Last April, a friend of mine and I decided it was time. I had watched the films a few times, and had read some of the books & I even had some awesome Harry Potter earrings to wear as well. So off we went to the Harry Potter Studio's. I don't think Holly knew what she'd let herself in for with me, squealing like a six year old.
Just so you know, if you want to go to the Studio's and don't want to know what you're going to see, don't read the rest of this post- there are SPOILERS a-plenty!
The Great Hall.
The Gryffindor common room and boys dorm, including Harry Potter's bed.
Umbridge's horrific, spine-shivering office
Indulging in a Butterbeer
The Knightbus, which was probably my favourite part!
Privet Drive, Surrey and the Potter's Cottage in Godric's Hollow right next to each other at the studio's
It took us around 4hrs to get around both studio's including taking a break in the gap between looking at the Knight Bus, and drinking Butterbeer. It is so amazing to see all the sets, and unreal to walk on Diagon Alley. As I'm sure you can see my camera didn't take the best pictures, which I put down to the studio lighting, so if you can play with your camera settings before hand then you probably should.
As well as seeing the sets you can fly on the Weasley's Ford Anglia, though we didn't do that. There are also things on, like snow at Hogwarts (over Christmas) and seeing the animals used in the films (until the end of April). You can ride on a broom. I did that! It was amazing, they give you robes to wear and you can fly #JustLikeHarry here is my picture of me playing Quidditch:
My favourite parts were Diagon Alley, flying on a broom, drinking Butterbeer (I actually ordered a t-shirt not so long ago advertising Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks from Way Cool T-Shirts on Etsy) and of course Hogwarts Castle. I purposely didn't look at anything except ordering the tickets on the website, so didn't have a clue what was coming. I can't convey how spectacular the detail in everything was, the only thing I can say is that in the Goblet of Fire for the scenes at the Quidditch World Cup, there were programme's made and printed just in case one of them was in a shot- and that was for something we never even got to see.
Ticket Prices: £30 (you must pre-book) (all prices go up by £1 in July)
Getting there: Basically you need to get to Euston and get any of the fast trains to Watford Junction. From Watford Junction there is a bus that runs to the studio's that costs £2 return. You need to aim to get to Watford Junction 45 minutes before your tour time.
There is a gift shop on site, it is as expensive as you will imagine, as were the pictures, but for me they were worth it entirely. You can buy chocolate frogs (I did) with Wizard cards, and bertie bott's every flavour bean and peppermint toads, and the books, and everything Harry Potter related you can imagine, definitely make some time to have a look around even if you don't end up buying anything.