I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden in 2013. It was absolutely amazing. If you haven’t been yet, you need to go. I’ve never been anywhere more exciting and fascinating than the Warner Brothers Studios. If you haven’t been yet and you’re going at some point and you really don’t want any spoilers then please don’t read on. WARNING!
It’s the ACTUAL place where a lot of the Harry Potter films were made. The same sets. The same props. The same costumes (I had a photo taken by the costumes which Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter had worn). I WALKED ON THE SAME FLOOR AS THE HARRY POTTER CAST (And Prince William. And the Duchess of Cambridge. And Prince Harry. And Carrie Hope Fletcher). If that’s not magical then I don’t know what is.
Literally all around the studios were outfits that the cast wore throughout the films. Above is the costume that HELENA BONHAM CARTER wore as Bellatrix Lestrange and the Yule Ball outfits from the Goblet of Fire.
You never realise how much work actually goes into making films like Harry Potter. Did you know that all the books in Dumbledore’s office were actually British phonebooks like the yellow pages just decorated to look old and full of character? Did you know that they made 210,000 coins for Gringott’s bank in the Deathly Hallows?
As well as looking at the sets like the Gryffindor Common Room and the Potions classroom; you could actually experience the taste of Butterbeer. It was really nice but way too sickly for my taste. Somehow, despite how much of my Butterbeer I drank, it seemed to grow back again; literally. I think it was magic.
One of my favourite parts of the tour yesterday was Diagon Alley; it had the same magic as it does on the Harry Potter films. I mean, look how pretty it was….
I can’t finish this blog without showing you the most magical part of the tour; the Hogwarts model. Considering it was only a model, it was so big; you can see the scale of it by looking at the people behind it. It was beautiful.
PS. Be warned of the ‘Bertie Bott’s Every Flavoured Beans’, they really do have every flavour. I had a vomit flavoured one yesterday; yuck.
(This blog post was originally from my other blog which is now inactive but it was a great experience so I wanted to share it with you)