Sunday, 30 March 2014

Being British: Harry Potter Studio's #JustLikeHarry #SundayTraveler

I'm kind of obsessed with Harry Potter, though I'm a bit of a late comer to it- I only read the books last summer and bought the DVDs when the box set was released after the last film had come out. We read the first book at school when literacy hour was introduced, but at the time, I just couldn't focus on the second book. I actually came back because, JK Rowling is one of my hero's. Her success in writing is astounding and it inspires me to write, and I kind of thought it bad form to not have read her most successful books.

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!







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The Great Hall. 

The tour starts with a short film and an entrance to The Great Hall, from there you're on your own. You can take as much, or as little time wandering around the studio's as you like, but when you leave studio J and go to studio K, you can't go back so make sure you see everything.




 


The Gryffindor common room and boys dorm, including Harry Potter's bed. 

 

 

 

Dumbledore's office


Potions class


Umbridge's horrific, spine-shivering office


Muggles, in their rightful place


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


Diagon Alley

 


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.

Things You Need to Know

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.



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22 comments:

  1. Harry Potter frenzy never caught up on me. Must be generational thing :). However this tour seems very interesting (maybe a bit on the expensive side). Jealous that you got to ride a broom! That looks like fun.

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    1. There seemed to be a great mix of ages there, whole families wandering around and everything. I think the tour is great, too, because it has some of the more technical aspects of film creation, which would appeal to anyone with an interest in film production really.

      The broom was awesome!

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  2. I never got into the harry craze, but I'd so go here. It looks like a bunch of fun! Thanks for linking back up with me again for #SundayTraveler :)

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    1. Thanks SJ, it's awesome. Even from my bias.

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  3. Wow, I didn't know sth like that existed! Cool, but even though I have read all 7 books maybe I'm slightly too old for actually visiting the place :)

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    1. No, I don't think so. All sorts of people visited, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. It's technically fascinating, as well as exciting for kids walking down diagon alley or drinking butter beer.

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  4. You know I love Harry Potter - I went here for my birthday 26th birthday and it was amazing!! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler :)

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    1. Sure do, it is amazing. Have you been to the other Harry Potter land in the States?

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    2. I have indeed - twice. And, I'm going again in October. Talk about obsession. http://asoutherngypsy.com/the-wizarding-world-of-harry-potter/

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    3. You should totally write a guest post about Harry Potter on my blog :)

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    4. I could definitely do that :D

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    5. Great! I shall e-mail you about it.

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  5. Love Harry Potter Studios! Such an amazing day :D

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    1. It really was amazing, thanks for reading :)

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  6. I'm a huge HP fan and I've wanted to go see this for ages. I was worried that I'd be disappointed, but it looks like loads of fun. Now I just need to talk someone into coming with me :)

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    1. I will go with you! I totally loved it, and would definitely go again.

      I don't think any of it is disappointing at all, you get to see the most incredible things, and aside from the studio lighting everywhere, it looks so amazing.

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  7. I think I was a little bit "too old" when the Harry Potter thing became popular, though my sister (2 years younger than me) was really into it. I've never seen the movies or read the books, but maybe it isn't too late to start! I'm glad you enjoyed your time there and I think this would be fantastic for all fans of HP!

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    1. It is definitely never too late to start! Harry Potter is loved by millions of people, not just children! :)

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  8. I so wish I could go :( So sad I missed out on it when I was in London. I love Harry Potter.

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    1. There is always next time :) and you never know, maybe I'll be around and can come with you!

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  9. Wow, it looks like fun! I always wanted to go to London, now I have another reason :) I'm glad you had a fantastic day :D By the way, what about Ollivanders wand shop?

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    1. You can't go inside, I'm afraid, it's just along Diagon Alley, everything there is inaccessible :/

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