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Friday, April 12, 2013

Royal Enfield's wizard ride with Harry Potter

Here's a bit of Royal Enfield magic on display in London.
(Lizbt Action Photo)
Royal Enfield motorcycles may someday be the first choice of a particular group of young riders just becoming old enough and wealthy enough to afford a motorcycle. These would be the youngsters who will never outgrow their childhood fascination with Harry Potter.

A magical Royal Enfield and sidecar figures in two of the movies made from the series of books about Harry Potter, a young wizard growing up in the "wizarding world" that parallels the "Muggle world" ordinary people like you and I live in.

In our world, a Royal Enfield motorcycle is often fitted with a sidecar. Riding one is fun. In Harry's world,  riding a Royal Enfield is thrilling.

The excitement isn't over just because the movies aren't in the theaters anymore. There's a whole industry devoted to keeping it alive. Harry's Royal Enfield and sidecar is on display at Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London.

Here in the U.S. there's "The Wizarding World of Harrry Potter" at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Fla. It's popular. Universal has announced a significant expansion for the attraction and there will be a similar attraction for its Universal Studios theme park in Hollywood, Calif.

Universal warns on its website that the popularity of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one reason you'll want to purchase a two-day pass to its many attractions in Orlando. The implication is that otherwise you won't experience it all — presumably you'll be spending some time waiting in lines.

A two-day pass will give you time to "dine on authentic British food" in the park's Three Broomsticks Tavern.

You can take a remarkable (and free) interactive tour of the theme park right from the comfort of your computer. Sorry, no authentic British food is served on the virtual tour.

Pictures I've been able to find on line don't show the motorcycle and sidecar on display at the Orlando Park. But we know that Watsonian Squire was building one for Florida and the attraction is being expanded, so I expect to see it there one day.

I'm way too old for Harry Potter and my children are grown. But for younger people, the Royal Enfield will be an iconic suggestion of what it must be like to be just like Harry — and an invitation to find out for themselves.

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