by Morgan Sturdevant
This has been a big year for Harry Potter. Fans from all over have been overjoyed at the sudden rebirth of the series, with the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them both having been released in the last five months.
Senior Ryan Murphy loves the Potter revival. “I’ve been a fan...forever,” said Murphy. “I’m just glad new material is being released five years after Deathly Hallows.”
Fans can even experience the Harry Potter universe for themselves at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando or at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. At the Wizarding World, people can experience everything from the books and films through various rides and attractions at Universal Orlando’s theme park; in London, people can visit the studio where the movies were filmed and can tour former set locations.
In July, senior Laura Surace visited Warner Bros. London and toured the studio. “I loved it,” Surace said. “We saw the Gryffindor common room.”
Surace noted that it’s hard for anything to compare with the original series, but that these new Harry Potter pieces help keep the magic going. “It’s good that they’re making all this new stuff for the younger generations, so they can experience the magical world like our generation did,” Surace said.
Perhaps no one is as excited about visiting Orlando as sophomore and foreign exchange student Ainhoa Urech. Growing up in Spain, Urech read the series twice—once in Spanish and again in English. She has visited the London studio and will travel to Universal Studios over winter break with her host family.
Urech said she’s never tired of Harry Potter. “If something’s good, there can never be too much [of it],” she said.