Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Harry Potter Studio Tour

The Harry Potter Studio Tour is a window upon one of the most beloved book and film franchises there has ever been. It's essentially 2 sound stages and a backlot where you'll see many of the inside and outside exterior sets, allow at least 3 hours for the truly immersing experience .

Knight from Wizard Chess Harry Potter
Knight Chess Piece Prop ~ Wizard Chess Harry Potter


Planning is key , and if you go for one of the early slots which start at 9 Am you might want to stop the previous night in one of the local hotel s which are literally only about 10 minutes away. Around 6,000 people visit the Harry Potter Tour each day so the earlier you visit the better in my opinion, the hotel we stopped in was only about 10 minutes away so this made it ideal for the early start at Harry Potter which for us was a 9am start ( our slot was 9 - 9.30 ). While stopping at a hotel does add to the cost we booked ahead so we didn't feel the pinch at much with it being Christmas.

The tickets costs for Harry Potter Studio Tour are £39 for adults and £31 for children aged 5-15 , this price change is effective from January 1st 2017 . There are some saver days available at slightly reduced prices , details are on the website .

Make sure you leave any heavy coats in the cloakroom and if you've got children in your party do pick up the free passport that can be stamped as you go round , it makes for a lovely ( free souvenir )

The first part of the tour is well the queueing but you aren't queueing for long and there's plenty of memorabilia  to hold your interest including the cupboard under the stairs where Harry Potter slept .

The tour starts with the Great Hall and I've always loved this in the Harry Potter film, I promise you ~ you'll be blown away as you see the feast set out for Christmas along with flaming Christmas puddings . The Great Hall has a real stone floor which is Yorkshire Stone , long dining tables and the mannequins which may look a tad spooky but it all adds to the ambiance .

Harry Potter's Flaming Christmas Pudding
Harry Potter's Flaming Christmas Pudding 


The interior Sets

Here you'll see Hagrids Hut , Dumbledore's office , the Weasley's Kitchen ( which I had a kitchen like that ) and of course the Gryffindor Common room. I particularly like the Office of Dolores Umbrage it's like Katie Price overloaded with cats ( not that I'm a fan of pink , Katie Price but I really love cats and kitsch)



And with the Tour being set in the snow it's magical and makes for a wonderful family visit for the memories , for me Diagon Alley is a real highlight . It's hard not to think of the shop fronts as real , you just want to open a door and walk into to the magic.

Gryffindor Common Room Harry Potter
Gryffindor Common Room Harry Potter 



Dumbledores's Office Harry Potter
Dumbledore's Office 



Weasley's Kitchen Harry Potter
Weasley's Kitchen 
Below is a short Youtube video on the Goblet of Fire.



Hogwarts Express Warner Bros Studio Tour Harry Potter
Hogwarts Express

Platform 9 3/4 Harry Potter

Clock on platform 9 3/4 Harry Potter
Clock on Platform 9 3/4

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley on the Hogwarts Express ~ Harry Potter
Harry Potter and Ron Weasley on the Hogwarts Express ~ Harry Potter



Backlot

This is where you can buy the famous Butterbeer and grab a bite to eat , 

Now the Butterbeer is an acquired tasted , we all had some and I have to say I much preferred the Butterbeer from Universal which did go down a treat in the hot Florida climate . 

Harry Potter Butterbeer
ButterBeer




you're also welcome to eat your own food as well , there isn't a huge amount of seating available . Outside you'll see the Knight bus , Privet Drive and the cottage where Harry was born.

The Knight Bus Harry Potter
The Knight Bus ~Harry Potter 


 




 

Diagon Alley


Walking along Diagon is a real treat and it was one of my most favourite things about the Harry Potter Tour~

And with the Tour being set in the snow it's magical and makes for a wonderful family visit for the memories , for me Diagon Alley is a real highlight . It's hard not to think of the shop fronts as real , you just want to open a door and walk into to the magic.




 









Creature Workshop

Is where you'll find the creature that we're in Harry Potter like Fawkes ,Dobby , Hagrid . Having  never appreciated the amount of hard work and skill that goes into film making with all the props and equipment it literally blew my mind. I liked the fact that with the sets and things they didn't try to hide away the working bits from sight for the guests it was interesting to look at the level of detail and care that goes film making. for instance I think 17,000 wand boxes were made for Ollivanders wand shop.

 



 


Hogwarts Model Room

This is stunning , the artistic talent is outstanding ~ my models for projects for school never ever looked this amazing !


 


 

Every attraction worth its salt ends up in the gift shop and the gift shop at the Harry Potter Studio Tour doesn't disappoint ; the only thing it will disappoint will be your wallet . A wand will set you back around £28.95 and these wands are indeed a thing of beauty , very much a high quality souvenir . These wands are not a toy , there are toy wands available which of course will be cheaper . 

1 comment:

  1. I'd love to go, but need to wait until N is older and interested in the movies/books. He doesn't like mannequins so there's no point taking him now.

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