My recent US trip ended in Orlando, Florida, where I met up with an old friend, visited Hogwarts, rode lots of thrill rides, swam with dolphins, and fangirled over a long-time TV crush. This was my third time to visit Orlando and my friend’s first.
The design team at Universal Studios-Islands of Adventure deserve all the awards for makingThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter come to life! It felt like I stepped onto the set of the Harry Potter films. It was a surreal experience and I took pictures of almost everything.
This was my third visit to SeaWorld – I was twelve the first time I came – but it never gets old. I credit that visit with inspiring a love for the ocean that’s lasted all these years.
Sam Witwer! Let me say this again: SAM WITWER! Getting this photo and autograph entailed getting up at 4:40 am and leaving the apartment at 5:30 am. It was absolutely worth it! The funny thing is that this photo just emphasizes how white he is and how dark I am. And hey, I’m wearing my Rebel Legion shirt. Yahoo!
And last but certainly not least, I went on vacation with an old friend. Meet Les: we met each other when we both moved into our dorm room prior to the start of our first year in high school. We’ve been friends ever since. When we got to college, the other dormers thought we were twin sisters!
I got to attend the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2” premiere sponsored by Studio 23 and Warner Bros in Rockwell Mall. Had mascot duty at the start with the rest of PHP and we got our photos taken for a Studio 23 show airing tomorrow at 6:30pm. They also interviewed us after the movie.
They had a trivia contest at the start, with winners getting a goodie bag from Warner Bros. I won the last goodie bag after the two people in front of me didn’t know the name of the actress who plays Molly Weasley. What irked me was that the girl who “won” the previous goodie bag didn’t even know the answer (what is Prof. Flitwick’s first name) – she got her friend (who was sitting in front of her) to give it to her and she still got it wrong the first time! (“Fideus” instead of “Filius” *facepalm*). Joan AKA severusa_snape won the first bag after knowing who the new Hogwarts headmaster was (grabe kung nagkamali pa si Joan dito, ewan ko nalang :P).
And now, the commentary! THERE BE SPOILERS AFTER THIS!