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(CNN)   For only $128 a ticket you'll be able to take a train from Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley   (cnn.com) divider line 65
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2014-01-24 01:19:59 AM
Wand shopping will be fun:
"Excuse me, I'm looking for a wand that helps me focus magic and that I could also insert into my urethra when I'm bored"
 
2014-01-24 01:32:01 AM
Seems like floo powder would be easier

/enough of that sh*t and you can be anywhere you want to be
//or so I've heard
 
2014-01-24 02:09:08 AM
If this is gonna be the thread where we complain about Harry Potter related things, can anyone someone tell me why the hell they don't all have magic communication mirrors like Sirius and James had? Seriously, they've basically invented the magic version of FaceTime calls and NO ONE ELSE EVER uses anything like it, despite how incredibly obviously convenient it is. Beats the hell out of waiting for an easily intercepted owl or sticking your head in the friggin' fire.

/also, how has no one made a killing on wand wrist-straps, given the popularity of disarming spells?
//and when the hell are they actually going to treat their own history like a serious subject and have someone LIVING teach it?
 
2014-01-24 02:26:05 AM
Take all my money.
 
2014-01-24 02:32:58 AM
I'd rather spend that 128 dollars on a blond hooker dressed up like Hermione.


// Ten points for Gryffindor if you know what I mean.
 
2014-01-24 03:31:23 AM
Okay, that's kind of neat, but the appeal of Harry Potter is the magic, not the architecture. If a $128 ticket gives me magic powers, sweet. If it just lets me buy a stick and walk in a whimsical English-style street... meh.
 
2014-01-24 03:33:45 AM
Now that Disney has Star Wars, I'll just wait for Star Wars World.
 
2014-01-24 04:06:41 AM

lasercannon: I'd rather spend that 128 dollars on a blond hooker dressed up like Hermione.


// Ten points for Gryffindor if you know what I mean.


That's disgusting

Brunette for sure. Maybe a redhead...
 
2014-01-24 04:55:05 AM

lasercannon: I'd rather spend that 128 dollars on a blond hooker dressed up like Hermione.


// Ten points for Gryffindor if you know what I mean.


Let's set our goals more realistically.
 
2014-01-24 04:58:16 AM
I'll be there, but my wife is more the fan than I am.

/season passes
 
2014-01-24 05:14:09 AM

Strolpol: If this is gonna be the thread where we complain about Harry Potter related things, can anyone someone tell me why the hell they don't all have magic communication mirrors like Sirius and James had? Seriously, they've basically invented the magic version of FaceTime calls and NO ONE ELSE EVER uses anything like it, despite how incredibly obviously convenient it is. Beats the hell out of waiting for an easily intercepted owl or sticking your head in the friggin' fire.

/also, how has no one made a killing on wand wrist-straps, given the popularity of disarming spells?
//and when the hell are they actually going to treat their own history like a serious subject and have someone LIVING teach it?


Nothing is better than sticking your head in the fire.

Also, teleportation. You don't call someone who's less than a minute away at all times. With teleportation, that's everyone.
 
2014-01-24 05:40:55 AM
...I thought the train was out of king's, not diagon
 
2014-01-24 05:48:16 AM

Strolpol: can anyone someone tell me why the hell they don't all have magic communication mirrors like Sirius and James had? Seriously, they've basically invented the magic version of FaceTime calls and NO ONE ELSE EVER uses anything like it, despite how incredibly obviously convenient it is.


You can only get the mirror with a minimum two year service contract and that includes a mandatory data plan at a ludicrous price.
 
2014-01-24 06:19:01 AM

Slaxl: lasercannon: I'd rather spend that 128 dollars on a blond hooker dressed up like Hermione.


// Ten points for Gryffindor if you know what I mean.

Let's set our goals more realistically.



Hell if we were being realistic I'd settle for a 15 dollar meth hooker.

