Yesterday was my birthday however that’s going to be a separate story next week. This week is all about the wonderful and magical Harry Potter Studio Tour! I was going to talk about my whole weekend but I just want to share as much of the wizarding world as possible with you so the good news is there will technically be two posts all about my birthday…
I’ve been dreaming about the visiting the studios for so long and last week I managed to live the dream and walk inside the doors of the Great Hall and experience all the magic. Honestly, it was brilliant and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
Firstly, if you don’t want the tour spoiled for you. I would close your tab and come back next week. Sorry.
Let me walk you through the tour…
The first part of the tour is, obviously, the Great Hall of Hogwarts. It’s like a replica of the films. You are shown where they are actually filmed, costumes, props and the oak tables that they aged with axes and chains to make them look more realistic. It was so impressive. I was lucky enough to open the doors to the Great Hall as I was celebrating my birthday. As you leave the hall, you enter a massive area with the rest of the sets. This is where you really get shown behind the scenes of the films.
Without revealing to much, this is where you see the most iconic sets such as Dumblerdore’s Study, the Potions Classroom, the Gryffindor Common Room, the Forbidden Forest, the Ministry of Magic, Dolores Umbridge Office – there is just so much to take in with secrets about how the filmed different parts of the film. There’s guides who are so informative and enthusiastic that they are willing to answer any questions that you want the answers too. You can’t touch the sets however you can still get up close and personal with all of them.
This is probably the main part of the tour so if I was you take your time and enjoy every second of what you see because there really is so much to learn. You can also discover the magic behind Quidditch, ride on a broomstick for yourself using the green screen with plenty of photo opportunities and even have a lesson using a wand.
Next up is Platform 9 and 3/4 where you get a chance to go on the train itself to see all the props, take photos with luggage trolleys as if your going onto the platform and go on a train journey yourself. There’s also a shop which I highly recommend you looking and treating yourself to something because there’s some exclusive items which you can’t get in the usual gift shop.
You then enter the outside area where you can stop for a drink, a snack, wander around the sets and props as well as have a taste of Butterbear – it tasted so good! If you have a sweet tooth like me then you will probably love it just as much as I did. You can step onto the Hogwarts Bridge, take a look inside Privett Drive, jump into Hagrid’s motorbike and sidecar or the Weasley’s car and take photos on the Knight Bus. I loved going into the house the most as it’s where Harry Potter essentially started from.
The next part of the tour is all about the creatures. You can learn the secrets of Dobby and all the details of the many creatures in all of the films. The detail is extraordinary. I was so amazed that I didn’t take many photos. You then reach Diagon Alley which I never knew was filmed indoors… Gringotts Bank is at the end whilst the Weasley’s Joke Shop is at the other.
You turn the corner to see a glass cabinet full of models of the different buildings and sets in Harry Potter and stunning pieces of artwork. Then you turn the corner to see this…
The actual 1:24 ratio model of Hogwarts!! It was used in the movies for various different shots but I am telling you it’s phenomenal. I cried because it was so emotional. I just loved walking around and seeing all the detail. You can take photos at various different angles and see how detailed it really is. It really was something that was out of my dreams.
Finally, you walk into a room full of wand boxes that have all the names of everyone who has ever worked on the films with the actors and characters in the films.
Overall, I think going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour was definitely worth waiting for and I can’t wait to head back for the Christmas season. I found the whole experience breathtaking and full on amazing. If you haven’t been then I highly recommend you need to book a visit as soon as you can and for those of you who have then let me know when your free so I can come with you.
Have you ever been to the Harry Potter Studio Tour? What’s your thoughts?
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