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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Harry Potter Studio Tour!

Earlier this week, on an unsuspecting slightly rainy Tuesday afternoon, my boyfriend & I went on a little trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and it truly was like stepping into a whole other world full of magic and wonderment. Perhaps it's because I pretty much grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione (I was a similar age to the characters when the books were released) but there's really no other word to describe it other than, magical!

I had such an amazing day and it was a lot of fun exploring the sets and seeing all the details that went into making the films so wonderful. It is absolutely worth every penny of the £29 ticket price, you can spend as long as you want looking around and I think we were in there for around 3 hours. It's one of those places where even if you're not a huge Harry Potter superfan, you'll still enjoy and appreciate the day.


When the doors to The Great Hall opened I caught the eye of a couple of girls tearing up a little and saw little twin boys that were wide-eyed, like they couldn't believe what they were seeing. It was adorable! The tables were set and to be honest I was all ready to grab my robes, settle down to a huge feast and start my lessons!

The Gryffindor Common Room looked so welcoming & cosy and there was so many little details there waiting to be spotted - there's even a little bunny on the tapestry at the back, super cute! Dumbledore's Office was one of my favourite parts because there are so many interesting looking objects in the cabinets that lined a few of the walls, I almost started taking interior design inspiration from it!


The Burrow looked so homely (always a Weasley at heart) and I definitely wished I could take home the magical knife that was chopping carrots all by itself and the magical knitting needles happily creating a cosy looking scarf! Again, there are so many little things to spot like the Cheeri-Owls cereal box which I think is adorable! Hagrid's Hut is complete with an incredibly sweet, yet enormous, looking Fang and looks equally as cosy as The Burrow. I think I'd even be willing to attempt one of Hagrid's infamous rock cakes!

The Potions Room was just as creepy as I imagined and filled with lots of mysterious looking glass bottles, test tubes and jars with handwritten labels. There are cauldrons stirring away all by themselves and a pretty sinister looking faceless Snape standing in there almost like he's waiting for you to do something wrong so he can take away some house points! A little further along is a cabinet full of Death Eater Masks, which are beautifully detailed yet mostly terrifying. It's safe to say I wouldn't want to encounter a Death Eater at night time!

The cabinet with all the graphic design elements was one of my favourite parts of the whole tour and I spent a really long time reading everything. All the newspaper articles and posters are real and so well designed and Lily's letter to Sirius is so incredibly lovely.
Outside we had a Butterbeer, which is definitely an acquired taste but my boyfriend loved it and he's asked me to try and find a good recipe so we can make it again. To me it was like a mixture of cream soda & butterscotch with a hint of Irn-Bru, interesting, definitely interesting. There are lots of photo opportunities outside including the Knight Bus & Privet Drive but Harry's House in Godric's Hollow was the stand out for me. It's so charmingly wonky and I imagine it was a really lovely home for baby Harry & his parents.

Diagon Alley is so amazing, it really is like stepping into it with cobble stones underfoot and all the inviting window displays. The display of Lockhart's books really made me smile and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes looks like the worlds best shop in the history of shops. I definitely would have loved to have had a stash of Puking Pastilles for whenever I wanted to get out of something at school, I have a feeling they would have come in useful for those dreaded P.E lessons and presentations! 

The tour definitely ends on a high with the absolutely incredible model of Hogwarts! I was so impressed with the card version, so you can imagine my face when we turned the corner and there was the castle sitting there it all its glory! The lights change to show how it looks during the day and at night time. The warm glow from the windows at night is the most magical thing, you can really imagine it bustling with life inside.

The final stop was, of course, the gift shop! Whenever I visit anywhere I have to buy some sort of souvenir, no matter how small and even if it's something I can buy online for much cheaper because I think it's nice to have something tangible to go along with all the memories. Before I went I signed up to Pottermore so I could get sorted into a house because after reading a few blog posts I had an inkling of what I might like to purchase.
I thought for sure I would be sorted into Ravenclaw but much to my surprise I'm a Gryffindor, (I guess I'm braver than I thought!) so I thought I would show a bit of house pride and get one of the Gryffindor scarves - even though they're a whopping £25! I really loved the cardigans & jumpers but they were super pricey so I opted for a Gryffindor patch (£5.95) that I'm going to sew on to something, perhaps a simple grey cardigan, eventually. Lastly I couldn't leave without a chocolate frog (£7.95), these are solid chocolate & come with a wizard card inside! The shop is full of pretty much everything you can think of, from Honeydukes sweets and time turner keyrings to house robes and Hermione's jewellery with the Marauders Map and Triwizard Cup in between. I think you could easily spend a fortune (I saw a couple carrying three big bags & a VERY long receipt back to their car) but if you're restrained the damage won't be too bad!

If you're thinking of going, definitely do because you'll have an amazing time! There's so much to see, so much more than you see in the films and when you're there you can really appreciate how much work that so many people put in over those 10 years.

xoxo

94 comments:

  1. I've been to the tour about a year ago but really want to go back! It's so magical and amazing. Especially after seeing your photos again. It's such a beautiful experiences. Your photos are beautiful!