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2014-01-24 06:29:21 AM

Strolpol: If this is gonna be the thread where we complain about Harry Potter related things, can anyone someone tell me why the hell they don't all have magic communication mirrors like Sirius and James had? Seriously, they've basically invented the magic version of FaceTime calls and NO ONE ELSE EVER uses anything like it, despite how incredibly obviously convenient it is. Beats the hell out of waiting for an easily intercepted owl or sticking your head in the friggin' fire.


The Harry Potter universe is quite maddening in regards to the selective use of magic. "hey, professor... you remember that liquid luck you could create? How about giving it to everyone before they fight the death eaters so none of us die?" Or "OMG Cedric is dead, grab one of those time turners so we can fix it, there's a good chap".

Worst of all, the joke shop run by the twins is selling roofies to kids.
 
2014-01-24 07:28:03 AM
Just got back from two days at Universal.

/not going back
//too many foreigners
///rich man's game now
 
2014-01-24 08:03:43 AM

farkeruk: Strolpol: If this is gonna be the thread where we complain about Harry Potter related things, can anyone someone tell me why the hell they don't all have magic communication mirrors like Sirius and James had? Seriously, they've basically invented the magic version of FaceTime calls and NO ONE ELSE EVER uses anything like it, despite how incredibly obviously convenient it is. Beats the hell out of waiting for an easily intercepted owl or sticking your head in the friggin' fire.

The Harry Potter universe is quite maddening in regards to the selective use of magic. "hey, professor... you remember that liquid luck you could create? How about giving it to everyone before they fight the death eaters so none of us die?" Or "OMG Cedric is dead, grab one of those time turners so we can fix it, there's a good chap".

Worst of all, the joke shop run by the twins is selling roofies to kids.



Harry Potter and the World-building by Haphazard Accumulation of Clichés is probably the weakest book in the whole series.
 
2014-01-24 08:07:42 AM

lasercannon: Slaxl: lasercannon: I'd rather spend that 128 dollars on a blond hooker dressed up like Hermione.


// Ten points for Gryffindor if you know what I mean.

Let's set our goals more realistically.


Hell if we were being realistic I'd settle for a 15 dollar meth hooker.

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Look at you Mr. Moneybags, splashing the cash on your grandiose $15 meth hookers. For that money you could get 15 blowjobs from homeless people. Quantity over quality.

Wait... wasn't this thread about Harry Potter? Let's make our own thread, with hookers, and blackjack...
 
2014-01-24 08:24:42 AM

narkor: Now that Disney has Star Wars, I'll just wait for Star Wars World.


Hahaha Disney is more interested in knowing that ten minutes after eating with Cinderella you need to use the restroom outside Dumbo instead of building a Star Wars themed land.

Last rumor is that it went back to the drawing board in order to add Episode VII items.

At this rate it is five to seven years out, maybe even more. Heck Pandora is still 3-4 years out and they just broke ground on it. They haven't even started on Star Wars
 
2014-01-24 08:41:00 AM

CujoQuarrel: lasercannon: I'd rather spend that 128 dollars on a blond hooker dressed up like Hermione.


// Ten points for Gryffindor if you know what I mean.

That's disgusting

Brunette for sure. Maybe a redhead...


Why not all three?
Hermione, Ginny and that South Asian girl who gave Harvey the love potion.

Just last week, I noticed that Diagon Alley is a pun on diagonally. Sharp as a butter knife, I am.
 
2014-01-24 08:43:18 AM

lasercannon: I'd rather spend that 128 dollars on a blond hooker dressed up like Hermione.


// Ten points for Gryffindor if you know what I mean.


de.futuramapedia.net

Here ya go.
 
2014-01-24 08:47:20 AM

ur14me: Just got back from two days at Universal.

/not going back
//too many foreigners
///rich man's game now


Was there at thanksgiving, the rest of the park is easily traveled.  step one foot into "Harry potter land" and BOOM, asses to elbows crowded. Can't move around, 2-3 hour lines.  Just to get into the Wand shop was an hour wait!

