Ultimate Playlist at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando

Magic is always in the air at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It may surprise hardcore Harry Potter fans how much of the score from the films is present at Universal Studios Orlando. Upon the opening release date, 48 songs were described to be used throughout the theme parks. I may not have captured all of them, however, there are more than enough to keep any Harry Potter fan to try to catch.

If you're on vacation at the Florida theme park, take a moment to pause and listen to the music within the Harry Potter lands. Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade has an amazing collection of scores playing that will take you back to your most favorite scenes from the film franchise. Below is an ultimate guide of songs you will hear and where.

Modern London

Harry's Wondrous World / Sorcerer's Stone
+ Aunt Marge's Waltz / Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry In Winter / Goblet of Fire
+ Rita Skeeter / Goblet of Fire (As one of the more obscure songs from the film franchise, you will hear this one everywhere, especially Diagon Alley).
+ Wizard Wheezes / Half Blood Prince

Diagon Alley

Hedwig's Theme / all of the films
Harry's Wondrous World / Sorcerer's Stone
Rita Skeeter / Goblet of Fire
Dumbledore's Army / Order of the Phoenix
Fireworks / Half Blood Prince
+ Living Death / Half Blood Prince
The Slug Party / Half Blood Prince
+ Epilogue (19 years later) / Deathly Hallows Part 2

Knockturn Alley

+ The Friends / Half Blood Prince
Harry and Hermione / Half Blood Prince
+ Snape and the Unbreakable Vow / Half Blood Prince
Severus and Lily / Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Leaky Cauldron

Dueling The Basilisk / Chamber of Secrets (the first thirty seconds only)
Professor Umbridge / Order of the Phoenix
Fireworks / Order of the Phoenix
+ When Ginny Kisses Harry / Half Blood Prince

The Three Broomsticks

Foreign Visitors Arrive / Goblet of Fire
The Friends / Half Blood Prince
+ The Weasley Stomp / Half Blood Prince
+ The Slug Party / Half Blood Prince

Harry's Wondrous World / Sorcerer's Stone
Hedwig's Theme / all of the films
Double Trouble / Prisoner of Azkaban (most commonly played at the Hogsmeade Station for the Hogwarts Express attraction)
+ Harry in Winter / Goblet of Fire
Potter Waltz / Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Question of Insurance

Ever wonder how much the Weasleys home known as the Burrows would be worth? Adrian Flux analyzed how several famous homes would fare on the market. Take a look at this interesting information below, and for details on other famous homes outside of the wizarding world.

It might look a little ramshackle, both inside and out, but The Burrow was once a home-away-from-home for Harry Potter and even played an important role in the wizarding war as a headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix.

Though Ron might have dismissed his family pad when Harry first visited, stating modestly that “it’s not much, but it’s home”, the magically-supported seven-storey tower was said to be one of the warmest and most welcoming places Harry ever stayed.

Built up and added to over decades, The Burrow was a mix of styles and materials, frequently mocked for more closely resembling a treehouse than a family home, proving it really is what’s on the inside that counts.

When UK-based insurance broker Adrian Flux started to look into how much it would cost to insure our favourite fictional homes, The Burrow was an obvious choice – unusual construction, business use (if you count The Order) and an enormous number of guests and visitors, especially at the wedding, making it a unique risk.

After rereading the books and watching the films over and over again (just for research, obviously) Adrian Flux has estimated how much it would cost to insure The Burrow.

As well as examining the risks facing The Burrow and its inhabitants, Adrian Flux also looked into nine other famous fictional homes. From Sherlock’s Baker Street pad to Spongebob’s underwater pineapple, click here to view the full list.

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Cast Q&A at A Celebration of Harry Potter Weekend 2015

Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps and Michael Gambon were on hand a A Celebration of Harry Potter to participate in the Q&A panels as well as autograph sessions. I wasn't able to sequeeze into one of the autograph sessions but seeing them in person at one of the panels was so exciting!

Theme parks guest gathered at the music plaza in front of Rip, Ride, Rock it Rollercoaster. The panel was led by fans in the audience who asked the cast members questions.

