Once we entered into the studio, we began our tour. If you don’t know what this place is, then here’s the summary. The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Brothers Studio Tour is basically an opportunity to learn all about how they made the Harry Potter movies and also see the various elements of the movie sets such as costumes, how they made sets, etc. There are opportunities to go through and take photos, learn all about Harry Potter and even some photo opportunities to ride a broom through London.
We started out our tour in the Great Hall which was decorated for the holidays which was absolutely amazing. My inner child was definitely just so very happy and I am 100% sure I didn’t stop smiling. From the Great Hall we made our way into the actual studio where we got to see the history of the costumes, the bedroom sets from the boys dorms, all the way to learning about the animals that were in the movies. We were able to walk through the forest, see the mockups of Hogwarts and even check out number 4 Privet Drive. They’ve left quite a bit of the set in tact which is amazing. You have an opportunity to stop for food and get some butter beer before you make your way over to the actual costuming area that shows how they created the creatures and characters in Harry Potter including Dobby.
You’ll find interactive areas such pretending you are Dobby and seeing how you can control his movements on a screen. At the end, you can see a few mockups of Hogwarts and how it came to be the giant school that you see in the movies. Along with that, you get a chance to check out the wands and you really get to immerse yourself in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
I have to admit that I spent the entire time being super excited about what I was seeing and I’m not entirely sure I was able to take it all in but I loved every minute of it. I honestly feel like it was the best way for me fulfill my love of Harry Potter.
When we were done with the tour, we made our way back to the bus and took the two hour journey back to London.
As you might remember, when we were in Paris, we had found that the Makingof Harry Potter outside of London had extra tickets for Friday night. So we decided to buy tickets and go Friday after work before we left for home on Saturday. We completed our work day at the Shoreditch office, and then made our way back to the hotel to drop off our stuff then grab the Underground to the Overground to the train station to grab the bus. It ended up being about a two hour journey to get all the way out to the Warner Brothers Studio where the movie had been filmed but it ended up being totally worth it.
If you buy a ticket for the Making of Harry Potter, you need to be prepared for the trek all the way out there. It is listed as the London location but it’s definitely not in London and it is definitely a trek. As soon as you get out of the train station, you’ll need to go outside to get on the bus out to the studio. It’s a pretty great tour bus though because they give you all the details when you’re driving the 15-20 minutes out to the studios so you know exactly what to expect and where to go when you’re done with the tour itself.
After we finally arrived at the Making of Harry Potter, we ran into the studio as quickly as possible to get our tickets scanned so that we could start our tour.
I have to admit, the instant we jumped off that tour bus, I felt like I was 12 years old again and could not wait to see the entire set that was available. We ran through the line to get to the front as quickly as possible laughing because we were so excited. I may or may not have yelled “is Harry Potter real!?” at my friend only to have her respond “OF COURSE!” I’m pretty sure we made a fool of ourselves in front of all the other people who were there, but no part of me is embarrassed of it because I was way too excited to be there.