Pet Video of the Week: A kitten Harry Potter

Because I’m currently reading the latest Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I and II, and Halloween is fast approaching, I thought this video was fitting. I’ve never seen all eight movies done in seven minutes, but the kittens manage to do it.

I love the kitten who plays Harry Potter. The glasses look ridiculous on him. I love when he tries to eat the glasses and, at one point, he even falls asleep, but the story keeps going.

I’m sure this was exhausting, as well as confusing, for the kittens involved, but it will put a smile on your face.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Jennifer goes to Alnwick Castle, Stirling Castle, and Loch Lomond

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

While in Edinburgh, I was lucky enough to fit in Alnwick Castle, Stirling Castle, and Loch Lomond. Alnwick Castle is not in Scotland. It’s in England, but is so close to the border that it’s easier to visit from Edinburgh than London.

Alnwick Castle parklands

Alnwick Castle parklands

Alnwick Castle parklands

Alnwick Castle parklands

Alnwick Castle is beautiful and has been home to the Percy family for 700 years. If you’ve seen the first two Harry Potter movies, then you’ve seen this castle. Alnwick Castle is where the students of Hogwarts learned to fly on their brooms and where the Ford Anglia crashed. If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, then you saw the gorgeous State Rooms and parklands in the 2014 Christmas Special.

Treehouse at Alnwick Castle

Treehouse at Alnwick Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is most popularly know as the home of James V and Mary de Guise, the parents of Mary, Queen of Scots. In fact, it was James V who had the palace built on the Stirling Castle property. But its history dates back to 1110 during Alexander I’s reign. It is where William Wallace beat Edward I at Stirling Bridge in 1297, Robert the Bruce fought Edward II at Bannockburn in 1314, and Mary, Queen of Scots, was crowned at this castle in 1543.

View from Stirling Castle

View from Stirling Castle

Both castles offer plenty to see and do, even if you have children. There are dress up areas and Alnwick Castle provides broom lessons and a Knight’s Quest. I enjoyed the Downton Abbey exhibition that Alnwick Castle is currently offering.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

While I saw plenty of castles on this trip, I took time out to for hiking and went to Loch Lomond. It is the most beautiful lake I have ever seen. If you have the chance to visit Loch Lomond, I highly recommend it and make sure to stop in the cafe and get an ice cream. It was delicious.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Have you been to Scotland? What did you like about it?

Next week, I’m back in England for the last stop on my trip.

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Jennifer goes to Warner Bros. Studios and Chester

The Great Hall at Hogwarts

The Great Hall at Hogwarts

One of the highlights of my trip to the British Isles was my stop at Warner Bros. Studios where I did the studio tour and walked through two soundstages full of Harry Potter sets and props. As a Harry Potter fan, I enjoyed seeing the Great Hall and Diagon Alley. I also saw how they filmed the flying broom scenes, but I won’t give away any of the magic, and tried Butterbeer, which surprisingly is gluten-free. If you like a lot of sugar, then you’ll love Butterbeer. For me, it was cool to try, but not something I’d drink again.

Harry Potter's room at Hogwarts

Harry Potter’s room at Hogwarts

Dumbledore's Office

Dumbledore’s Office

Hogwarts

Hogwarts

The Harry Potter Tour was my last day in London. I took the British Rail to Chester the following day. Like Bath, Chester is a wonderful walking city. I only spent one day in Chester and it just happened to be on the day that they were having horse races, which, of course, I had to see.

St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist

Chester also is full of history. St. John the Baptist, which was Chester’s first cathedral, was destroyed by Henry VIII during the Reformation. Parts of it were later rebuilt by Queen Elizabeth I. Additionally, Chester has the oldest Roman Amphitheater in Great Britain and the city walls built by the Romans still remain. I saw a lot of the city just by walking the walls.

The Roman Amphitheater

The Roman Amphitheater

The River Dee

The River Dee

City Wall in Chester

City Wall in Chester

If you’ve done the Harry Potter Studio tour, what was your favorite part? If you haven’t done it, what would you like to see?

Next week, I head to Dublin.

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