Katy Long - Harry Potter Fan
July 13, 2011 at 2:13 a.m.
Katy Long describes herself as a very dedicated fan of Harry Potter.
"I own all seven (books) and not only have I read them all, both of my parents have also read them all," she said.
The love of whimsical novelsm stretches across three generations. Long's son, Michael Amolsch, has also become a Potter follower.
Last Christmas, Michael and mom went to Hogsmeade Village at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla.
Long brought back a spot of magic to Victoria. She has a Honeydukes candy jar on her office desk. And the Elder Wand, one of her most prized possessions, sits in a place of honor in home.
During their imaginative excursion, the Potter fan duo experienced Hogwarts' cuisine.
Long tried the butterbeer, which she said tastes like butterscotch and it's extremely sweet.
They also bought Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans.
Long enjoyed the fruity-flavored beans, but she said she'll pass on other flavors.
"Although the vomit and ear wax are pretty bad, the earthworm flavor tasted like . I would say it tasted like meaty dirt," she said. Long added she actually shuddered when she tasted it.
Michael and Long saw the Hogwart's Express and Hogwart's Castle.
"I rode on the Flight of the Hippogriff," Long said in excitement.
She is looking forward to the last movie. To her, the characters are more than figments of the imagination.
"I've been so involved with the books and the movies for so long, Harry Potter is like a friend," said Long.
Although the 42-year-old Long, said she's a little removed from school, her son can relate to the school-aged characters on certain levels.
"It's similar, but it's completely different. There's that element of fun. They're able to do magic, which is so compelling," she said.