I need today (well, yesterday to be accurate) to go down in my personal nerd history. Spent all day (yes, 9am to 6pm) in the Wizarding World. I went to Ollivander’s and ended up getting a quick, two-minute private wand selection after the main “show” was over as I’d hung back to take a quick photo of the empty wand shop. When I asked the wandkeeper permission to do so (because with Universal, they’ve become big on being anti-photography along with Disney), instead of saying yes or no, he asked my name and whether or not I was there for a wand. Rolling with it, I said I was and he asked me to step around to the desk. At this point, the place was empty save for myself, the wandkeeper and his assistant who was tucked away in a corner, blending in the with darkness He asked me what house I was in, what my favorite subject was at Hogwarts, my age, and when I was born (from what I understand, they’re supposed to match the wands to a corresponding period of dates) before handing me a wand. It was a one-wand selection with which I was asked to “cast” a spell that would initiate a thunderstorm (usually a “blooper” in the main show) and when it “worked,” he proclaimed that it was excellent for transfiguration and that it would take me far. He then turned me over to the assistant who escorted me into the Owl Post (aka, the “exit” of Ollivander’s). I didn’t have the heart to tell them no after being privately chosen, so I asked them to hold it and there would be a 90% chance I would be back with my mother to pay for it. Out and out lie - she was at Disney. But it would have been so rude to tell them, “he gave me a private selection but no, no wand.” Odds are they shelved it later on and are none the wiser.
I’ve been selected for the main “show” twice before and even if I know it’s fake, even if I know it’s nerdy, it gets me every time. But this time? Alone with just the keeper and his assistant I didn’t notice until the end? Well… that just made me feel like I was young Harry getting his first wand. I’m not afraid to admit it, not at all.