Unfortunately, because the panel was set up in front of an outdoor rollercoaster, listening to the panel was difficult to hear sometimes. Some of the questions asked were truly unique and offered great insight into the making of the series and how the actors viewed their own characters.

A big revelation - for fans who didn't know already - Michael Gambon confessed to having not read the books during filming the movies, and was even given permission by J.K. Rowling to not have to read the books to play Dumbledore.

On the subject of if James Phelps discovered how his character Fred Weasley died, he shared a story of being on a train in Japan while reading Deathly Hallows. He took great lengths to not find out how the series was going to end by not checking his cellphone or email. As he was reaching the end of the book, a conductor was walking through the passenger rows checking everyone's tickets when he found out his character's death. Phelps explained it was a surreal moment to be doing something so ordinary as getting his ticket checked on the train while finding out a part of him died (his character).

One of my favorite questions was Which form would your Patronus take? Evanna Lynch said a koala, Oliver suggested a wombat, Michael Gambon wanted a lion, and James Phelps wanted "Man Bear Pig" (for those who are familiar with South Park, it's a character from Trey and Matt's cartoon series on Comedy Central).

It was so much fun to watch the actors and listen to their experiences on the set of Harry Potter. Some of the photos I took are included below and videos will be posted soon. Hope you enjoy!

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A Celebration of Harry Potter At Universal Orlando

At A Harry Potter Celebration, Universal Orlando held an exciting event of panels, discussions, and demonstrations. Over the weekend of January 31st to February 1st 2015, Harry Potter fans from all walks of life gathered at the Florida theme park to take part in their appreciation of the series as well as celebrate the recent opening of the Diagon Alley expansion. I had the privilege to be there first hand, and as my first time attending the event, it was more than I ever expected or anticipated.

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10 Inspiring Harry Potter Quotes for a Magical New Year

January 1st is just around the corner, and surely we are all seeking inspiration to carry with us to achieve ambitious goals or try new things in the next twelve months. As witches and wizards in training, what better place than to look at our favorite characters from Harry Potter for ideas. From Dumbledore to Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, I hope you enjoy these ten inspiring Harry Potter quotes for a magical new year.

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Favorite Harry Potter Christmas Artwork

artwork by ravenclawradiance

The Harry Potter series is magical all on its own, and it comes even more merry during the Christmas season. From a dressed-up Hogwarts, some of our favorite characters gathering together and a Grinch-like Voldemort, the internet is alive with so much festive artwork. Celebrate the holidays with this beautiful collection and some of my favorite Harry Potter Christmas artwork. Enjoy!

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Ravenclaw Tower Inspiration

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, readers get a glimpse of the Ravenclaw Tower when Harry is summoned there as part of his journey in defeating Voldemort. Known as the Hogwarts house of is wisdom and knowledge, students are renown for their eccentric outlooks of observing and studying the world. With its emblem of an eagle flying high on a blue and bronze crest, decorate your own home or study with inspiration from the Ravenclaw Tower.

Decorate your office or bedroom walls with beautiful artwork showing off your house pride.

Just As Sane As I Am Poster by MeganLaraArt
Ravenclaw Minimalist poster by AbbieImagine

Sit back and relax to read a book and enhance your Ravenclaw wit.

Ravenclaw logo pillow

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JK Rowling Sharing New Information for Pottermore Christmas Event

Christmas is just around the corner, dear Potter fans, and Pottermore is inviting us to join in on an exciting twelve day event. Starting Friday, December 12, Pottermore will be releasing a new surprise every day at 1pm GMT (8am EST). J.K. Rowling will be sharing new information. Head over Pottermore's Facebook page to join in on the event to receive daily treats and alerts. Below are some details we can expect to seen this holiday season!

A Wonderland of New Writing by J.K. Rowling
From Florean Fortescue’s ghost plot to J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on the sneaky Slytherin Draco Malfoy, there’s a wealth of writing to discover.

Christmas Conundrums
Answer our daily rhyming riddles to access brand new Moments from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Gifts at Gringotts
Keep an eye on your Gringotts account for a gift of golden Galleons. You may need them in the Apothecary soon.

Presents in Potions Class
Discover brand new concoctions to brew in Potions Class this winter, and become a Practical Potion-Maker.

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