A Very Potter Vacation

The thanksgiving holidays got me thinking about Hogwarts.

Oh, that’s weird.  I should explain…  Maybe it’s because of the full-scale Hogwarts my dad built by HAND in his garden train village off of their back porch…

hogwarts

Or maybe it’s because for the first time in our 14 years of marriage, we’re going on our very first REAL VACATION to HARRY POTTER WORLD in Florida!

What?  You mean we’ve never gone on a vacation in fourteen years of marriage???  Nope.  NEVER.  And Professor McGonagall is silently judging me for it.

mcgonagall-is-judging-you

Being an army family, finding time and planning for a vacation is very tricky.  The husband has been deployed three times in our daughter’s seven years.  There are field exercises and training to work around.  Most of our leave has been used relocating to new duty stations, trying to squeeze in visits to family along our way there.  Fun, but not a “vacation.”

Once, when my husband was deployed to Afghanistan, he got two weeks of R&R, and we met up in Hawaii with our 2-year old Myla (who was in her very “terrible” phase then)… and then I returned with Myla to the frozen temps of Alaska, and the husband went straight back to Afghanistan.  But I’m not sure that counts as a real “vacation,” does it?

mad-eyeYeah, I didn’t think so either, Mad-Eye.

My husband and I have been pretty big Potter fans for ages.  Early in our marriage, when we were kidless and waiting for our new home to be ready to move in, we spent hours in the hotel room, devouring all of the Harry Potter books.  We didn’t do much else.  But we had so much fun reading them all.  Because we’re adults and we CAN.

trelawneyThank you, Professor Trelawney.  I don’t think it sounds crazy at all, either.

Myla is seven now, and has excitedly braved her way through the entire series of Harry Potter movies (despite our warnings that they get darker and darker), and she LOVES them.  (Snape is her very favorite…)

always

Honestly, it’s been a rough year, this year.  A terrible, no good, very bad year.  It seems to have been unusually unpleasant for a great deal of people.

bad-guysI know, Voldemort.  I get a headache just THINKING about how rough this past year’s been. 

So I decided that now was the time.  We were going to go.  I was going to plan it.  We’ve had the money saved for ages.  We’ll need money for the bumpy road ahead next year, sure, but THIS money has always been saved for a vacation we’ve never taken.  So we’re taking it, and we’re not going to feel a stitch bad about it at all.

stitched(Don’t worry, Dumbledore.  Don’t worry, McGonagall.  We’ll be okay.  We got this.)

We’ve only got a couple of days there.  And we’re not going to Disney.  We just want to go to Harry Potter World.  We’ll get wands.  We’ll get butterbeer.  We’ll do all the fun “hidden” trivia things my friend Cathy told me about, since she goes all the time.  I can’t wait!   Just a couple of days there, but we will be wizards, and we will have so much fun.  We deserve a little fun.

professors(I know, I know–Don’t worry, Dumbledore!  Don’t worry, McGonagall!  We’ll be okay!  …I’m sure we’ll be okay…)

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of wonderful characters.  And it seems JK Rowling has filled this magical, wonderful wizarding world full of them.   I love to draw them.  I love to paint them.  I’ve done tiny portraits of them. I’ve done larger portraits of them.

tiny-faces

And I think our love for that world has spread to Myla…and I’m okay with that.

collabs

The husband and I recently watched Fantastic Beasts, and loved it. (Myla hasn’t seen it yet–a few things in there she’s not ready for, but she’ll get there at her own pace.)

fantastic-beasts

So we’ve only got a couple of weeks until our Harry Potter vacation.  Our first REAL vacation.  I’m so excited!  Aren’t you?

So I’m going to celebrate.  See that Newt Scamander doodle above?  He was so much fun do draw!  So I’m going to put 20 signed and numbered 8×10 fine art prints up in the Etsy shop.  They’ll be waiting for you there, if you think one should live at your home.  Or at a fellow Potterhead’s home. Just because.

So enjoy your fantastic beasts, and I’ll try to patiently count down the next couple of weeks until our Harry Potter Vacation!  It’ll be difficult, but mischief will be managed…

 

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7 responses

  1. enjoy 🙂 sounds like a fantastic trip!

  2. Have a wonderful time! It sounds like a much-deserved and hard-earned family break so I am very happy for you that you are off to somewhere so magical. We went to the Universal parks in December 2014 and absolutely adored the Harry Potter sections. It is impossible not to get caught up in all the magic and excitement of it all. I was running around screeching with excitement over all the little details. I won’t write much more since I don’t want to drop any spoilers but I know for sure you are going to love it. And I am going to suggest the next vacation you save up for is to go to London to do the Harry Potter studio tour. I took my three oldest kids (when we still lived in the UK, albeit hundreds of miles from London) not long after it first opened and it was amazing. Of all the expensively ticketed things I have ever done in my life, it is at the top in terms of value for money. To see all the props, sets, costumes and models was just absolutely breathtakingly incredible. I enthusiastically recommend it to all Potterphiles.

  3. I love your images, so wonderful. I am envious of you for visiting HP World, I can only wish at this point. Have fun….Oh I saw Fantastic Beats last week, love it too

  4. I envy. I haven’t been yet. Tickets this summer were WAY too expensive. I’ll get there one day! In the meantime, enjoy yourself!

  5. Yay!

  6. Wow your dad built this??? Wonderful!
    Enjoy your vacation, you deserve it! I love your drawings 🙂 The portraits with the stitches are awesome 🙂

  7. You are going to love the parks. You chose a great time to visit, it should be cool enough to wear school robes if you are so inclined. My favourite is the hot butterbeer, though everyone else I know loves the frozen version. Make sure you eat at the Leaky Cauldron.

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