Visiting the Warner Bros Studio Tour

By 10/13/2015 , , , , , , ,

I'm a huge fan of reading and I spent a lot of my early years with my nose stuck in a book; but one of the series that truly captured me and changed me was the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. I've read them more times than I can even begin to count and I've seen all the films to the point where I can recite them as I watch them. I have an abundance of merchandise and have dressed up to attend the midnight book launches. I can't put into words how special this international sensation is to me and I know a lot of people feel the same way as me.

A few months ago, my dad and his girlfriend told me that as an early birthday present, they had got tickets for me and Jack to visit the Warn Bros Studio Tour where they filmed all eight of the films...I was finally going to Hogwarts after all of these years.

Jack had never seen the films so we spent September and October watching them all and getting into the wizarding spirit; Jack wasn't a huge fan but he enjoyed them and the excitement built for our trip.

The night before our trip, my dad knocked on the door unexpectedly to tell update us on the plan for the morning and to tell me that a bird had been hanging around outside.... he presented me with my Hogwarts letter (after 11 years of waiting!). I cried several times that night because the excitement was too much!



We exited the train station to the sight of an amazingly decorated Harry Potter bus- I couldn't control my happiness as we boarded and the atmosphere was built even further when they played a welcome video telling us all about the studio. Even Jack, barely involved in the Harry Potter fandom was getting pumped!

The emotions I felt when I saw the studio at last were overwhelming. This was the home of my childhood and all of my favourite things under one roof; the actors and writers and the entire production tean were all once here and I couldn't believe that a fan like myself was able to visit and really experience the magic. It was something I never thought would happen.

The tour was amazing; I don't want to write too much as reading reviews over the past few years gave away surprises for me on the day, and anyone reading this who hasn't been? Unless you want to see pictures and learn some of the secrets I would skip ahead to the end!

Being in the Great Hall at last- the actual set where we saw Professor Quirrel screaming about a troll, Harry Potter being sorted all the way up to the last film where it was partially destroyed and full of the wounded participants in the battle of Hogwarts... I couldn't describe how I was feeling and promptly started crying. It was just as I had seen it on the big screen, and I was stood there taking it all in. The craftsmanship and detail put in was amazing; so much extra work that you would barely notice through the films. It really is a beautiful set.




We got to see countless sets and props from Hogwarts and the wizarding world. Jack said that even though he wasn't a huge fan he really appreciated how much work and effort went into making the films look so amazing and I agreed that seeing it all in person made me really understand all the hard work the people behind the scenes put in. It was those people who made Hogwarts real and magical as much as the actors.

Being a proper Potter-head, I knew a lot of the behinds the scenes facts and snippets of information but there were staff on hand who really knew it all. I learnt things I never would have known if it wasn't for this visit and it's crazy that after all these years I am still learning things about JK Rowlings world.



We flew broomsticks against a green screen, drank Butterbeer (SO tasty!), walked down Diagon Alley, climbed aboard the Hogwarts express, pressed buttons to activate some amazing special effects in the creatures department and I cried more than I thought I would and more than anyone there.



It's a breathtaking place to be for any Harry Potter fan or even just someone interested in how movies are made. I can't thank Warner Bros enough for allowing people to visit and all the staff for being so friendly and knowledgeable, or my dad and his girlfriend for sending us on such a magical day out.

'Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.' -JK Rowling


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2 comments

  1. I've heard a lot of great things about this. My wife would love it

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  2. I was absolutely obsessed with these books — AND the films too!! I'd absolutely love to go there!!! Thanks for linking up with us on #TwinklyTuesday :)

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