My daughter longed to receive a letter from Hogwarts on her 11th birthday. She knew Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione lived only in her books, no matter how real the stories seemed when read under the covers of her bed. Still, she hoped in one tiny corner of her heart of hearts…
We could all use a little magic in our lives, a visit to a world where staircases move and chocolate frogs jump from the package. Personally, one of my favorite aspects of J. K. Rowling’s immersive fantasy was watching owls deliver letters in several of the films. How cool is that? To not only receive a letter sealed in wax, but to have an owl drop it in your hands.
So I was delighted to learn that muggle visitors to the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida can capture a little of that magic at the Owl Post in Hogsmeade. The shop is lined with postboxes and owls at the ready, and also sells letter-writing supplies that include seals and sealing wax for all four houses of Hogwarts.
While the Owl Post sells custom postage (at a surcharge), there’s another place that supplies magical stamps to muggles: the U.S. Post Office. You might consider buying a book of Harry Potter stamps in advance and bringing them with you to Hogsmeade. Even though they were issued a couple of years ago, the USPS continues to sell them online because they are Forever stamps.
Each of the 20 stamps features a different photo of one of the characters, but I think my favorite four are of the young friends when they — and we — experienced the magic of Hogwarts for the first time.