I loved all the Harry Potter books and have actually, in my case, listened to then multiple times.  And I think one of the most engaging things about these books was J.K. Rowling’s attention to the details of the world they lived in.  I have been to England and love the English cities and countryside so it was a natural jump to enjoy the Harry Potter series.  That said the fact that Universal has put such painful detail into creating Diagon Alley and Gringots makes me just want to go all the more.

The fact that there is only one ride and 7 intricate shops doesn’t deter me in the least.  Universal promises and I quote: “The rich level of detail in the park, inspired by J.K. Rowling's books and the Potter films, is authentic and exciting enough to thrill hardcore fans and casual visitors alike. There's a fire-breathing dragon, animatronic fantasy animals, and "The Monster Book of Monsters," a tome with teeth. There's butterbeer ice cream, an outdoor performance stage, and a Hogwarts Express train that takes visitors to Universal's original Harry Potter area, Diagon Alley even has its own currency, so guests can swap U.S. dollars (muggles money) for wizard cash, to spend or to keep as a souvenir.” And “Even the train ride between the two parks is immersive. Visitors board at either King's Cross Station (built like a real Tube station) or Hogsmeade Station for a two-minute trip in enclosed compartments. A video screen (instead of windows) shows a passing urban landscape, then countryside, along with Harry Potter characters. Outside the car door, silhouettes flit in the corridor and familiar voices from Potter movies are overheard.

The price is not for the faint of heart though a two day pass to get you into everything Harry Potter is $136.00. I’ll still go someday. Let's take a look.