Harry Potter, you entered my life when my mum bought me Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for Christmas when I was 11. Not at all excited about this book my mum spoke to my teacher who said it was part of a series. Of course, mum went out and bought me Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The obsession had begun.
Fast forward 20 years and I have read, re read (again and again) all of the Harry Potter books. There were a few stages in my teens when I was banned from reading Harry Potter (“find something else to read” my mum would say!). I have done a Harry Potter marathon, more than four times – long haul flights are not complete unless they have all 8 movies – and cried countless times as my favourite characters have been killed off.
It is safe to say that Harry Potter shaped my teen years and as an adult I still find the story so enchanting and secretly, I am hoping my acceptance letter will appear in my letter box. Yes, I would go back to school for another 6 years if I was attending Hogwarts.
For many of us, we grew up alongside Harry and his friends like they were our friends. He has been the longest lasting and most consistent character of our time.
- 1 Let’s step inside the magical world of Harry Potter
- 2 Tips to help you plan your trip
- 3 Souvenirs
- 4 Shop the Harry Potter Essentials
- 5 Check out some of the tours available…..
- 6 Save for later…..
I am sure there are many of your out there who can relate with this
So, the Harry Potter Studio in London! The night before Christmas feeling is the only way to explain the amount of excitement I felt going to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.
“The Making of Harry Potter” tour features props, costumes, models and complete movie sets from the filming of all eight Harry Potter movies.
From the moment you arrive at Leavesden it is like you have arrived on Platform 9 and 3/4. Where ever you look, you are surrounded by the Harry Potter world. You begin your tour with the Cupboard Under the Stairs, walk through the Great Hall and finish with the most amazing Model of Hogwarts. I never thought a movie set could make me feel so emotional.
For two or three hours the outside world doesn’t exist, you are now part of the complete Harry Potter fantasy. You can peer into the home of the Dursleys, you can look inside your self of the Mirror of Erised, say “Up” and take command of your broom stick. You can even treat yourself to a sweet and creamy tankard of butterbeer! It truly is a dream come true.
Let’s step inside the magical world of Harry Potter
This is where the “spoilers” of the magic begins, who knew it wasn’t really an enchanted ceiling?! Did you?
Tips to help you plan your trip
Book in Advance!
You need to purchase you tickets online in advance as you need to book a specific time and available date. They only allow a certain number of visitors during each time slot, so not all dates and times are available. People are often turned away at the door if they turn up without a ticket!!
Adult (Ages 16 years and above) £31 Child (Ages 5 to 15 years) £23.50
There are also group tickets available for families
Warner Bros has Journey Tool to help you plan your trip via rail, car or shuttle bus
We used our Oyster Cards to take overground rail to get to Watford where a Warner Bros. Studio shuttle is waiting for you and costs £2 per person for a return trip.
No Food Inside
Before beginning the tour you can visit the cafe or Starbucks which are located just inside the main entrance.
Food cannot be eaten inside the studios, however, halfway through the tour you can take a break and you are more than welcome to eat your own food in the back lot. If you have not bought your own food you can purchase food, amazing Butterbeer (about £3 including a keepsake tankard). Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are also for sale.
That being said, you can still bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the backlot of the studios (about halfway through the tour). Here, you can also purchase a delicious butterbeer (about £3) and, for adults, there is also beer and wine available.
Be prepared. The gift shop is every Harry Potter’s dream come true and you can purchase almost anything you have dreamed of. However, it is quite expensive so if you are travelling with children I suggest you set a budget!!
Shop the Harry Potter Essentials
Check out some of the tours available…..
Save for later…..
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