Last Updated on November 6, 2020 by Carissa
Booking and location:
The studio is in Leavesden (Watford), which is really close to where I live, so it only took about 20-30 mins to drive there. It’s really easy to find with a Sat Nav, or there’s also the option of getting a shuttle bus from Watford Junction train station that takes you directly to the studio.
After collecting our tickets from the ticket office, we queued up to enter the studio. There were some props around whilst we were in the queue waiting to enter, such as the Harry Potter’s cupboard-room under the stairs. Then we were lead into a dark room and given an introduction to the tour, with large screens surrounding us where we watched a quick film about the making of Harry Potter. Then we were lead to another dark room, which had a larger screen in front of us (like a cinema) and more info about the making and history of Harry Potter was shown. This is when our excitement for the tour began, and we couldn’t wait to get inside!
After the film was shown, the screen was lifted and 2 large doors appeared, where we’d enter into the Great Hall of Hogwarts. It was a self-guided tour, so we were allowed to explore the studios at our own pace. There was so much to see, and each prop or set would remind us of a certain Harry Potter film. We could really appreciate how much effort went into making the series! There was the moving staircases, the flying car in the Whomping Willow, Dumbledore’s office, Professor Snape’s potion classroom, the Gryffindor dormitory, Hagrid’s Hut, the snake door to the Chamber of Secrets and lots more… there was so much to see and admire!
There was also some interactive fun, such as the broomstick that lifts off the ground when you say ‘Up’, and we had some green-screen fun with the ‘flying’ broomstick, where you have the opportunity to ride a broomstick as if you were in the film! We were also able to wear the Hogwarts uniform/cloaks, and the staff would take pictures for you and film you riding the broomstick, and you have the option to buy the photos/videos afterwards if you wish.
We were also lucky to be able to experience the Forbidden Forest, which is the newest scene to the tour this year, opened in March 2017! We saw the large spiders and the Hippogriff 'Buckbeak', where each feather was individually inserted and glued on to make the model! The forest was smaller than we thought, but it was still worth seeing.
Half-way through the tour, there is an out-door section where we found the Knight Bus, the Dudley’s house on Privet Drive, Hogwarts Bridge, Hagrid’s Bike and the Flying Car. We could actually go inside the Dudley’s house and take pictures! They also sold the famous ‘Butter Beer’, which was a sweet, fizzy drink that tasted a lot like cream soda with some froth on top. It was really nice!
The tour ended with a large gift shop, where a huge range of Potter products were available to purchase, such as Harry Potter t-shirts, cloaks, scarves, keyrings, magnets, books, wands, toys, and even sweets that replicated the exact packagings in the films, such as the Chocolate Frog, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and Honeydukes Honeycombs. There were so many great souvenirs for Potter heads, although unfortunately they don’t come cheap.
Overall, it was a great day out and an amazing Harry Potter tour, I’d definitely recommend a visit to the Warner Bros Studio Tour and ‘feel the magic’ haha, especially for Harry Potter fans! There was so much behind the scenes footage, and to be able to experience the atmosphere and see the sets close up and in detail was just amazing. I think the only thing missing is that they could include more interactions with the props to make it more fun and seem like you’re really involved, such as being able to step inside Dumbledore’s office instead of just being able to view it like we were in a museum, or being able to walk into the Chamber of Secrets and see the huge snake, that would’ve brought it all to life!
If you’ve visited the studios, let me know what you thought of it and which part was your favourite! Thanks for stopping by and reading this really long essay, I know I’ve waffled for far too long XD
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