Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Day #33: The one with Harry Potter

In honor of this magical day, we figured we would fill the lines with a lighthearted poem. So, get out your animated reading voice and brush up on your Harry Potter trivia. Enjoy!

We awoke with a start and knew the day had arrived,
Up to this point, we had been Potter deprived.
Without further ado, we left the house,
Wishing we had Griffindor scarves, wands, glasses and even Scabbers the mouse
(ok, technically a rat - but it didn't rhyme).
To the Borough Market we decided to dash,
the best outdoor food array: Caution - they only take cash.
We smelled fresh sausage, tried cider, and Thai,
fresh flowers so bright, they could make a grown man cry
(Jake didn't cry, but he did enjoy them!).
We settled on a cart that to our delight,
had broiling wedges of cheese and was quite the sight!
A platter or potatoes, topped in fried cheese,
was a must for the Singleton's, "We'll have one...YES PLEASE!"
"Oh you make a toasted cheese sandwich as well?"
The cheese was so good, we were put under a spell.
With all this fine food, a drink was in need,
a Rose and Pimm's spritzer was made with great speed.
To the Potter invasion we journeyed at last,
and started our tour hoping we'd see the cast.
Through London we went with mostly kids of all ages,
but, we kicked their butts at the trivia, have they not read the pages?
Our guide led us to sights we so wanted to see,
Diagon Alley and Gringott's - it was entertaining indeed.
We floated down the Thames under bridges galore,
hoping to get a glimpse of flying broomsticks and more.
On the steps of the Leaky Cauldron we stopped with the group,
and wanted to go inside for a warm bowl of pea soup ("Eat it before it eats you!")
Platform 9 and 3/4 in King's Cross Station,
was the pinnacle and our final destination.
A magical day it turned out to be,
a little closer to our friends, Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
The Money Pit benefitted from this tour as well,
it could use a little "REPARO"...our new favorite spell.
Fans of Potter we are proud and true,
we are off to find Horcruxes and Deathly Hallows too!

At the Market:

An amazing olive stand at Borourgh Market.
Highlight: Almond stuffed green olives!

As we headed into the market we passed the Southwark Cathedral - the oldest gothic cathedral in the city.

Shayne enjoying a Pimm's spritzer.
It's Pimm's O'Clock!

The cheese wedges broiling under the open flame. Moment of silence please!

No label necessary!

What a fun day!!!

Harry Potter Tour:

On the boat down the river Thames to see where Harry Potter flew beneath the bridges.

Shayne pretending to pull a muggle inside the garage from the set of HP7. Look out for this scene when you watch the movie!

Wizarding money: knuts, sickles, and galleons!

Charing Cross Road: The street in London that inspired Diagon Alley.

Cool film set outside of the Leaky Cauldron. Do you recognize the scene?

Platform 9 and 3/4!

"Can you find all these things in London?" asked Harry. "If yeh know where to go!" said Hagrid.

The REAL entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. Yes...we are holding wands.

Double decker HP7 bus...perfect ending.


  1. This has been my favorite blog so far,
    Only wish you could have driven in the flying car.
    So glad you saw Gringotts and 9 3/4 indeed,
    I sure hope you will take us back using quidditch speed.
    It looks to me that you did Potter right,
    Make sure you keep Nagini hidden completely out of sight!

  2. Hello Kristyn, I am glad you enjoyed,
    Before you arrive, Nagini will be destroyed!
    We will definitely fly you back to all of the Potter sights,
    and take you to Daniel's school where he signed the filming rights.
    For the tour you go on, the Singleton's will be your guide,
    but be prepared to wear Hogwart's cloaks with pride :)
    Can't wait till you arrive in London this June,
    we are counting the days, hoping it comes really soon!