Harry Potter Studio Tour
If you are a Harry Potter fan, the Harry Potter Studio Tour is, in my opinion, one of the best days out. I was blown away by the detail that had gone into creating these films. As a former drama and theatre studies student, I really appreciated spending time looking around the props, sets and costumes that formed the backdrops for these amazing films. Often it’s the little details that make the difference between a good film and a great film.
If you haven’t yet been to the Harry Potter Studio Tour, you should make it your 2016 resolution to go this year.
There’s so much to see. From whole sets of the headmaster, Dumbledore’s office to being able to sit in Hagrid’s magic motorbike. But it wasn’t just the big props and sets that I was amazed by, it was some of the smaller assets. The book of monsters, the mandrakes, the golden snitch. It was wonderful to get up close and personal with these objects. At every twist and turn there was something to look at.
In one area, you can stand out of the front of Privet Drive and then sit in the Weasley’s enchanted car. You can board the Knight bus (no I haven’t spelled that incorrectly, that’s what it’s called). You can see Lily and James Potter’s house in Godric's Hollow. They’ve since added the Hogwarts Express train.
One of the most impressive sets is Diagon Alley. The whole street is laid out in front of you. Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes and more. You can literally walk through as if you were part of the film and peer into the windows to see what wares are on offer.
As you come towards the end of the tour, there are a number of different sized replications of the castle. This culminates in a very large scale replication where some of the sweeping shots were filmed. Depending on the time of the year you go, it may be themed to the season.
So, go, explore, take photos, stop for a butterbeer as we did, marvel at all that’s on offer. I guarantee you’ll have a wonderful day out. You can choose to be part of the magic by paying for a photo to be taken against a green screen background (which will be overlaid) of you on a broomstick. We didn’t as there were already so many photo opportunities. You’ll come back with a camera full either way.
Tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour start at £35 for adults and £27 for children. You can get there by either driving or catching the train to Watford Junction. There is a Harry Potter liveried transfer bus from the train station right to the studio. That costs £2.50 for a return ticket. You can also buy lunch or afternoon tea inclusive packages.
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