Attention members of the “Harry Potter” fandom!
If you are planning to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday — and even if you aren’t — at the very least DVR the ads.
Universal Orlando has shelled out a reported $2.5-3 million to air a commercial for “The Wizarding Word of Harry Potter” theme park — scheduled to open this spring — during the big game. Daniel Radcliffe himself is featured in the 30-second spot.
I know these ads are targeted to the dads and moms and kids who will be watching the Colts take on the Saints, but I’m pretty darn psyched myself. In fact, one of my very first posts yammered on about the theme park’s announced opening.
The ad reportedly shows kids riding broomsticks with Harry and a rollercoaster in the background that looks like twin dueling dragons — hints at two of the more technologically advanced rides that visitors can expect.
The press announcement last fall already hinted at the recreation of the shoppes and streets of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts Castle itself. Too. Much. Fun.
We’ll just have to see if the commercial gives a better indication of the opening date. Lots of reasons to tune in on Sunday!
(I hear they are playing football, too.)
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I miss my dog.
I’ve been traveling for business since Saturday, and there’s a hole in my life when Rory’s not with me. He’s at home with my dogsitter Dru, probably having a good ol’ time, but his mamma is missing him.
And while we’ve been apart, I feel like there have been dogs everywhere I go, and stories about dogs all over the Internet and on the news.
Coincidence? I think not.
When I was walking through the French Quarter yesterday to grab lunch, I saw a couple walking their dog — some kind of pit bull mix — who they had dressed up for the New Orleans Saints game. The dog had on a sweater with a Saints flag suspended from it, and he was prancing along like he knew he looked good.
It made me miss my dog (although I would never put a flag on him unless he asked for one).
Then last night, when I was watching ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ — something I rarely do at home because Rory and I read before bed — David told the story of how he and his son Harry had found a stray chihuahua over the weekend and decided to adopt it. Now, David is a dog lover, but I don’t think chihuahuas are a favorite breed. Of course, after he begrudgingly told the story, they showed a photo of Harry with the dog — they looked awfully cute together.
It made me miss my dog more. He’s really cute, too.
Heck, I even read on the Internet that the Fido Awards — the doggie equivalent of the Oscars — are going to be announced in London at the end of November. Nominees include the animated canine stars of “Up” and “Bolt,” the real dog star of “Marley & Me,” and one non-dog entry — the fox voiced by George Clooney in the animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”
Now I really miss my dog…and wish I had gotten him into acting. (He could have beaten any of those pooches.)
Good thing I’m headed home today. Even I think I’m starting to sound weird.
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