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.
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.
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 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.
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.