We boarded the train in York and arrived at King’s Cross on July 7, briefly stopping at Platform 9 3/4 before depositing our bags at the AirBnB in London. Then, I met my distant German relative, Andreas, and his girlfriend to tour the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studio, and it was amazing. I think this excursion was supposed to be for the children, but I was looking forward to it as much as anyone in the family, if not more. I read all the books (that were out…






The 8-year-old started reading the “Harry Potter” books a few months ago; she’s finishing the last installment in the 30-45 minutes of extra awake time we give her after bath time.  Naturally, she wanted to dress like Hermione for Halloween this year.  So, we let her.  But what about the rest of us? Her two younger siblings were not all that excited about dressing like characters from a book and movie they knew nothing about. “There’s a cat in the book.” “A cat?” “Yes!  Hermione has a cat…