My Dad and I took an extended trip through Europe last December (lots of posts about it starting here!), and one the highlights was visiting the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studios just outside of London. Reading the Harry Potter series while growing up, I dreamed of being a student at Hogwarts, so I was beyond excited to be taking a tour of the real sets – just ask my Dad, who was such a pal in tagging along and putting up with my fangirling all day.
The tour begins in the Great Hall. We happened to be there just days before Christmas, so everything was decorated for the holidays. The real costumes the actors wore in the movies surrounded the room as well.
We also got to see the sculpture and costumes from the Yule Ball! So beautiful!
One of my favorite parts of the tour was Diagon Alley – such a fun and creative set! Let’s see, what do I need for my first year at Hogwarts? I better pop into Ollivander’s and get a wand! 😉
We also got to see the real Hogwarts, which is a magnificently intricate model that was designed for exterior shots of the building. It spans over 50 feet wide and contains 2500 fibre optic lights to simulate lantern torches and students inside. The detail is incredible, what a masterpiece!
Additonally, we saw Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, and the boys’ dormitory.
Need a wand?
Here I am enjoying my first glass of Butterbeer! It’s a cream soda concoction that was just a little too sweet for my taste, but when in Rome, right?
The whole day was such a blast. We got to learn so much about the films and how they were made. If you are a fan and ever in the London area, I cannot recommend the experience enough. It was an entire day of “pinch me” moments!
Oh, and I hit the gift shop… HARD. EXPECTO PATRONUM!!!!