Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour


Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
I recently found myself scrolling through old albums on my laptop when I stumbled upon a collection of photos I took when I visited the Harry Potter Warner Brothers studio tour last year.  I always marvel at how many tourists travel from all around the world to pay a visit, and I literally only live 5 minutes away from the studios.  Obviously, this gave me an excuse to visit twice last year.  I enjoyed the second visit just as much as the first and I took one hell of a lot of photos each time, so I thought what better way to share them than in a blog post.  Albeit, a year late!
The first time I visited was with Alex and it turned out to be 'Animal Actors Week' so we were greeted by Fang (and a 'BABY FANG' *heart eye emoji*),  Hedwig, Crookshanks and many other amazing animals.  Admittedly, I probably spent a good 20 minutes watching said 'baby Fang' like the crazed puppy lady I am.

Even if you are not a fan of the Harry Potter films, I still think you would be sucked right in when walking around all of the sets.  The work that went into each film is so clear, from handwritten potion bottles and letters, to food wrappers and customised wand cases.

The actual tour is split up into 3 stages; the 1st and 3rd sections are indoors and the 2nd section is set outside. During the 1st section of the tour, after the introductory mini film/talk in the 'cinema room' and queue, you are welcomed into the Great Hall, where you can soak up the atmosphere and wander round as part of a group, looking at the various houses' clothing and costumes either side of the tables.  After this, you are able to wander off and explore the rest of the sets which include the boy's dormitory, Dumbledore's office, the Weasley's and Hagrid's Hut.  The outdoor section gives you the chance to try Butterbeer (*which Alex certainly wasn't a fan of), visit Privet Drive, James & Lily' Potter's house and a chance to see the Night Bus too.  My favourite feature outdoors was by far the set of chess statues.

In the final section, you are able to get a far better understanding of the special effects that went into all of the films, along with the makeup/costume design.  Inevitably the tour also saves a few of the best parts until last, including a trip through Diagon Alley, where you will wish you could walk into all of the shops for yourselves, and a walk around the model set of Hogwarts and its' surroundings.  If I worked at the studios, I don't think I would ever tire of watching people's expressions as they walk into the room and see the huge model in front of them for the first time.  The music is so peaceful too, it's almost too pretty and serene in there to leave.

And what would a studio trip be without an excuse to shop too?  The gift shop at the end is literally amazing.  I couldn't come away without buying a Chocolate Frog, a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans and a huge mug, with the quote 'I solemnly swear I am up to no good'.  I'm totally also regretting not buying a Slytherin scarf and moleskine whilst I was there.

Perhaps it's an excuse to go back for a 3rd time. Who's with me?
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  1. omg I am SO jealous! I've been to the Wizarding World in Orlando 4 times but never to the Leavesden studios - very silly! I'll have to book a trip soon <3

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    1. Ooh I would LOVE to go to the Orlando one, just need to brave the flight first! The Leavesden one feels so special the moment you arrive, I even want to go back for a third time! xx

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  2. I really want to go but I'm a bit scared of the massive spider! I know...I'm a wimp but I'm so scared of them! Thank god you didn't have a picture of it up!
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    1. Aha! I did take a picture actually but chose not to post it! Once you're past that bit, you would be fine :) xxx

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