Recently I had the adventure of strolling through Orlando Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Not that I expected to see a ukulele anywhere. I didn’t. But what struck me was how few musical instruments there really are in the world of Harry Potter. Yet the musical scores for the movies provide so much of the tone and enjoyment of the movies.
And, I do believe there is magic in music.
Off the top of my head, I remember the harp puts Fluffy to sleep in the second book/movie. If you play “LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4” on the Wii, you’ll notice a Lego busker in Diagon Alley strumming a miniature stringed instrument — ukulele? tiny guitar? a terz?
Googling Musical instruments in Harry Potter brings you to the Harry Potter Wikia. There is a cool picture of what looks to be like a branch flute, and an outline of when the harp is used. Reference is made to Dominic Maestro’s music shop in Hogsmeade. While at the Wizarding World in Orlando, I did have the pleasure of viewing the music shop. I strained my eyes to see through the windows of the shop, but my efforts did not reward me with a ukulele sighting.
It’s worth going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando if you are a Harry Potter fan. Several people have mentioned that they may go there over the break and holiday season. But if you go, don’t expect to see or hear any ukuleles.