Needless to say, 4th day into the trip visiting various theme parks, I told the wife, I'm done with lines and people (nearly crushed a family with fast-passes for cutting the line after we had stood in line an hour and a half). "the last few days, I'm not leaving the condo and going to sit on the deck or at the pool area with some beer and crown royal" (father-in-law brings it by the case so I'm not going to be picky!).

6th day I'm talked into doing the "last park visit", we go to Disney at 8am, boys get bored with Disney since they aren't of the right age. We decide to jump over to Epcot (10am).  As we get off the tram and the boys see the line just to get in, they ask if we can go back and just go swimming the last two days there. Back at the condo place by 11am and enjoy the last 36 hours with the kids and cousins running between condos and the pool.

My advice to anyone, unless you like spending 12-14 hours in a park and having 30-45 minutes of fun, don't farking go!
 
2014-01-24 09:01:45 AM

Strolpol: If this is gonna be the thread where we complain about Harry Potter related things, can anyone someone tell me why the hell they don't all have magic communication mirrors like Sirius and James had? Seriously, they've basically invented the magic version of FaceTime calls and NO ONE ELSE EVER uses anything like it, despite how incredibly obviously convenient it is. Beats the hell out of waiting for an easily intercepted owl or sticking your head in the friggin' fire.

/also, how has no one made a killing on wand wrist-straps, given the popularity of disarming spells?
//and when the hell are they actually going to treat their own history like a serious subject and have someone LIVING teach it?


Wizards are not very good with logic. JK Rowling touched on that in the first book.
 
2014-01-24 09:06:41 AM

Strolpol: If this is gonna be the thread where we complain about Harry Potter related things, can anyone someone tell me why the hell they don't all have magic communication mirrors like Sirius and James had? Seriously, they've basically invented the magic version of FaceTime calls and NO ONE ELSE EVER uses anything like it, despite how incredibly obviously convenient it is. Beats the hell out of waiting for an easily intercepted owl or sticking your head in the friggin' fire.

/also, how has no one made a killing on wand wrist-straps, given the popularity of disarming spells?
//and when the hell are they actually going to treat their own history like a serious subject and have someone LIVING teach it?


We droont know how well binns teaches, the PoV character is a terrible student and couldn't judge this. You are just being racist to ghosts.

The disarming spell is constrained, like most magic, by squishy intents and beliefs rather than any particular set amount of force. It will knock your wand across the room. Strapping it to your wrist will just make its name rather literal.


No one carries mirrors because they are stupid.
 
2014-01-24 09:07:33 AM
The wizards are stupid I mean. Not the mirrors.
 
2014-01-24 09:24:08 AM
For only $128 a ticket


luckily I still have my muggle-to-wizard currency converter . . .

15 galleons, 7 sickles and 5 knuts.
 
2014-01-24 09:40:23 AM

lasercannon: I'd rather spend that 128 dollars on a blond hooker dressed up like Hermione.


I'd prefer a session with Bellatrix the Dominatrix

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2014-01-24 09:40:37 AM
The answer to all your realism based questions about the Harry Potter universe is simple.  It's a fictional book intended for children.  Things that don't make sense in the context of reality probably make sense in the context of making the book fun and exciting.  There is only one bathroom on the Enterprise D according to the technical specifications.  The Deathstar had an unguarded thermal exhaust port that had a straight pipe to the core.  A simple S bend would have saved the empire a lot of trouble.  It doesn't make sense because it's either not important to the story or intended to make the experience enjoyable.
 
2014-01-24 09:48:28 AM
So for giggles, I went to go see what it would cost for 3 day's of tickets at Disney World and a 2 at Universal Sutdios (one day alone being dedicated to Potterland)... $1,952.

No hotel room, no Airplane.

If I ever want to take my kids on a fun trip to florida it will run me about $6,000.

:(
 
2014-01-24 09:56:00 AM
Or, for $64. you can take a one way trip, nerd.
 
2014-01-24 10:15:29 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: So for giggles, I went to go see what it would cost for 3 day's of tickets at Disney World and a 2 at Universal Sutdios (one day alone being dedicated to Potterland)... $1,952.

