True Beauty


Those of you who know me personally, know that I am a gigantic Harry Potter fan.

On our recent trip to the UK, we were in the midst of Harry Potter country. Not only were we in the area where the movies were filmed, we also got to visit the places where J.K. Rowling got her inspiration to write these wonderful tales.

We made sure to use every opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Harry Potter fandom in the UK.

We visited Kings Cross station, the Warner Brothers Studios, Tom Riddle's grave, the coffee shop where JK Rowling used to write her books (The Elephant Room), many of the castles that Hogwarts was modeled after and we even got to ride on the Hogwarts Express steam train! Needless to say, I was in my element.

At the Warner Bros Studio Tour we saw how the film makers used amazing special effects to make brooms fly, dragons come to life and magic real. In one of the rooms (Shown in the picture above) they have a massive replica of Hogwarts castle that they used to film wide shots of the school. 

It truly is beautiful.

However, the most amazing discovery that we made was that when they needed to fully capture the beauty of the scenery found in the films, they ventured into the deepest parts of Scotland and used the natural beauty of the mountains and lochs that are found there.

This realization reminded me that even with the advanced editing capabilities that we have at the moment to recreate beauty through special effects and fancy film making techniques, nothing can measure up and compare to the natural beauty that can be found in God's creation.

"Take a good look at God’s wonders,
they’ll take your breath away."
- Psalm 66:3 (The Message)

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