Thursday, 28 January 2016

London Diaries - WB Harry Potter Studio Tour

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter
A week ago, on Thursday morning, my sister and I went down to London, and stayed until Sunday evening. We also met two friends there, who came over from Sweden. The four of us had a fantastic time exploring London, and the weekend just flew by! I've struggled with figuring out how to blog about the London trip, since I have way too many photos to fit into one post. I've decided I'll dedicate a post to each day, and I'm starting off with the most exciting day - Friday, when we went to the Warner Bros Studio Tour! I apologise for the overload of photos. I tried to narrow them down as much as possible, but there were just too many to begin with!

The tour is located just outside London, and you get there by taking the train to Leavesden and then a special Harry Potter bus from the station to the actual tour. We arrived after ten in the morning and stayed until after four in the afternoon, although honestly I could've stayed for longer! We're massive nerds, my sister and I, so we were both dressed in our uniforms (she's a Gryffindor and I'm a Ravenclaw). I don't think our friends were too embarrassed by us, thankfully!


Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Great Hall

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Great Hall

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Great Hall

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Great Hall
When entering the tour, you get to see a short film where Dan, Rupert and Emma tell you about the tour and what you're going to see. Then you enter the Great Hall, which was decorated for Christmas when we were there. It was impossible to get good photos because of the amount of people, but it was so magical in person. I loved being able to see the Christmas decorations as well. The week we were there was the last one of 'Hogwarts in the Snow', and I'm really glad we came before it finished! Sadly you were only allowed a short amount of time in the Great Hall before you were ushered into the next part of the tour.

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Gryffindor Common Room

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Gryffindor Boys Dormitory

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Gryffindor Common Room

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Potions Class

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - The Burrow

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Quidditch Robes

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Quidditch

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Ministry of Magic

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Dumbledore's Office

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express
The next bit was a large room full of different sets - like Gryffindor Boy's Dormitory, the Gryffindor common room, the Potions class room, the kitchen in the Burrow, Dumbledore's office, and lots more. There were also tons of props, from wigs and costumes to the horcruxes, books and Quidditch stuff. Basically, everything you might've seen in the movies! After that there was the Hogwarts Express. You were allowed to enter the train and walk through it, and every compartment was decorated like in each movie, which I found very clever! You were also allowed to take photos in separate compartments, so of course we had to take a couple of silly ones! And I couldn't resist buying a pretty memorabilia train ticket in the 9 3/4.

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - 4 Privet Drive

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
Next, we went into the café for lunch. I obviously had to try butterbeer (I made an exception from Veganuary), but I was sorely disappointed. It was way too sweet, and not anything like I had imagined when reading the books. But ah well! Right outside the café were a few outside sets, like the Knight Bus, 4 Privet Drive, the Potters' Cottage, the Hogwarts bridge, the Ford Anglia and Sirius' motorbike. Cue lots of silly photo posing....

After that we went inside the second part of the tour, which was more dedicated to the technical bits of filming. There were creepy masks and wax dolls, beautiful concept art, tons of very impressive sketches and paper models, as well as Diagon Alley and a model of the Hogwarts Castle. It might be silly, but the Hogwarts Castle made me really quite emotional. It was just so beautiful and surreal, and even more so because of the choice of background music.

Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Castle
Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Castle

The castle was the last bit of the tour, after which we went through an Ollivander's-esque room where every wand box had the name of those who had helped making the movies, and then into the shop! In my excitement I completely forgot to take any photos of the actual shop. There were tons of things that I wanted, but I was quite reasonable and only bought two chocolate frogs, a box of Bertie Bott's and a Head Girl pin.

The tour was everything that I had hoped for and more. It was simply magical. Already, I can't wait to go back again. What I've shown in this post is only a teeny tiny part of what you get to see. Even if you're not a Harry Potter-nerd, I highly recommend going as I'm sure most people would find the details of film-making very interesting!

Love, Mimmi.

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