No hotel room, no Airplane.

If I ever want to take my kids on a fun trip to florida it will run me about $6,000.

:(


I'm planning on taking my two kids on a vacation next year and the cost between 7 days and Disney World and 8 days in Hawaii is a wash.  So off the beach we go!
 
2014-01-24 10:25:11 AM

Strolpol: If this is gonna be the thread where we complain about Harry Potter related things, can anyone someone tell me why the hell they don't all have magic communication mirrors like Sirius and James had? Seriously, they've basically invented the magic version of FaceTime calls and NO ONE ELSE EVER uses anything like it, despite how incredibly obviously convenient it is. Beats the hell out of waiting for an easily intercepted owl or sticking your head in the friggin' fire.

/also, how has no one made a killing on wand wrist-straps, given the popularity of disarming spells?
//and when the hell are they actually going to treat their own history like a serious subject and have someone LIVING teach it?


Because adult wizards are morons. I mean if a bunch of children can thwart the greatest evil wizard to ever but on a hat and robes for seven years with barely trained magic, how effective can an adult wizard be?

I'd rather be a Muggle, internet, airplanes, cell phones, etc... as opposed to fire places, ugly elf slaves, flying conveyances that get you arrested, and magic mirrors that nobody uses. Muggles definitely have a better quality of life than most wizards.
 
2014-01-24 10:25:47 AM
Meh, I was there when they opened the first one and was not impressed.
 
2014-01-24 10:25:52 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: So for giggles, I went to go see what it would cost for 3 day's of tickets at Disney World and a 2 at Universal Sutdios (one day alone being dedicated to Potterland)... $1,952.

No hotel room, no Airplane.

If I ever want to take my kids on a fun trip to florida it will run me about $6,000.


That's about right.  Fortunately for me my mother and grandmother have lived in Orlando for 25 years and have carefully done lots of favors for people who get us into both Disney and Universal for free.  The only thing I pay for is transportation, which is why I've been going about every year.

Yeah, its crowded and hot, but a short trip to see relatives AND get into theme parks for free is a no-brainer.
 
2014-01-24 10:28:08 AM

Ned Stark: Strolpol: If this is gonna be the thread where we complain about Harry Potter related things, can anyone someone tell me why the hell they don't all have magic communication mirrors like Sirius and James had? Seriously, they've basically invented the magic version of FaceTime calls and NO ONE ELSE EVER uses anything like it, despite how incredibly obviously convenient it is. Beats the hell out of waiting for an easily intercepted owl or sticking your head in the friggin' fire.

/also, how has no one made a killing on wand wrist-straps, given the popularity of disarming spells?
//and when the hell are they actually going to treat their own history like a serious subject and have someone LIVING teach it?

We droont know how well binns teaches, the PoV character is a terrible student and couldn't judge this. You are just being racist to ghosts.

The disarming spell is constrained, like most magic, by squishy intents and beliefs rather than any particular set amount of force. It will knock your wand across the room. Strapping it to your wrist will just make its name rather literal.


I do admit I found the ghosts one of the most distracting elements in the books, because you'd think at least a few students would probably immediately ask about the whole 'which religion has it right' aspect to the afterlife.

I still say wrist-straps are a good idea, though. Plenty of times people get knocked down and their wand just goes flying off. I also stick to my statement on Binns, who does literally nothing at all but lecture, to the point when students asking questions or talking to him is such a rare occurrence that it's always remarked upon. I think, though, that he's in the book as kind of an example of just how little this wizard world cares about it's own history, in the same way they don't really care about non-human magical beings.

Elves are a great example of this. For some reason, they never really latch on to the fact that elves can apparate and disapparate freely in places that no one else can (Hogwarts, Malfoy Manor, other places with teleportation wards). Simply calling Dobby to join in their adventure in the last book would have solved very nearly all of their problems. It also speaks to the blindness of both Draco and Voldemort, who could likewise have borrowed a house elf from any of the various purebloods allied with the dark side and used them to get inside Hogwarts with zero trouble.

