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“There comes a time when each of us must make a choice between what is right and what is easy.”
Dumbledore (Harry Potter’s headmaster)

When I wrote the post on J.K. Rowling yesterday I did not know that I would end up today at the Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. But these things happen.

And so not having read any of the Henry Potter books or seen any of the movies I was transported into a new world this afternoon in a breathtaking ride in the 15 story castle. Growing up in Florida I’m not sure there was a building that was 15 stories so that alone was interesting to see on the Central Florida skyline.

There has been talk that the Harry Potter and the Hidden Journey centerpiece which opened this year has helped revive a sagging tourist economy in Florida. Judging by the lines today they are doing okay. And certainly the $250 million that it cost to build over a five-year period provided a job or two for some construction workers in a down economy.

All the results of a story that one writer told. And here is the seed of an idea that turned into an estimated $15 billion empire;

“I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. I simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who did not know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.”
J.K. Rowlings
Biography on The official J.K. Rowlings website
May all of your travel delays result in such fruitful work.

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