I am *almost* ashamed to admit that one thing I was MOST excited about seeing in London is was the Harry Potter Studio Tour. I am a bit of a Harry Potter fanatic. I waited in line at midnight multiple times to get my hands on the newest book when it came out, or at the theater to see the movies. I feel a bit like I grew up with Harry Potter, and seeing the studio has been one of the biggest highlights of our time in Germany.
When you arrive at the studio, the first thing you do is watch a short film about the sensation that is Harry Potter, and then you step through the doors of Hogwarts (the real doors!) and into the Great Hall. I am really going to show my nerd status here, because I was seriously overcome with so much excitement that I was standing right there, that I could have cried.
I am proud to tell you that I didn’t and instead, I started snapping a million pictures. I’ll admit, I haven’t had a chance to go through ALL of them yet, and some of the best I have set aside for Wordless Wednesday in the weeks to come- so, Um, more Harry Potter is in our future!
From the Great Hall, you move on to the first large room in the tour, which is filled with beautiful sets and items from the movies. It’s all there. Everything from the wands, to the snitch, the Tri-Wizard cup, and so, so much more.
All of the sets were so beautifully done, you could have just moved in and called it home. I can’t believe the insane amount of money and resources that were put into these movies. I am so glad they preserved many of these sets to allow people to visit, so they didn’t go to waste.
The very best part of the tour is being able to take your time to look into every nook and cranny of the rooms. For example, the paintings and details in Dumbledore’s office blew me away. The Potions classroom has so many bottles and vials to enjoy. It’s all just amazing.
You have to go. Just find a way to make it to London, and go!
If you go to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour: and are coming from London, allow an hour and a half to get there. There is a fast train that will get you there in 30 minutes, but if you aren’t careful (like I wasn’t) you will probably get stuck on the slower train, and that one will take an hour. You have to book your tour time in advance, and in the peak travel months, it’s known to sell out, and you do not want to miss your appointment window! It is very stroller friendly. When you get into the tour, you get as much time as you want to explore the areas, so don’t feel rushed. Do allow at least 4 hours, if not more to enjoy it. The one catch is once you leave an area, you can’t go backwards. There are three main areas, the first has most of the indoor sets, and you should really spend most of your time there. The middle has only the knight bus, and 4 Privet Drive, and the last area has the behind the scenes details, the monsters and other magical creatures, Diagon alley, and the Hogwarts castle. So really, spend most of your time in the first room. Oh, and drink the Butter Beer- it’s very good!