Anyone out there a big Harry Potter fan? I vividly recall attending the Barnes and Noble midnight book release parties where I united with fellow Potterheads. Yes, I just said Potterhead. I’m not alone in my nerdiness. Even the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge were eager to help launch the opening of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London.
Even if you are not a fan of the books or movies, you will be fascinated to stand in the spot where the movies were filmed for nearly ten years. After spending nearly five hours marvelling over the sets and relics, I have an increased appreciation for the art of filmmaking. It is recommended that you have at least 2.5 hours to spend. I was there for double the time and could have stayed longer.
For visitors living outside of the UK, I highly recommend avoiding packaged tours from third parties. It is cheaper to get there yourself….and super easy too. The train from central London to Watford Station takes roughly 45 minutes, and from there, you can take a Harry Potter Bus directly to your final destination. This takes approximately 15 minutes, and you cannot miss the bus, I promise.
The first piece of the Harry Potter films you will cast your eyes upon is Harry’s “bedroom” at the Dursley house.
From there, you will go on to see the dining hall, Diagon Alley, the Dursley home, the common rooms…you name it!
For those of you fascinated by fashion in films, you also get to see many of the original pieces. I love seeing the details in the uniforms up close and personal. The beauty of the sets lies in the small details embedded in each set. From the trinkets in Dumbledore’s office to the paintings plastered on the walls of the Gryffindor common area, be prepared to be amazed.
Did you know that I was actually in the films. Don’t believe me ? Take a look!
Ok, I’m totally kidding, but I highly recommending capitalizing on the opportunity to shoot your own flying scene. It’s a great way to step into the shoes of the actors, and it’s always fun to be ridiculous.
My favorite moment had to be entering Platform 9 ¾ to board the real Hogwarts train used in the films. It’s definitely a must see!
This experience is greatly different from the Universal Studios feature, as this walks you through how the films were made. You can appreciate the magnanimity of the sets and even the models used in the films. This was an absolutely incredible experience, and I HIGHLY recommend you experience it for yourselves. You can purchase your tickets here, https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk.