book of me and you // the maine
pew pew muggle studies writing for thboi
(the things included in the set are pizza, kettlecorn, the maine, urban outfitters, and an airplane.)
Over the summer holidays last year, my dad took Jamie (my twin brother) and I on the most fantastic trip of our lives. It was two adventures, because we had to fit in as Muggles and also navigate our way through a brand new country. We went to the United States of America and spent two months going to some of the most famous places there. We visited New York City, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Washington DC, most notably.
Firstly, we had to go on an airplane to get to New York. This airplane terrified me more than anything I’ve ever seen. I know that Muggles are clever, but they put us in the air without any magic, and I was a little bit worried, though Dad reassured me that if the plane started to go down, then he would use magic. It was so surreal, being that high up. I’ve never flown that high, even in Quidditch.
First, we visited New York City. Dad wanted to go to some of the more cultural things, like art museums and stuff, so Jamie and I were allowed to roam the city together. We visited the hugest toy shop I’ve ever seen, Toys R Us, and rode the ferris wheel INSIDE THE STORE. It was so strange, but so awesome. American Muggles are so different than Muggles back home. I had my first slice of pizza, and it was incredible. I made Jamie come to the library with me so we could look for pizza recipes on their computers. Speaking of computers, this was the first time I’d used the internet. What a wealth of knowledge, shame it wouldn’t work on Hogwarts grounds. Anyway, we also went to a music store and listened to a CD from this band, The Maine. We also did all the normal tourist stuff, like walk around Times Square, go see the Statue of Liberty, see the city from the top of the Empire State Building, all that jazz. I also dragged Jamie along to the cutest Muggle shop (ok, it's actually a chain store) called Urban Outfitters. I spent quite a bit of money there, on tops and dresses and makeup and shoes... Good thing that Muggle money is worth less than Wizarding money, so there were more dollars for every Galleon. Go exchange rate! We stayed in a little apartment for the two weeks we were there, and then got on another airplane to fly to Orlando.
Orlando was probably the best part of the trip. We stayed in a condo while we were there, and took a ton of day trips to the ocean and went to Disney World, which was really incredible. But far and away the best part of our whole trip was going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. It was both incredibly interesting and absolutely hilarious. It’s strange to see how Muggles perceive us, although it was rather accurate. The most interesting thing was seeing how Hogwarts was replicated, and going into Honeydukes to try the Muggle versions of our favorite candies. It was a satisfying sort of sorrow, seeing all these Muggles strive to live the life that I do, knowing that they’ll never know just how it is. Knowing that I’ll never know how it is to be a Muggle. No matter how hard we try to blend our worlds, it just won’t happen.
Los Angeles was remarkably sunny and beautiful, and Washington DC felt so historical and important. Los Angeles was where I had my first kettle corn, and it was really tasty. I had to look up recipes for that, too. Sadly it’s not as easy to make as pizza, but not too bad. Washington was frightening, Jamie disappeared and I couldn’t find him anywhere while we were by the Washington Monument. Eventually I found him; he’d wandered away to a little food stand and bought a huge lime shaved ice. We also visited the Holocaust museum, which was a very moving experience.
All in all, it was really cool to learn more about America and Muggles at the same time. Maybe sometime we can go back, I’d love that.