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    1. It really is amazing, I would go again for sure <3

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  2. Wow this is fantastic! I grew up with Harry Potter too and I'm a hugeee fan :) I hope I can visit this place before I die haha :)

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    1. It's a must-visit for any Harry Potter fan! xo

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  3. This looks BRILLIANT! Your photos and description are fantastic. I was 19 when I first started reading the Harry Potter books, but I still loved them all the same. My uni friends used to think I was a right geek (which I was), but who cares?! Now the summer holidays are over, and it'll be a bit quieter, I really want to go. Luckily my brother married a fellow HP fan, so I may have to drag her with me!

    Victoria
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    1. Geeky and proud *high five!* I really recommend it, I think you'll have an amazing time! <3

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  4. Yay, I was looking forward to this post! Everything looks totally amazing, I will definitely have to visit at some point! And you were very restrained indeed aha! I got sorted into Ravenclaw so I will have to get a scarf to show some pride. xxx

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    1. You have to go & for sure show some Ravenclaw pride <3

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  5. I'm so jealous, I would LOVE to go here but live way too far away :( The model looks amazing, I think I'd be one of the ones tearing up at the sight of everything and they'd have to force me out at the end of the night :) Great choice in souvenirs, I'd have bought the same x x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. If you ever get the chance, you have to visit. You'll love it! <3

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  6. Ooh this looks like so much fun!! I really enjoyed reading about your tour and I've thought about going with my little nephew so this is definitely something to do!!

    It does look magical and I grew up reading the books so i think it'll be really nice to see things like this in person! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. Definitely visit, you'll both have the best day. It's so magical, it's like stepping back into your childhood <3

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  7. Beautiful photos Jennie! I've been three times now and it gets better every time, I'm planning to go again near Christmas when they decorate the Great Hall for it all! xx

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    1. Oh gosh, it will be so magical then <3

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  8. These photos are amazing! I absolutely loved my trip there, really want to go again :) xx
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  9. I went here in April and it was stunning! I had the best day!! :) I must admit, I got VERY emotional at the very end of the tour with the lit up Hogwarts. I was 6 when the first book came out, so I've been surrounded by Harry Potter forever! xxx

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  10. Looks amazing - can't believe I live 5 mins from the studios and still haven't been! x

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  11. I'm absolutely desperate to go!
    Sophie
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  12. Great photos! I went a few months ago and loved it. We went during 'animal week' so met all the animal actors which was great :) We couldn't have a butterbeer though due to something not working - booo! I got a chocolate frog too :D xx

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    1. Ahh so jealous about the animals! You didn't miss much with the butterbeer, it's very...different hehe! xo

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  13. I am mad with envy over here! You've pushed this to the top of my must-see list this season. Fingers crossed I keep my promise! X

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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  14. Oh my goodness. I was trying not to look too hard at these snaps because I'm planning to go in the next few months. SO excited, it just looks so magical!

    Tara xo

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    1. Ahh yay! You'll have the best day <3

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  15. Omg, it looks gorgeous for me! When I was little girl I was the Potter maniac, to this day of course :)

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  16. I love, love, love, these sorts of posts! I seriously will never tire of reading them and seeing the different details different bloggers will spot out. If I ever make a trip overseas this'll for SURE be one of my stops. I'm such a huge Harry Potter fan and it was really lovely to read this :) I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida and also got a Gryffindor scarf before Pottermore was out, but now I think I'll have to go ahead and still get a Hufflepuff scarf and show some house pride. Fabulous post :) xx

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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    1. Aww thank you lovely! It's so amazing! For sure get a Hufflepuff scarf, house pride is where it's at ;) xo

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing! I seriously cannot wait to go there. I don't know when it will be but I hope soon!!! xo

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  18. Lovely photos Jenny! I find this so interesting- I build sets for plays at the moment and one of my favourite things about it is the dressing- putting all of the miniature details into the set that really most likely won't be seen but add to its richness. Its lovely to see all of that backstage work get noticed and for all the little background stories that are being told in the props and set to be revealed and appreciated. It is a pretty magical creation :)
    xxx

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    1. Ahh you have an amazing job, you're so lucky <3

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  19. Wow looks amazing and loving your blog and the amount of bunny in it, we have a bunny called Daisy!!

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  20. Awwwww, Lucky You!!!! I really want to visit the place!Lovely photos!

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  21. I´M SOOO JEALOUS!! The photos are amazing and the studio is perfect and just everything´s awesome! I need to visit the HP studio tour :O

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    1. It's so perfect, you would love it! <3

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  22. OMG I am soo jealous! I am a massive Harry Potter fan so for me this sounds like a dream come true.

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog }

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  23. Your photos in this post are exquisite Jenny! x

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  24. Ohhh I so desperately want to do this, and your photos have made want to even more, it looks so much fun xx

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  25. WOW! Really amazing photographs, it looks amazing. I can't wait to go myself!

