Every time I read about someone who is not a Harry Potter fan visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and wrote ‘this is for Harry Potter’s fans’ I feel UGH! Life is unfair. It should have been me there instead, obnoxiously shouting Expecto Patronum or Wingardium Leviosa every ten minutes.
Then, I went and committed a similar sinful act. I took a four hour bus ride from Auckland and visited the Hobbiton, even though I didn’t read the series nor watch the trilogy. Full disclaimer: I went to watch the first part, but fell asleep halfway through the movie. I’m sorry LOTR fans, I know how it feels, my blood boils whenever Hulk makes fun of Harry Potter. We are just a couple of dum-dums in our own way.
So Hobbiton. It was a rainy day and we were in a group tour. You can’t go there just by yourself and I wasn’t going to pay extra for a private tour that didn’t include any magic wand nor owl. Nevertheless, it was a great fun. We entered a huge grassland, the home of twelve thousand of sheep. It was quite a sight. The set was constructed in 1998 after the director found the Alexander Family farm in an aerial search looking for the ideal charming little village. The rolling countryside and the vegetation closely resembled that of the author’s description of Middle Earth and so the site was adapted to become Hobbiton (source).
When I was a little, one of the few cartoons available were Tom and Jerry. Although, the cartoon was extremely dull, I had to watch it many times when I hung out with other kids, also my Mama loved it. The only thing that fascinated me was Tom’s cozy little house. Young me wanted to live in a house just like that. When I peeked inside Frodo’s house, I kinda had the same feeling, it’s brightly painted and cozy looking. I super like.
My most favorite part of the place was the tavern, it felt authentic complete with a real fireplace facing a cozy sofa. Since I didn’t watch the trilogy, I couldn’t relate much, it only reminded me of the TV series Hercules (geez, I am old). I had apple cider and t’s the BEST one I have ever drank in my life. DELICIOUS! I wish I could have stayed longer inside the tavern and hung out with the “locals”.
The only part I didn’t like about the tour was the tour guide. She lacked of passion and rushed us every chance she got. It felt like a secondary school study tour. Gah, I hate it! Anyways, the Hobbiton is a must visit attraction when you visit New Zealand. Do fit it into your itinerary, go there and order that apple cider, you will thank me afterwards.
Are you a Lord of The Rings fan or Harry Potter geek? Have you been to either one of the places? Btw, what happened that that “precious..” elf? Did he die? If not, maybe he can replace Dobby, the house elf.