/nothing like overthinking a children's book to get your day started
 
2014-01-24 10:55:40 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: So for giggles, I went to go see what it would cost for 3 day's of tickets at Disney World and a 2 at Universal Sutdios (one day alone being dedicated to Potterland)... $1,952.

No hotel room, no Airplane.

If I ever want to take my kids on a fun trip to florida it will run me about $6,000.

:(


You're doing it wrong.  Just booked a week at WDW for 3, hotel (moderate, port orleans), tickets (w/park hopper), and food for the week was 3k.  You can add additional people for the week at about $275/person.  Should you choose to do Harry Potter you can expect the $128/person based on the article.
 
2014-01-24 10:55:57 AM

bulok: Strolpol: If this is gonna be the thread where we complain about Harry Potter related things, can anyone someone tell me why the hell they don't all have magic communication mirrors like Sirius and James had? Seriously, they've basically invented the magic version of FaceTime calls and NO ONE ELSE EVER uses anything like it, despite how incredibly obviously convenient it is. Beats the hell out of waiting for an easily intercepted owl or sticking your head in the friggin' fire.

/also, how has no one made a killing on wand wrist-straps, given the popularity of disarming spells?
//and when the hell are they actually going to treat their own history like a serious subject and have someone LIVING teach it?

Wizards are not very good with logic. JK Rowling touched on that in the first book.


That's actually as far as you need to take it, that lampshade could cover Lady Liberty's torch.

They are actually pretty clear that the wizards are all daffy without an ounce of logic. Then again, not all of us approached magic as rules lawyering d&d munchkins for years.
 
2014-01-24 11:26:49 AM

thecpt: ...I thought the train was out of king's, not diagon


The train will go out of Kings Cross, on the left, with the Diagon Alley entrance at the center/right.

www.themeparkreview.com

Also, that $128 gets you into both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, not just both Potterlands (although it does seem to be rapidly going that direction).

/If you need me, I'll be at Moe's
 
2014-01-24 11:47:16 AM
But trains don't go diagonally.
 
2014-01-24 11:56:33 AM

toetag: My advice to anyone, unless you like spending 12-14 hours in a park and having 30-45 minutes of fun, don't farking go!


My advice to anyone would be "don't go at Thanksgiving."

/early October FTW - Halloween Horror Nights at Universal and Food and Wine at Epcot
 
2014-01-24 12:02:19 PM

fngoofy: Jim from Saint Paul: So for giggles, I went to go see what it would cost for 3 day's of tickets at Disney World and a 2 at Universal Sutdios (one day alone being dedicated to Potterland)... $1,952.

No hotel room, no Airplane.

If I ever want to take my kids on a fun trip to florida it will run me about $6,000.

:(

You're doing it wrong.  Just booked a week at WDW for 3, hotel (moderate, port orleans), tickets (w/park hopper), and food for the week was 3k.  You can add additional people for the week at about $275/person.  Should you choose to do Harry Potter you can expect the $128/person based on the article.


How much were plane tickets? I aint drivin to Florida from Minnesota "on vacation".

I have me, myself, 3 kids.

$3550 using your deal/

$640 for harry Pottter. That's a thing. Gotta go.

So $4190.

$150 for food and water for the day at Universal. (assuming we ate 3 meals costing us $40 a piece and having money for a snack, butterbeer and water)

So assuming I could find your deal and spend 1 day of the 5 I pay for at Disney actually at Universal Sudios:

$4240

5 roundtrip tickets in the $350 range (depending on deals, days, etc)

$1750.

4240
+1750
$5990

$6000, plus needing a couple hundred for souviniers and extra food/water if needed.

Still, your deal makes tons of sense, especally if 3 meals are completely included at Disney.
 
2014-01-24 12:27:23 PM

farkeruk: The Harry Potter universe is quite maddening in regards to the selective use of magic.


