If you know me then you will know that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I absolutely love those rainy days when you can stay inside, curled up in bed, and have a Harry Potter movie marathon or tucked up with one of the books. I live for those weekends, coming to think of it a lot of my weekends have been spent like this.
On Saturday February 17 I went to the Warner Bros ‘Making of Harry Potter’ studio tour in London with one of my friends to celebrate our (late) birthdays. As Harry Potter Studios is a VERY popular tourist attraction you need to book the tickets way far in advance as you possibly can. The sell out very fast so, book early to get a time slot and day you are happy with. I booked these tickets at the end of October for the next available Saturday at an early time which was February 17. I think it’s best to book a tour as early in the day as possible, so you can make the day out of it and spend as long as you want in there. The tour is self-guided and people take up to 2 ½ hours in there. I think we took almost 6 hours in there. An adult standard ticket is £41.00 and a child standard is £33.00. YES! they are worth the money.
I also booked our train tickets in advance and managed to get our train ticket for the two of us for £24.90 return from Birmingham New Street Station to Watford junction. That was on Virgin Train return and it only took 1 hour and 9 minutes to get there. If you do travel by train and get off at Watford Junction a Harry Potter Studio tour shuttle bus will take you from the train station to the studios for just £2.50 return.
Okay guys, for a HUGE Harry Potter fan I don’t think there is any place on this earth more amazing and magical than the Warner Bros ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ Studio tour which brings us through the filming behind the whole 8 movies. From sets including the great hall, the forbidden forest, platform 9 ¾, Diagon alley, Dumbledore’s office, to props, costumes and learning about how the special and visual effects teams made Harry Potter and his friends fly. Oh, and I can’t forget the best gift shop in the world and you even get to taste butterbeer (which tastes interesting). And yes, I cried when the tour came to an end. I will be defiantly going again. It was such a perfect and magical day.
Without further ado, here are some photos from my tour..
Outside of the ‘Making of Harry Potter’ Studios
Where its all began “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number 4 privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
The cupboard under the stairs.. The Boy Who Lived.
Still waiting for my Hogwarts Letter
The robe was too expensive so we got dressed and took photos instead
The great hall
‘Potions class’ with Snape
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Gryffindor common room
“RONALD WEASLEY! HOW DARE YOU STEAL THAT CAR! I AM ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED! YOUR FATHER’S NOW FACING AN INQUIRY AT WORK AND IT’S ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT! IF YOU PUT ANOTHER TOE OUT OF LINE WE’LL BRING YOU STRAIGHT HOME!”
The Knight Bus
Saima at Diagon Alley
Obviously had to take a flying lesson whilst I was there
Platform 9 3/4
The train leaves Platform 9¾ without fail on 1 September at 11 o’clock in the morning.
“Tell me one last thing,” said Harry. “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?”
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
“The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – J.k. Rowling