harry potter - warner bros. studio tour London

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Well good evening everyone, and apologies for this late posting today. I've been out fabric shopping on Goldhawk Road and coffee drinking. Rather relaxing and much less exciting than last Saturday when I went on the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio tour. I was so excited that I was literally bouncing off the walls. A big kid! Hubby was well amused.

I've been a fan of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books for a long time, and it still amazes me that anyone would have the imagination to dream up such a magical and detailed story. The movies themselves I've enjoyed over the years too - so the idea of being able to 'walk the Harry Potter walk' myself, and check out some of the sets, props and costumes used in the films was pretty thrilling.

Harry Potter Warner Bros. studio tour, entrance, Watford

Expectations were high as we headed through the entrance - but I was not let down. In fact the Harry Potter tour blew me away, and I would highly recommend checking it out, even if you're not a fan - as you learn a lot about the process of movie making in general.

Wax statue of Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford
wax statue of Albus Dumbledore

I could go on and on about all the amazing things we saw, but I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone intending on going, as half the fun was finding out what was up next. Instead I'm going to share my top 5 favourite things on the tour. The rest you'll have to check out yourself.

So without further ado here's my Harry Potter Warner Bros. studio tour top 5...

1.  The Great Hall, and the Owl Lecturn
We all know the Great Hall - it's famous for it's sorting hat scenes, food banquets and later on the very significant closing battle of Hogwarts. I personally have been a fan of the Owl Lecturn for a while - used by Dumbledore in many of his welcoming speeches to the students. In the movies the owl is animated. Very cool!

The Great Hall, and the Owl Lecturn - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford

2. The amazing sets you could see with your very own eyes
There were many. My favourite were Gryffindor Common Room and Umbridge's pink office, decorated with cats.

Gryffindor Common Room - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford
Gryffindor Common Room

Dolores Umbridge's office - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford
Dolores Umbridge's office

3. The print material made for the films
Can you imagine being a Graphic Designer or Typographer, who's job is to create the Harry Potter newspapers? The amount of print material that was made for all the films was quite astounding.

The Daily Prophet - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford

4. Walking down Diagon Alley
Past Ollivanders Wand shop and Weasley's Wizard Wheezes...

Diagon Alley - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford

Owl in Diagon Alley - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford

5.  Checking out some of the early pre-film sketches, plans and drawings
So much detail went into these films. This section of the tour was my favourite part.

Dobby - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford
early sketch of Dobby

The Harry Potter Warner Bros. studio tour is an easy 20 minute train journey from London Euston. Situated in Watford Junction from the station there's a shuttle bus that picks you up and takes you directly to the studio every 15 minutes. Easy.

And for those of you that get hungry while seeing cool sights - there is Butterbeer!

Butterbeer - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford

Hope you're having a fab weekend.

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  1. First of all, I would never want to leave this place! It looked so awesome @@ I want to go to there *imagining myself sipping Butterbeer*

    1. You could literally spend hours there if you wanted - I believe the record is 10 hours, as once you're in you are welcome to stay as long as you want. We stayed about 3 hours :)

  2. Ahhhh I love this place! Makes me want to go back.

    1. I know. Harry Potter is far to addictive!!

  3. This place is on my visit-hit-list! I'm a BIG CRAZY fan of Harry Potter series! Ahh Diagon Alley looks amazing!

    1. Awesome!!! Let me know your thoughts once you've been.

  4. It looks fabulous! I'm not a massive HP fan, but I really want to go - just for the magic!

    1. Make sure you do. I don't think you need to be a HP fan to appreciate the detail and creativity that went into the films. I would recommend to anyone who has a interest in film making :)

  5. This makes me want to go back and do it all again! :) x

  6. It's simply amazing, isn't it!