Harry Potter Studio Tour London

Great Hall. Complete with food props!
Hi, guys!
Get comfy and get yourself some snacks cause this post is long. 
We went to Warner Bros Studio Tour : The Making of Harry Potter on a Thursday, Nov 9th 2017. Hence why there are pumpkins above my head. We purchased the ticket (41 pound/person) about a month and a half in advance and we managed to get the slot that we wanted which is the 10AM tour. It is the first tour of the day so there won't be too many people. Do noticed you can't purchased the ticket on the spot. Once you get to the gate, they will check your booking and then you print your ticket outside the studio.

The studio itself located not in London but in Leavesden, which is about an hour drive with our uber. You can also use the tube of course, but it takes about one hour and a half with a few train changes. We didn't want to be late since lateness might denied entry so we took an uber instead. I think it cost around 60 pounds from where we stayed (Kensington area). We arrived around 9.15 so we had plenty of time to print our ticket and then at 9.30 they opened the door and in we go to line up. 


First we were ushered to a space with seats like in theatres, after a brief explanation, the stage opened its curtain to revealed a door to the Great Hall. After that, there were another brief explanation and then you are on your own. The average tour lasts for 3 and 1/2 hours. We managed to do it in 3 hours mostly because we're not the biggest fan of Harry Potter. I mean, I read all the books and watched all the movies and I can mentioned all the big players name (Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Winny, Luna, Neville, Mrs. Weasley, Mr. Weasly, Sirius, Snape, Lupin, Hagrid, Voldemort, Hedwig, Malfoy . . . yup that's pretty much it) and most of the places, as well as which outfit worn at which movie. But that's pretty much all I know so it's safe to say that I'm merely someone who enjoys Harry Potter series instead of a fan.


I know for a fact that this gorgeous ice (which is not actually ice) palace is a prop from the Yule Ball from the Goblet of Fire movie. It is a pretty cool prop and I totally understand why they showcase it.


Gryffindor' Common Room and the outfit is from The Prisoner of Azkaban. I love seeing the set. It feels really authentic and I honestly had no idea how the prop team do it. It's truly amazing.


Hagrid's Hut

Changed into a real cape to get our pics taken. You can ride a broomstick in front of a green screen and looks like you're actually flying. You did pay again for this pics. I also tried fighting a Death Eater. The staff will teach you some wand moves and you get to fight a Death Eater on a screen which was pretty cool!



Unfortunately most of my Forbidden Forest pics are in my missing memory card so this one of me in front of it should do. I believe Forbidden Forest is quite new. You can meet Griffin who can move, some big ass spiders that can go up and down. You can even control the weather. It was a pretty cool area. Not scary at all for us but maybe kinda spooky for kids.





From Forbidden Forest, we continue our tour to King Cross Station. You can definitely go inside the train and it was pretty cool that they have each cabin from different movies. You can also take pics in front of the 9 3/4 platform without the crazy line in the actual King's Cross station.



After that we had an overpriced lunch at the cafeteria. My husband had burger which was so so and I had a vegetarian macaroni with chips. We also ordered a butterbeer and we strangely had it in a plastic cup. Which was weird because everybody around us drink their butterbeer from a real mug. I'm not sure if it's racist or not.

Butterbeer ice cream. So yummy!


After lunch, right outside the cafeteria, there's a Death Eater show where (if you're kids) you can actually fight real life Death Eaters with wand and everything. The kids did such a great job as well! From the show, we walked across the cafeteria to check out The Dursley' house.



The flying acceptance letter from Hogwarts. There's no cupboard under the stairs in this house since you can see it at the very first of tour when you line up for entry.

Diagon Alley

So we moved to the second studio which contains Diagon Alley and the special effects. You can even make Dobby moves like you. It was pretty interesting seeing all the make up and special effects that took place in the making of this movie. But the real winner is this magnificent Hogwarts miniature scale. 



As you can see it's HUGE. And you get a 360 degree look from above to the bottom. And that's the end of your tour. You then walked out through the gift shop. I did purchased Hermione' Time Turner key chain and a Voldemort-wand-shape pen.

We go back to Leavesden station with the studio bus (charged 3 pounds/person) and took tube from there back to London.

I'd say the tour definitely worth the ticket price. And even my husband who only knows three names in the movie said he had fun. I surely didn't regret I chose this over Stonehenge. LOL. But anyway, thank you so much for reading. I have one more post left from my UK Trip and then we are done!

Wishing everyone a great midweek!


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