As I've said before.  Harry and Hermione are of our world, to them things like guns, planes, tanks and missiles are known quantities.  The magical world, including the big bad show a complete and utter disregard for the normal world and consider magic vastly superior, to the point where an adult wizard does not know the basics of operating a car.

Yet nowhere in the books or movies does it show any of the bad guys using something like an 'energy shield' to protect themselves nor do they wear anything other than robes and regular street clothes.

Whilst I understand and accept that Potter or any of the other wizards/witches/warlocks/etc are training and proficient in their use, but the whole of Hogwarts going spray & pray with an Uzi would of worked very well against magic users.

Combine that with a summoning spell which teleports the named object to you, or indeed teleporting to the factory where they're made and vanishing with a few pallets of them and well, there is no reason why Harry Potter shouldn't of made use of firearms and explosives. 

"I am *click*"
"Yeah, that's a landmine bibi"
*BOOM*
 
2014-01-24 12:29:17 PM

Vaneshi: farkeruk: The Harry Potter universe is quite maddening in regards to the selective use of magic.

As I've said before.  Harry and Hermione are of our world, to them things like guns, planes, tanks and missiles are known quantities.  The magical world, including the big bad show a complete and utter disregard for the normal world and consider magic vastly superior, to the point where an adult wizard does not know the basics of operating a car.

Yet nowhere in the books or movies does it show any of the bad guys using something like an 'energy shield' to protect themselves nor do they wear anything other than robes and regular street clothes.

Whilst I understand and accept that Potter or any of the other wizards/witches/warlocks/etc are training and proficient in their use, but the whole of Hogwarts going spray & pray with an Uzi would of worked very well against magic users.

Combine that with a summoning spell which teleports the named object to you, or indeed teleporting to the factory where they're made and vanishing with a few pallets of them and well, there is no reason why Harry Potter shouldn't of made use of firearms and explosives. 

"I am *click*"
"Yeah, that's a landmine bibi"
*BOOM*


You need to be reading The Dresden Files. STAT.
 
2014-01-24 12:37:09 PM
Didnt they just take Dueling Dragons and re-brand it?
 
2014-01-24 12:39:34 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Seems like floo powder would be easier

/enough of that sh*t and you can be anywhere you want to be
//or so I've heard


As long as it's connected to the floo network, sure.

/$128 is exactly the kind of reason why I've not gone to a theme park in 15 years.
 
2014-01-24 12:41:21 PM

LemSkroob: Didnt they just take Dueling Dragons and re-brand it?


Yes.
 
2014-01-24 12:44:35 PM

farkeruk: The Harry Potter universe is quite maddening in regards to the selective use of magic. "hey, professor... you remember that liquid luck you could create? How about giving it to everyone before they fight the death eaters so none of us die?" Or "OMG Cedric is dead, grab one of those time turners so we can fix it, there's a good chap".

Worst of all, the joke shop run by the twins is selling roofies to kids.


What always got me is, the could go through six books of the story with no mention of some giant life-altering spell/potion/power that suddenly become available to them at the moment something like that would be their only way to succeed. Then once the issue has passed, the skill is forgotten about.

Then its things like, you have this great ability to use a broom to fly anywhere you want at very high speed, yet you use it only for sports 95% of the time? Yeah, going down the hall between classes might not be ideal, but if you wanted to go over to Hagrid's cottage down the hill, why walk it?
 
2014-01-24 12:46:28 PM

dj_spanmaster: LemSkroob: Didnt they just take Dueling Dragons and re-brand it?

Yes.


And it doesn't duel anymore.
 
2014-01-24 12:47:04 PM
Plus, there is likely 30 times in that story where they have to sneak around and spy on someone, but only twice do they remember they have a cloak that makes them completely invisible.
 
2014-01-24 12:55:08 PM

dj_spanmaster: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Seems like floo powder would be easier

/enough of that sh*t and you can be anywhere you want to be
//or so I've heard

As long as it's connected to the floo network, sure.

/$128 is exactly the kind of reason why I've not gone to a theme park in 15 years.


Probably wouldn't work for me, anyway

/I got a floo shot this year
 
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