there as well. The hike was hard and then it got extreme. 

I’ll admit there were times I truly didn’t think that I would make it. I couldn’t breathe and my vision was going blurry so I had to stop. At this point, I thought we were going on a never-ending hike and he’d finally had enough of me and was trying to off me with natural causes. 

Mind you, by this point, we’d already read the sign that we were headed to Hogwarts. I was going to die before I got to Hogwarts. That just wasn’t acceptable to me, so I kept pushing on. Somehow we got to the end of the line. Mind you it was nowhere near the top of the hill, but we had stopped and I could take time to regain my breath. 

As we stood in this massive line Voldemort came around to take videos and pictures with the crowd. Luna Lovegood came around to greet guests with her Quibbler. We were even handed our O.W.L. Exam papers while waiting. While the line was massive, they took no small feat to entertain the crowd with an array of characters so the wait didn’t seem quite so long. 

By the time we made it up to even see the entrance it had gotten dark so the place being entirely lit up seemed even more magical. Hagrid was there to greet guests and take photos. The Room of Requirement was a portapotty for those in need. We met the Dudleys even, who were handing out letters to ‘regretfully inform’ preteen and teenagers that they have been accepted into the school. We were greeted on Platform 9 3/4 by none other than Dumbledore himself. 

They had the ‘Hogwarts Express’ where as we got off the Weasley twins helped us enter the area with a password. There were so many things to do like ride the Night Bus, go through the Forbidden Forest, learn spells with Bellatrix, help Professor Sprout replant her Mandrake’s and even get a ‘I will not tell lies’ stamp from none other than Umbridge.

And if all that wasn’t enough we were sorted into our houses. I into Gryffindor and the Hubby went into Slytherin along with my oldest daughter. My grandson was placed in Ravenclaw. It was so much fun to see and interact with performers that walked around there and guided you about. 

Serious, if you’re in the area when they do it again in October, you need to go see this. It is crowded as the entire event is free, with their only request being to donate to a library or read to a child, but it is so worth it. My anxiety didn’t have a chance to get too bad as there were so many sights to see and interactions to do. I only wish I’d had a chance to take pictures. 

Now, I’m back to reality. It’s time to dig into work. Remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.

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