Potter

16 Mar

The Harry Potter Studio Magic Ride and Tour was ok I guess. I imagine one really needs to see the films or read the books to properly appreciate it. But even without all that background stuff there were some things that I noticed about the Harry Potter universe that are kind of disturbing.

You know how Harry is locked in that cupboard under the stairs for the first 10 years of his life? Well according to the movie people, located in that cupboard with Harry was the electricity meter for the entire house. The meter reader guy should have noticed some point over the ten years he was checking the meter (once a month?) that there was a child locked in there. The fact that he did not report this to the police is very unsettling.

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One part of the series was based on a Dutch novel called the Golden Egg and this was not written for kids. Apologies to parents of young children for drawing attention to the existence of this Harry Potter-related story.

Parents, now that they are aware of it, Godspeed in preventing them from reading it.

Parents, now that they are aware of it, Godspeed in preventing your children from reading it.

The crew on the set called this contraption “The Widowmaker”.

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Or that’s what they would have called it if any of the actors using it were old enough to be married.

Here’s a replica of the house I helped build.

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Some of the toilets in this facility were among the best I’ve ever seen in the UK.

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Others, not so much.

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The character of Hagrid was 100% an animatronic robot.

After seeing this I'm sure the film series just got five times creepier (albeit unintentionally).

After seeing this I’m sure the film series just got five times creepier (albeit unintentionally).

The entire facility was 100% wheelchair-friendly. Finland, you could learn a lot from the good people at Warner Bros.

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