With my first LeakyCon less than a month away, I can’t stop thinking about 1) the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and 2) wizard rock. Granted, this isn’t too different from what my mind usually loos like since those are two of my favorite thing in the world anyway. It’s just even worse now.
There is, of course, a considerable overlap of the two categories. In my head, that overlap is where an ever-growing playlist of wizard rock about places in the wizarding world has developed.
This is that list.
Part 1: Hogwarts and Hogsmeade
I’m Going to Hogwarts by Lauren Fairweather
When the theme park’s done, I’m going to Hogwarts
When Harry Potter is your life, having an “eff this, I’m going to Hogwarts” moment every so often comes with the territory. The good news: we can actually follow through with our wizard angst-induced promises now. Whenever a WWoHP trip approaches, shifts at work and days at school get so much less bearable. That’s around the time this song starts playing on a loop in my head.
Welcome by Tonks and the Aurors
Welcome to your new home
The Tonks For the Memories EP is so great that it’s hard to choose a favorite track, but Welcome always wins out* for me. Seeing Hogwarts for the first time – or for the first time in a while – brings on several emotions, and the nostalgia this song captures is definitely among them.
* With Charlie Weasley coming in right behind it.
The Mirror of Erised by RiddleTM
And I show not face but your heart’s desire
I have said a lot of cheesy things about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in my time, but nothing beats my thoughts on this particular prop. One of the best feelings in the park is when you’re in the Forbidden Journey queue and find yourself in front of the Mirror of Erised. The first time I had the chance to do that rather than just walking past it, I was wearing a Ravenclaw tie and had just been chosen by a wand at Ollivander’s; I thought to myself, “the mirror really does work.” When I’m at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I wouldn’t change a thing.
The Sorting Hat by RiddleTM
Old Hogwarts Sorting Hat sing me a song
Speak in my head tell me where I belong
The Sorting Hat is one of the last things you’ll see before boarding the enchanted benches on Fordbidden Journey.
Turning the corner and hearing that familiar voice will give you chills. Sure, the hat is talking about standard ride safety instead of the Hogwarts houses, but it speaks in its signature rhyme and moves just like it did in the film. It’s one of those details that makes the experience feel real.
It’s Dragons! It’s Mermaids!! It’s a Maze!!! by The Mudbloods
Harry Potter and the Dragon Challenge throws us right into the first strage of the Triwizard Tournament challenge. Spoiler alert: it’s Dragons.
Honeydukes by Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills
I wanna go to Honeydukes with you
Honeydukes is one of those songs that can brighten up the worst of days. It’s carefree in the best way – the kind of thing you’d whistle while walking down Hogsmeade.
In WWoHP, Honeydukes looks like this song sounds.
As a bonus, here’s this video of JFF in Honeydukes:
Bertie Botts by Harry and the Potters
If you’ve been to WWoHP, you’ve probably been there: buying a pack of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans seemed like a good idea in theory but the novelty wore off the moment you put one in your mouth. Since 2010, walking around Islands of Adventures means you’ll see at least a few people having their first Bertie Botts experience. The reactions are so great that there’s even a Bertie Botts challenge on YouTube.
Unless there’s money involved, I’m keeping future Bertie Botts experiences on a strict “laugh at others’ misfortune” basis.
Fred, George and Myrtle by Gred and Forge
Myrtle never leaves this bathroom
The Universal Creative team was so devoted to theming in WWoHP that one of the best details in the area is in the bathrooms. Yup: if you need to use the little wizard’s rooms after one Butterbeer too many, you’ll run into an old friend.
Freedom Is Only a Hippogriff Away by The Mudbloods
Despite living in Hogwarts’s shadow, the Flight of the Hippogriff is a charming ride fit for all ages. The short kiddie coaster flies past Hagrid’s Hut and Buckbeak, with Hogwarts in the background. It’s not a thrill ride, but it’s not meant to be; it’s just fun.