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  26. I live down the road and I still haven't been...oops! Fab photos and great post as always, Jennie!x

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    1. You must go, it's such a lovely day out <3

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  27. I'm not even a Harry Potter fan (sorry!) but I'd still love to visit here, looks so interesting! The sets always looked amazing on film so I bet in real life they'd be even better xxx

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    1. Haha no need to apologise, we all like different things! The sets really are incredible, like I said, you don't even really need to be a Harry Potter fan to have a great day here! Xo

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  28. this looks amazing! I'm such a fan of HP and have been meaning to go for ages but just haven't got round to it yet, these pictures make me so excited haha!

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    1. You'll have the best time, it's amazing! xo

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  29. I have a dear friend of mine who moved to London and she is always on the HP studio tour! She loves it!
    Loved the pictures you took though, they are amazing <3

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  30. This looks amazing, I am so so jealous. Beautiful photos :)
    I love how in your photo of Diagon Alley there are some kids all bunched up around one of the windows, like they would be if it were real! (I imagine!)
    Magical! :) xx


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    1. Ahh I know, so cute! They all looked like they were having the best day ever! xo

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  31. Your photos are just stunning, you've captured so much detail :) I've been lucky enough to go to the tour twice and it never gets old! xoxo

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  32. It looks very cool, worth seeing and your pictures are so great Jennie! :)

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  33. This looks like so much fun! I remember being 12 and having a night long cry cause I would never meet Daniel Radcliffe in my life. hahaha I'm not that into harry potter anymore, but this looks very interesting! xx

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  34. I've been thinking about the series so much this week and feeling nostalgic. It's so difficult to comprehend that the series is over but I'm so thankful we'll always have the books to dive back into at any time.

    I read every word you wrote but I tried not to look at the beautiful photographs too much. I want to take the studio tour soon but I can't convince anyone to come with me. Although saying that, I could certainly go on my own and I wouldn't mind one bit.

    Thanks for mentioning how much the souvenirs cost. Now I have an idea of how much to make sure I have for a few bits and pieces!

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say

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    1. I really recommend it, I think you would have a fabulous day! xo

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  35. Your photo's are amazing - I know this is blasphemous but I've never read any of the Harry Potter books, haha! xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Haha not at all, it's not for everyone! Xo

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  36. My gosh!! I would die if I could visit! <3

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  37. Great pictures! every time I see a post on the Harry Potter studios I really want to go- everyones selling it so well haha, but it would probably be kinda pointless because I've only seen the first film and read none of the books! :/ x

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    1. I think it's a really lovely day out even if you're not totally into Harry Potter but you like films in general. It's really interesting to see all the little things that go into making the overall set xo

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  38. That looks amazing! I really want to go now!
    Danielle xo || Lilyofthevalley

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  39. Wow, that looks like such a great experience! I love your photos. That Gryffindor badge would look so cute on a grey cardi, like you said. I really want to go to this! It's definitely being put on my to do list! x

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  40. Diagon Alley looks so much fun. I love the sound of butterbeer xx

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Lifestyle Blog

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  41. What an amazing account of your visit! It's bringing back all the memories when my boyfriend and I last visited a year ago!
    Glad to hear you enjoyed it as much as I did :) xx

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    1. It was so much fun, glad you enjoyed it too! <3

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  42. I did the tour for my 18th birthday and it was amazing to see all the detail that goes into the sets, props and costumes :) I didn't like the butter beer though! xx

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    1. It was definitely an acquired taste! xo

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  43. My brothers brought me tickets for the tour for my birthday last year and we had a great time, it's actually better than the Florida one! I picked up the glass from the gift shop and a chocolate frog keyring which a year later is still smelling of chocolate!

    Victoria

    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. Ahh that's so amazing, I really wish I'd got that keyring! xo

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  44. Aww, a magical collection of pictures (: It looks fantastic. My boyfriend has tickets to go & I'm not that much of a fan but I think this post has persuaded me to go ;)

    Sophie xo
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    1. It's a great day out, even if you're not a HP fan! xo

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  45. This looks AMAZING! I so need to go there asap! Fab post xx

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  46. I'm not a Harry Potter fan but I loved the studio tour! It was presented in such a great way and just felt all magical! :) xx

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  47. I've been to the tour last year and as I was already big fan of Harry Potter books and movies the tour was magical for me. I spend all my camera battery and my phone battery too. I think I was the only Greek girl in the studios but never mind that. I was very carried away in the shop I paid nearly 150£ but it was all worth it.
    For us in Greece that we do not have studios for mega movies that was a dream come true.

    Kisses From Greece
    Sofia

    http://sofiaswordandmore.blogspot.gr/2013/01/harry-potter-london-tour.html

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  48. Awesome photos, it's making me jealous even though I've already been I now want to go again because of your photos! Best day I ever had.

    http://comicbookfashion.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/du-do-do-duh-do-dur-durr-insert-harry.html

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