harry potter - warner bros. studio tour LondonSaturday, 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.
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.
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!
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.
So much detail went into these films. This section of the tour was my favourite part.
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!