Our generation is the generation of Potterheads let's face it. Who remembers the queues outside Waterstones (or even Ottakers, RIP) to pick up the latest installation in the series? Or sending your mum into Smiths the next day to grab a copy? And then came the joy of the films. And Pottermore. And finally the franchise extended into real life places. Yaaas.
The best thing about the books for me was the detail that they went into. Yes Rowling, I do want to know what Dobby's wearing, and exactly how the corridors of Hogwarts look. It gives me life. It also meant that Universal Studios' Wizarding World of Harry Potter was pretty darn accurate. In a near tear-inducing manner. Someone hold me ...
In case you're super tired right now or it's slipped your mind (how?!), Hogsmeade is the nearest town to Hogwarts, and it's where Harry and his pals head to when they get a day away from Hogwarts.
Universal have made a whole street of buildings for Hogsmeade. I was a little gob-smacked when I saw it. I mean: rows of snowy buildings there to remind you of the little invisibility cloak fueled snowball fight. What more could I need in life? We wandered past the Hog's Head, which had 'Wanted' posters for Sirius everywhere, through the sweet shop (where I obviously had to pick up a chocolate frog) and to the Butterbeer cart. FYI, butterbeer tastes odd, but good. It's kind of a fizzy, syrupy, caramel drink with a layer of smooth foamy caramel on top that 100% gives you a milk moustache. But it's worth it.
You can wander through Hogsmeade to Hogwarts which was incredible. The only real way to get inside it is to go on their 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey' ride. Queuing up for it was actually kind of ... incredible? You wander through different classrooms, hear holographs of the characters speaking, and get to experience Hogwarts from the inside. The ride was one of our favourites of the park too, and is definitely a must if you go!