After the rides, we lunched at the Three Broomsticks...
There are some really attractive pics of us chowing down on our enormous turkey legs, but I will spare you those beauties....
After lunch we hit the shops along Diagon Alley. There was a line to get into the wand demonstration, but we didn't mind a wait in the sunshine as we finished our butterbeers. Lil Sis and I split a regular, cold butterbeer and a frozen butterbeer. I didn't care terribly for either of them, but we both preferred the frozen. Poor Lil Sis had to drink 1 1/2 of our two butterbeers, because I just couldn't drink anymore... But it's not so bad waiting in line, when you've got a gorgeous view of Hogwarts behind you!!
This lucky girl got to take part in a wand demonstration. When she swished and flicked her wand around, things fell off shelves and when the right wand found her a cool glowy light came on. It was legit.
Then we wandered around the other shops in Diagon Alley- The Owl Post-
I love love love the cute pink staircase and the candy jars on it. The $10 price of chocolate frogs, not so much. I ended up buying a sugar quill.
Zonko's Joke Shop-
Real Extendable Ears!!
The shops were super crowded and made me claustrophobic, but they were so cute and fun!
Some more shop windows-
A Quidditch Supply Shop
A Book Shop full of Gilderoy Lockhart's books
Me next to some random cauldrons
An adorablespice snowman with a festive Gryffindor scarf
After the shops, we watched the Triwizard Spirit Rally Show. It was basically the Strong Sons of Durmstrang and the Beautiful Daughters of Beauxbatons performing.
We never got to see the Frog Choir before, which was kind of a bummer...
Lil Sis and I were getting ready to have our picture taken by the Hogwarts Express, when all of the sudden a conductor pops up to join our picture :)
Some views of the beautiful scenes of Hogwarts/ Hogsmeade-
Doesn't Hogsmeade just look perfect?? *sigh* Hogwarts too :)
We had such a fantabulous day!!!!!!!!!!! We ended up going on all of the rides twice :) It was one of the best days ever!!! We also spent some time on the Dr. Seussland Island, but that's the makings of another post...