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Personal #2: HPL a.k.a. WWoHP a.k.a. Heaven

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It is 5:20 a.m. I am currently experiencing insomnia because “Travel Tara” has kicked in. This is a condition whereby my anxiety/excitement for a preplanned travel activity has inhibited or completely eliminated my ability to sleep, comprehend external stimuli, or form coherent speech. Why has this condition set in? Because in 14 hours I leave for the most magical place on Earth. As a result, I feel what I imagine the love child of Jessie Spano and Richard Simmons would feel on a daily basis.

That’s right, kids. The moment I’ve been waiting for since 2007 has finally arrived. I am flying to Harry Potter Land (HPL) a.k.a. the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWoHP) a.k.a. Heaven tonight! This is where my fantasies will literally come true. It is an entire theme park dedicated to all things Harry Potter and marketed toward children ages 3-12. I along with those children will experience the unimaginable joy of living life as a wizard. And if that makes me wrong, I don’t want to be right.

I will also be joined by BFF Tricia. She is the perfect partner in crime for this excursion since her inner nerd can outshine mine any time. (P.S. Trish, how did I Google you and land on a video from your Anything Goes glory days? I love the internet.*)

This is only Part 1 of this post, since I will have to disclose my life-altering experiences at HPL. For the record, Kate asked me to, not least because she is going to HPL in a month. Classmates, you may think us odd, but I think we’re awesome.

One reason is because once I’ve spent four days at Hogwarts, I will finally feel worthy enough to join the Holy Grail of Amazon communities:

Choosing between the Harry Potter community and the Fantasy community is going to be tough. Although, the Boxed Set community is really where the power lies, despite its smaller size. Do you know the dedication one must have to own an entire boxed set? Not to mention the resources to afford it. Boxed Set it is.

*At this moment. In truth I’m terrified that all of this data on me exists in the ether and I never know when it will come back to haunt me. It’s so Kafkaesque. And I am such a loser for saying that.


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  1. Seriously funny about the communities! But the question is – is it a boxed set community for Harry Potter or for all boxed sets in general? Have a fun trip…


    October 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    • I’m glad you asked, Cathy. It is a community of lovers of all things that fit into a boxed set, including DVDs. These people are where it’s at.

      However, this community is tricky. Some members argue we should be buying TV seasons as they come out vs. waiting for the boxed set. As Angelus says, “It’s the way you show true devotion as a fan.” How can Angelus belong to a community s/he only means to undermine? Perhaps that is his/her true intent for belonging…like in that West Wing episode, “The Portland Trip,” when Congressman Matt Skinner says all gun control people should join the NRA so as to undermine its agenda. Ah, all life is connected to West Wing.

      Thanks for the well wishes, I’ll give Harry a high five for you!


      October 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm

  2. Why would you force yourself to choose between the two? I mean, they sure seem to be distinct. I can just see the Box Set people getting pretty torqued if you try to get all HP Fantasy up in their faces.


    October 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  3. Um. You know I love this. I feel so honored to have received a shout-out! And I am awaiting full real-time details of how that butterbeer tasted (PLEASE tell me you tried some!). Also, is your wand of dragon heart strings or phoenix feather, oak or pine? I

    And to Mike’s comment, I say we make a social experiment of getting all HP Fantasy in the Box Set people’s grills. Let the games begin! 🙂


    October 20, 2010 at 1:31 am

  4. […] recently ventured to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (a.k.a. HPL) in Orlando. For three years, I planned for […]

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