I’ve wanted to visit the Harry Potter studios in London for so long, on Monday we took a very short trip to London, which included a visit to the studios! We flew to Luton airport which was then only a 25 minute taxi drive to the studios!
It was magical from the minute we got there, outside is full of posters and new paper printings, giant chess pieces, so much detail has gone into everything. We got our tickets and headed inside, walking through a long passage decorated like the Marauders map with quotes from the movie. We queued up to enter the tour, which didn’t take long at all even with so many people.
The tour starts in the cinema room, were you watch a short clip about all the behind the scenes throughout the movies, the cast talk through some things and then it’s time to go into the self guided tour where you can just go at your own pace, checking out all the sets, costumes and props. There are so many things to see, so many little details, some of the sets that I personally loved seeing where the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid’s hut and the potions classroom.
They have a special Goblet Of Fire exhibition at the minute, with the cup and lots of props on display which was really good to be able to see, I love how they change it up every so often, it means that if I go back sometime there’ll most likely be different things to see!
There’s a lot of interactive things to do as well, picture opportunities in The Three Broomsticks and on the Hogwarts express, as well as flying on a broomstick, these were so fun! You could also practice using a wand and calling up a broomstick, there’s just so much to do.
Platform 9 and 3/4 is so good, the Hogwarts express is huge, and it’s so fun that you can walk through the carriage (although it is a bit cramped) and of course taking pictures going through the wall makes for a really fun experience.
Between the two main set building is the backlot where the cafe is, and probably my favourite thing from the entire experience, ButterBeer, the stuff of dreams! I can’t even explain how good it tastes!
Outside in the backlot is where the night bus, Privet Drive and some of the vehicles from the movie are, we got a picture on Hagrid’s bike and the flying car, but it started to rain then so we didn’t queue to go inside the Privet Drive house, but we did see outside.
The second part after the backlot isn’t as big as the first, but it’s where Diagonal Alley is which is amazing, it looks incredibly magical as you walk along the street, the last this is a huge model of Hogwarts that is beautiful and must have taken so much time to create, I have never been so impressed by something like that.
The whole tour was so magical from start to finish, there is so much to do and see, the gift shop at the end is brilliant, it has so much to choose from, you could definitely spend a lot of money in there!