“Yer A Wizard, Nadine” — A Potential Future With Theme Parks?

In author interviews, I’m frequently asked, “If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you do?” This week, I finally figured it out. (Tweet this!)

Hubby and I celebrated an early anniversary by going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida.

harry-potter-comicMany of you know I’m an enormous Harry Potter fan. If I could meet anyone, it’d be J. K. Rowling. But almost as much as I love Harry Potter, I love love love “atmosphere.”

When I write, I play certain music, make a hot drink, place inspiring art around me, etc. When we do movie marathons, I deck out the whole basement. When reading Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter or Narnia to my younger siblings, I hang sheets, light candles, make special snacks . . . you get the picture.

Theme parks are right up my alley, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was atmosphere at its best, complete with a fire-breathing dragon, Hogwarts Express, self-stirring cauldrons, and delicious butterbeer.


Amidst all the drenching fun, I realized what I’d do if I was denied the future of pen-and-papering. Are you ready for this? Here goes . . . I’d be an atmospherist.

I would somehow find a way to be the interior designer of a Hobbit hotel, or organize the scene in a fairy-labyrinth-themed restaurant, or plan the details of a new theme park. Pinterest would be my new best friend. As dreamy or over-the-top that job description sounds, I’m sure there’s a need . . . somewhere . . . for me to fulfill.

I’ve also decided there needs to be a Lord of the Rings theme park. (Tweet this!) Maybe my future job? 😉

What is your favorite theme park?

If you could create a new theme park, what would it be based on? (Tweet this!)


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About Nadine Brandes

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by bumbershoot.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.
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  1. What does butter beer taste like? I’ve always pictured a butterscotch root beer type of drink.

    • That’s pretty much it! It was a carbonated butterscotch type of beverage and it was DELICIOUS. I didn’t think I’d like it because, for some reason, I always imagined butterbeer as a hot chocolaty type of drink. (Don’t know why.)

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