Calling all wizards and witches!
Last Sunday we travelled down to London to visit the Harry Potter Studios for the 15th Anniversary of the very first film. Myself, my boyfriend, mum, sister, my auntie and uncle all squeezed into a small spaced 6 seater car. Nightmare! I’ve had this trip planned for several months now and I’ve always wanted to go since it had first opened. I’m obsessed with Harry Potter so as you can imagine I was so excited!
We only stayed in a travel lodge close to the studio which was nice apart from the 30 minutes free WiFi. I wasn’t paying £3 for 24 hours when I was sleeping for 8 of them and leaving the hotel by 10am the next day. When we arrived today the hotel we freshened up, got a few drinks and headed out for tea.
Time for Harry Potter!!!
First of all we didn’t even have to queue before going in to start our tour as we already had all of our tickets. Bonus! I hate waiting haha. I managed to take a few snaps before being shooed off the road by parking staff.
I straight away got the feels when I walked into the building and looked all around me. The fact that they included a lot of things before you started your tour was good and made the beginning more appealing to people. I think I was the only one to notice Daniel, Emma and Rupert’s handprints as everyone else was queuing for the tour. Somehow I’ve lost Emma’s handprint picture. They’re a bit blurry as yet again I was shooed off to start the tour.
The above picture of Harry’s Cupboard was when we were queuing up. They have placed it here as this was part of the beginning chapter of Harry Potter, as well as it being the 15th Anniversary. I can’t get over how long ago the first film came out. They opened the door to the cinema where you sit back and watch all 8 Harry Potter films. Only joking! But I would have loved that. They made a short film of different clips from each film.
The screen lifted up and The Great Hall doors were in front of us. All of the soldiers were up on the walls around it. The doors opened and we were taken into The Great Hall. Each of the different houses and their characters costumes were all in sections down The Great Hall. The teachers were at the bottom where they were all standing when the students were being sorted into their houses.
The next few photos are from the next part of the tour which is a huge room and takes you round not necessarily in any order. I’m not going to say much about the different pictures I’ve took as if you haven’t been it will ruin part of the experience if you ever go. I have limited the amount of photos I’m posting too or you’d get the whole tour in my blog. I have over 300 pictures and I doubt you’d want to go through them all!
In Dumbledore’s office where he keeps all the memories in tiny capsules in a cupboard would spin around which was a good added effect. The only downfall was that I thought Phoenix would be in his office too. That came in the special effects department though, but I missed it.
What was so amazing about the Potions Classroom was that all the bottles what we’re around it on the shelves etc. we’re all created differently and not a single one had the same materials used for it. There was over 100 bottles made for the films.
After this part we did the green screens. We had a photo taken in the blue car and we rode on the broomsticks. This was fun but I hated my video and the picture!
The death eaters all had individual masks that they wore.
I was so excited for this next part!
It was good to be able to go on the Howgwart’s Express. Although I was a little claustrophobic going down it. Each cabin had things in from the different films beginning to end. This included when the dementors tried to suckling the soul out of Harry, Luna’s cabin which had a quibbler and the glasses she wears and the signature cabin when Lavender drew a heart on Ron and Harry’s cabin.
The above picture wasn’t in the train but was separate at the end of this section. Across from this was the characters outfits when they had all grown up in the 8th film.
After this we had our lunch in the cafeteria. I got my obligatory Butterbeer and my sister had bought a Buttermere ice cream.
I didn’t get it in a proper Butterbeer Mug as they charged extra for this and it was only plastic. However, there is also a glass one in the souvenir shop at the end of the tour.
After we ate, we went outside to view so of the much larger artifacts of the films. I hate when people get in my pictures but I have tried to get as many people out of the shots as possible.
And the tour continues…
And last but not least the absolute best bit!
The Castle. My gosh it was SO big. My picture just doesn’t do it any justice.
And our tour came to an end after several hours. We went into the gift shop and bought wands for ourselves and a chocolate frog each. We spent so long in the shop trying to chose which wand we wanted. I chose Professor Snape and My boyfriend chose Professor Dumbledore’s.
I now need to go on another adventure! I’d like to go to Shrek Adventures next.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy your weekend guys.