Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light – Albus Dumbledore
I went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter last week (Wednesday 17th February) on my trip to Landan town and it was ‘bloody brilliant’ in the words of Ronald Weasley.
I had previously visited Leavesden Studios in October 2013 (click here to read the blog post) so I already knew what was in store for me, however I had not seen the Platform Nine and Three Quarters that had recently been installed into the tour. I was soooo excited even though my claim to fame is riding the actual train used in Harry Potter when it was still in use after filming.
We arrived there half an hour too early for our allotted time slot so we “avada kedavra-d” a few moments gandering the gift shop. That didn’t work. We killed a bit of time in the gift shop.
My biggest regret was not wearing my Slytherin scarf that I had previously bought from my last visit out of pure laziness that I’d have to carry it around with me… And that it didn’t go with my outfit the day before. £30 was a price that I was not willing to pay to replace it. I instead bought a Maurauder’s Map mug to cater for my tea addiction. The mug is legit bigger than my future prospects. And of course, my inner child could not resist buying Berty Bott’s Every Flavoured Beans…. They really do mean every flavour.
Flying on, it was finally time to get magical. As we’re British (and muggles), we love to queue so we waited for around 20 minutes with ticket holders with the same allotted time slot in which we were lead to a cinema room… we watched the entire Harry Potter series back to back. Totally joking, it was a short film featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson introducing the film sets which we were about to explore.
I’m not sure how to go about this blog post. I can’t explain anything better than what photos show. Without further ado, I present to you my home that never was…
Behind the doors of the Great Hall…
The Great Hall was so beautiful and so much smaller than I expected. The tables were laid with such intricately decorated cutlery. This is a sign that I’m ageing before my time…The slabs used for the walls and the floor were made to look so aged and realistic for an essentially old building. Impressive. Considering I’m a Slytherin (sorted by JK Rowling’s Pottermore), I couldn’t resist taking a snap of the overalls worn by Draco Malfoy.
The ice sculpture and the outfits used in the Yule Ball in the Goblet of Fire featuring Ron Weasley’s famous tux which is the epitome of fashion.
The famous sets. Dumbledore’s Office, Gryffindor’s Common Room, Hagrid’s Hut and the Leaky Cauldron Corridor. The corridor never ceases to amaze me. The photo on the bottom right is literally a corridor measuring metre or two long in length to create the effect that is almost never ending.
THE WIG THAT HELENA BONHAM CARTER WORE AS BELLATRIX LESTRANGE. THE ACTUAL WIG.
Ahhhhhhh. The Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley. I spent my entire childhood longing to board that train to Hogwarts and to go shopping in Diagon Alley. I’d rather visit Gringotts over Halifax Bank any day.
Boarding the Knight bus to the Leaky Cauldron.
Let’s just take a moment to let this photo sink in. This is a model. A model. Look how pretty it is! I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t have a tear in my eye when I saw this.
I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
I’M OFF TO LONDON TOMORROW FOR A DOUBLE SHOW DAY. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AND MISS SAIGON’S FINAL FLIGHT… I truly cannot contain my excitement.