As I mentioned previously in my English/Paris summer vacation, I paid a visit to the incredible Harry Potter Studio Tour near London, and I took a ridiculous amount of photos so I made it into its own post! I am avid Harry Potter fan, but I will admit, I haven’t read the books. (I’m not a huge fan of books! Sorry!) I think I will tackle them one day, but I do love every single movie in the saga. Alan, on the other hand, actually had never seen the movies or read the books (Brit fail!) so I tried to get in as many of the movies as we could in our free time in the UK before we went. While we didn’t get to finish it, Alan found the tour to be quite impressive even for the non-fan.
The tour has only been open for about 2 years, but it is so insanely popular that bookings must be done online only through their website and bookings fill up incredibly fast. As I was trying to get days off to extend my holiday, I kept having to change plans because every time I went to book, the days I had available were already full!
Upon entrance, you are greeted by three amazing Wizard’s Chess pieces!
The introduction starts with a seat in a small theater, and a short video with Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint addressing fans and then the screen lifts to the entrance of Hogwarts. Every inch of the tour was just as magical as it seemed to be on the screen!
Once you left the dining hall, you were free to roam through the tour yourself. It roughly takes about 3 hours!
Some of my most favorite bits were the costumes!
It was amazing to see how the sets looked quite small in comparison to on the big screen.
There was also an array of random props and artifacts gathered around.
Throughout the tour, there were various supplementary video screens full of information and cool secrets. For example, the various moving portraits found throughout the school include some of the crew and staff!
And prop crews found it entertaining alone just trying to fill the mysterious jars and vessels you see in Snape’s potion making classroom.
Chamber of Secrets!
Various prints and candy boxes – a graphic designer’s dream:
On display were an amazing array of the various prosthetics and other makeup/masks…
And of course, Diagon Alley itself!
This smaller scale model of Hogwarts is used when filming the building from a distance!
And of course, can’t leave until we find a wand…
Maybe this one?!
Lastly, I was a sucker and hopped on a broom, and YES, I bought the photos… there was a video, but I opted for just the photos. 🙂