|The girls were troopers while waiting for everything to get sorted out! There was no rain on this parade!|
|we had to detour for a candy apple!|
|Although it was just past opening, Hogsmeade was FULL!|
|How lucky! The Hogwarts Express just pulled in!|
|Zonko's had everything you could have hoped for: Sneakoscopes, Puking Pastilles, Extendible Ears, Wizard's Chess sets, t-shirts, Chattering Teeth, and Remeberalls were all here!|
|Of course we bought a chocolate frog and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans at HoneyDukes.|
|We toured the whole area and gave the wand kiosks special attention. The girls were very methodical and thorough about their selection. We visited several times throughout the day, but waited until we were ready to leave to make our purchases.|
|While we waited we saw the Hogwarts Frog Choir Sing...|
|And had some Butterbeer and pumpkin juice. (Only a half hour wait in line for that!)|
Finally, the big moment came, and the girls went into Ollivander's to see the wand demonstration. A group of about 30 kids are sent in at a time, but only one is picked to 'choose' their wand. As she tried out the wands, the spells tried with the first few wands create disaster, but finally the right wand is in hand and the spells work.
|Would this not be the coolest job ever? Ollivander leads the new students through their wand selection process...|
|a hall filled with portraits that talk to each other|
|on the far right you can see a bit of the 'Flight of the Hippogriff' ride, a smaller roller coaster that all of the kids could ride. And we did!|
After buying a replica of Fleur Delacour's wand, we returned to meet up with everyone else and found Mark waiting with Avery outside the ride; she had a cloud over her head and tears in her eyes. I found out what happened as Avery stormed over to the ride measurer to inform me that they thought she was too small and she had a rather different opinion. She stretched for all she was worth and if she just slightly raised her heels she grazed the bottom of the stick. Two millimetres separated her from what she knew was the best ride ever! A traumatic experience for sure, made all the more stormy by the fact that her best friend had that extra two millimetres of height...
|The Chinese Fireball goes by... your feet dangle over your head!|
|English pub fare was served up here! The restaurant itself was HUGE...|
The day was nearly done, and it was time to head back to our resort. But not without one last stroll through Hogsmeade, where Avery entered the park at her absolute stretchiest and walked up to that measuring stick confident that she would somehow pass this time. Alas...