Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour

In a previous post I mentioned that I visited the Harry Potter studios in Leavesden, very close to Watford. I must admit I think it is really cool that this is so close given that it is such a magical place! I am a big Harry Potter fan, although not as knowledgeable or dedicated as my sister who is a true HP whiz.

I remember getting the first book for Christmas when I was seven years old and thinking "Hmmm I think I'll give that one a miss" because it was about wizards and I was more into reality based novels by Jacqueline Wilson and the like. Fortunately, I did eventually read it and well it was a good job I did because it is obviously fantastic! I really believe that as it follows such universal and positive themes such as friendship and virtue, that it will remain contemporary in years to come. Hopefully one day I can read it to my children's children or something!

My favourite character is Luna Lovegood and dressing up as her for a friend's Harry Potter themed birthday party last year was really good fun. I like Luna's alternative perspective and insight. Oh and she is in Ravenclaw, which the Sorting Hat on the Pottermore website correctly placed me in. Best house!

When you arrive at the studios, there is a bit of queue but there are little things to look such as the Cupboard under the Stairs. At the end of the queue groups are shown a short video about what to expect and then the magic really begins! I won't give away too much about the tour because I don't want to spoil it for anybody who hasn't visited yet but the beginning and end are very impressive. There are three sections - two indoors and one outdoors. The outdoor area has stalls to buy food and drink - most importantly Butterbeer! - whilst wandering outside Privet Drive and hopping on the Knight Bus and the Weasleys' car. Indoors there were thousands of props and costumes, all of which were the original ones used in the films and worn by the actors themselves. The level of detail involved is really unbelievable.

My favourite part was Diagon Alley because one of my favourite scenes in the first book is when Hagrid take Harry there to buy his school supplies before starting at Hogwarts. It almost felt like I had just popped out to buy an owl and a copy of the Quibbler.

If you are able to visit and are a HP fan, I really couldn't recommend this more. We all left feeling anxious to watch one of the movies as soon as possible and think that we will appreciate them more now that we have seen the effort that has gone into producing such a successful series of films. I think all too often the casts of movies are given most of the credit, and of course they are worthy of praise for delivering the brilliant concepts to the audience, but it is the backstage people who really make the films and the Harry Potter experience the amazing masterpieces that they are.

Here are some photos from the tour. Do let me know if you have visited and what you liked most :)































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10 comments:

  1. OOhhhhhh my golly gosh!! I went there a few months ago, it was so amazing that my heart actually sunk when it was time to leave! my fave part was the huge model of hogwarts at the end, so magical. And the butter beer was awesome too! xx

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    1. Hey bhavi, I know I felt exactly the same when I saw that we were getting towards the end! The castle at the end was magnificent wasn't it?! I liked the Butterbeer too :) if only they sold it everywhere... X

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  2. i'm not a huge fan of hp, but i still want to go here! in my head butter beer would taste like melted fudge (if you get what i mean) but i bet it doesn't and i'd just be disappointed! x

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    1. Ooh I know what you mean about imagining what something tastes like but then it not living up to your expectations. Kind of like when you read a book and imagine the characters a certain way and then they're not like that in real life (luckily HP was spot on!) it tasted yummy though! Very creamy and sweet x

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  3. Great post! My favourite part of the tour (apart from the AMAZING moment that you first see the Hogwarts model) was the outdoor area with the houses & bus :)

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    1. Thank you :) I liked that bit too - Privet Drive was great!

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  4. I really want to visit! I'm a big fan of the books but not so much the films - I enjoyed them but I think I'd imagined things slightly differently!

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    1. I know what you mean! The books were really something special and the films were great too but in a different way :) definitely recommend you visit though if you're a fan xx

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  5. Beautiful photos!
    Love this post!
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    1. Thanks very much :) are you a Harry potter fan?

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