After seeing several bloggers’ photos from the Harry Potter Studios, I was finally convinced to book a visit. Under the guise of a Christmas present to my sister, we set off early and travelled by car, train, tube and bus before arriving at the studios for our time slot.
Everything was dressed up for Christmas – there was a huge Christmas tree in the foyer and a snow machine outside.
O was on photograph duty, while my sister and I strolled around looking at everything. O took his job as photographer very seriously, so although I took next to no photos myself, there are hundreds from our visit to look through! I’ve chosen my favourite fifteen (originally ten, but there’s just so many); enjoy!
(1.) Mr H Potter, The Cupboard under the Stairs
(2.) Professor McGonagall’s outfit and famous pointy hat
(3.) Amazing sculpture from the Yule Ball
(4.) Hair and makeup – guess who?
(5.) Christmas in the Gryffindor common room
(6.) The clock and pendulum from the clock tower – this was to scale!
(7.) Dumbledore’s office
(8.) Potions classroom. There were so many little details in the room. The set must have taken so long to put together.
(9.) The Burrow. It looked so inviting!
(10.) Umbridge’s desk. I could hardly post of my travels without one photo of a desk! The plates on the wall had been bought from shops around London.
(11.) There were a number of luggage trolleys on display, but this was one of my favourites. Can you guess who it belongs to?
(12.) Hogwarts Express. This was one of my favourite areas of the studios. You could walk through the train and view the carriage sets from several different films.
(13.) Another favourite part of the tour was the display of wizard literature – there were so many props, including the Daily Prophet and the famous acceptance letter to Hogwarts. All of them filled with real content – I would have loved that job!
(14.) I loved seeing so many interesting props on display, and realising just how much work had gone into everything.
(15.) Snowy Hogwarts. I knew the castle was a model, but I never imagined it would be this big!
There were many more parts of the tour that I haven’t covered. The Great Hall, for starters, which was actually a lot smaller than I had expected. Also, by the time we got to the outside area of the studios, it was getting dark, and so all the photos of the Knight Bus and Privet Drive aren’t perfect. There is, however, a photo or two of me crammed into the side car of Hagrid’s bike. My sister, who is significantly smaller than me in size, insisted she got to sit on the bike itself. Oh, what I do for love!
The gift shop was an amazing way to finish the tour – I wanted to buy everything! However, as I am in Serious Saving mode, I left with just a few chocolate wands as presents and some postcards to frame.
I know a lot of my followers have been to Harry Potter Studios – you are the ones who inspired me to book the visit! Has anyone ever visited over Christmas before? Also, how on earth do they remove all that snow once December is over? (Magic?)