I will let you into a little secret of mine… I am a huge Harry Potter fan geek. After humming the theme tune to myself for the entire bank holiday weekend, Tuesday came along and we made our way over to Warner Brothers Leavesden for the Harry Potter studio tour.
The great hall started the tour, it included costumes for the teachers. Props for the Yule BallProps for potions classThe Dumbledore office setDolores Umbridge office set and costumesShop front on Diagon AlleyGryffindor boys dormitory and common room setThe Weasley’s family home (The Burrow set) the leaky cauldron set Exterior for the Privet Drive set and the set for Harrys room under the stairs Outside of the spooky Potter cottageMe posing with the three story Knight BusMinistry of Magic muggle statueMasks used for the films including the Goblin mask. There was also life sized models of the actors and a little dobby model the actors used to work withThe end of the tour featured the Hogwarts model, which was actually quite large.
Did you spot the cinemagraphs? They are not brilliant, you really do need a tripod to get the steady filming. When I spotted the moving objects I really wanted wanted to at least try and get a few moving photo’s for you.
This is probably the largest post I have published and I have not even shown you a quarter of what was on display. We was informed to allow 3 hours for your visit, but I could of spent a lot longer there. We didn’t stop to look at anything too long as the 2 year old was getting quite restless. I would love to go back again at some point and look at the sets and props in more detail.
The Harry Potter Studio Tour is an absolute must for Harry Potter fans and if you are just a movie buff this would also be fascinating experience. The detail that went into making the films is incredible, from the sets to the props to the costumes. I didn’t realise how much was physically made rather than just a green screen and special effects. The highlight for me was walking into the Great hall and strolling down Diagon Alley.
One criticism I do have is that there was far too many people at the experience. This is a moan I have about most things, it was also my criticism of Lapland UK. It does kind of put a downer on things when you are being pushed from side to side when you want to take a look at something. Also it would have been nice to have a photo in the great hall without a crowd of people. I would have paid double the price for half of a crowd.