HARRY POTTER STUDIOS LONDON

VISITING THE HARRY POTTER STUDIOS IN LONDON

The Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, that place where every Harry Potter fan has to pay a visit in its lifetime, and probably the most magical place on earth. This is the actual studio where much of the saga was filmed, so everything you see here are the original props and sets!

Okay, I’m going to confess. I’m not the very best fan of Harry Potter… I have to say that I haven’t seen all the films… Even worse… I have never ever seen the first one, neither the second… you got me… not even the third (Although I was sure that yes before visiting the studios 😅). I have to be the only one 19-year-old in the world who hasn’t been bewitched by Harry Potter…  Worst fan ever.

But no, I’m not a poser. I decided to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter due to my sister’s 18th Birthday, she’s a huuuuge fan of the saga, so I thought it would be the most incredible birthday present. And it was, not only for her but also for me! The true is that you don’t need to be the biggest fan of HP to enjoy its magical world; needless you’ve gotten to see all the films thrice, twice or once in your lifetime, you don’t need to remember all the little details nor who’s the protagonist (maybe this yes, unless you live on another planet, something that wouldn’t make sense). The case is that you will enjoy every second discovering the studios, and you’re going to leave with an overdose of Harry Potter, and once at home, you’ll want to re-watch and re-read all the films and books! In my case, I’m dying to have a little of free time to watch the 3 first films.

Let’s get inside!

Harry Potter Studios London

While you queue to enter, you get to see the cupboard under the stairs where Harry slept for most of his life. The real thing is that it only gets better!

The tour starts off with a 10-minute guided section before becoming free and easy. Screen off and curtain up, and there it is, the entrance to the great hall! Yes, it is real!!! We were so hyped, and then the guide called for all the people in the crowd to make their way to the front. Luckily, my sister was the only one of our time slot in celebrating her birthday. So, she moved to the front and opened the big door to the great hall! Things had only begun, and they couldn’t get better!

Harry Potter Studios London - Great Hall
Harry Potter Studios London

The great hall is so much smaller than it looks in the movies and the ceiling isn’t bewitched, obviously. 😝 In this room, you’ll find the costumes of every Hogwarts house as well as the costumes of Dumbledore, McGonagall, Hagrid, Snape, among other professors. Oh, the Sorting Hat is there too!

Next, you’ll enter the main room and become overwhelmed by the movie magic. You’ll see and learn all about for the next few hours.


Harry Potter Studios London

You can easily spend 2 hours in that same room. Here you will see the real sets for the Gryffindor Common Room, The Boys’ Dorm, the potion classroom, Hagrid’s hut, Dumbledore’s Office, the Ministry of Magic, the Malfoy Manor, and much much much more!

Did you know that they had to make the beds on boys’ dorm longer and longer as the actors grew up throughout the films? What a fun fact right? 😊

There are also a ton of Props, including the Goblet of Fire, which is actually so large and completely carved out of wood, areas dedicated to special effects, and a giant wall of Hogwarts’s famous moving pictures.  You guys have no idea how amazing is the special and visual effects area is. The methods used and the ingeniosity of these guys is mind blowing!

But that list is only scratching the surface…

Harry Potter Studios London Weasley's House

How amazing is the Weasley’s Burrow?! Best of it is that it has some magical objects 😜

Moving on, you arrive at the green screens. Yes, it’s time to pick up your broomstick and fly over Hogwarts!

After doing some silly stuff at the green screens, the tour dumped us to the 9 3/4 platform and the Hogwarts Express train station.

Platform 9 3/4 - Harry Potter Studios LondonHogwarts Express - Harry Potter Studios London

Hogwarts Express was actually a real train before it was bought to be used in the Harry Potter films. How amazing? You are even able to enter the train and walk one of the corridors.

The amount of magic you experience never ends, and I don’t want to spoil it all by telling you everything that you’ll see.

It will take you about two hours (or maybe even more!) to get through the first part of the studio tour.

Butterbeer - Harry Potter Studios London

Time to fuel your body with some food and of course a cup of Butterbeer! Why does everyone love it and I do not? Really, it doesn’t taste as good as they say… haha the only thing I enjoyed about it was the whipped cream on top! At least the mug it comes in is nice to keep… 🙂

Privet Drive - Harry Potter Studios London

That family looks so happy they want to move in! Just kidding. Did you already spot Dobby?

Out here at the backlot, you’ll see the Dursley’s house, the Knight Bus, the famous wooden bridge that leads to Hogwarts and much more!

And you move into the last, but not least, leg of the tour! The next building contains character props such as Hagrid’s and Doby’s head, character replicas and models of, well, just everything.

Oh, it also contains the Diagon Alley!!! Nothing to say that this was my favourite part of all the tour… OMG, I really want to shop, or work, or live at the Weasley’s shop! It’s just as fascinating as it is in the films!

Diagon Alley - Harry Potter Studios LondonHogwarts Castle - Harry Potter Studios London

The huge model of Hogwarts Castle is pretty much the end of the tour.

Leaving the castle room leads you out through a room full of credits, in shape of wand boxes,  for everyone who worked on the set, and then dumps you to the gift shop. Where better you set a budget for souvenirs if you want to leave home with some pounds. Trust me, when you enter the gift shop for the first time, you lose all sense of self-control, and suddenly you want everything you see! If you ask me, the best souvenir you can buy is the Harry Potter Film Wizardry Book.

SOME USEFUL INFORMATION

 

  • You can book your tickets with a tour company. It cost around £65 and includes both transport and entrance to the studios. Perfect if you don’t want to worry about the transport, and if you don’t have in mind spending more than 3 to 4 hours inside the studios.
  • Take the train from London Euston station to Watford Junction (£9 return), before hopping on the two-way Harry Potter themed shuttle bus (£2.50 return) from Watford Junction Station. For me, this is the best way to get to the studios. Cheaper and you have the freedom to explore the studios in the time you want.
  • You can also take a cab (but this will be very expensive)
  • Or drive yourself if you’ve rented a car.
  • Tickets are £39.00 per person (2017). You need to book them online and in advance in order to pick a time and date. Don’t be late! And if you’re late and you’re dying to visit the Studios, just buy a ticket for another day and once at the studios pay £10 more and enter.
  • There’s a cafe inside the studios where you can eat.
  • Do note that the tour is only one-way and you can’t re-enter an area after leaving it.
  • Get your Harry Potter passport! How amazing it’s that?😍 It is included in every child ticket, but if you ask for one, they’ll give you one. It’s funny and a great souvenir!
  • For additional info, check out the WB Studio Tour official website.

 

14 Comments
  • Amanda Keeley-Thurman
    Posted at 17:50h, 07 April Reply

    I haven’t been to our here in Los Angeles, but I am actually most excited about the butterbeer. I hope I enjoy it. I love beer and a whipped top sounds great.

    • Nuria Vidal
      Posted at 22:48h, 07 April Reply

      I didn’t like it, but everyone does, so you probably too! It doesn’t is a normal beer, doesn’t contain alcohol and is so sweet 🙂

  • Danielle Bricker
    Posted at 15:03h, 12 April Reply

    Looks like a very full day! Good to know even non-Potterheads enjoy the tour. My boyfriend was in that awkward teenage phase when the books came out, so he was neither young enough to enjoy them as a kid, nor old enough to not care that they were children’s books, and hasn’t read any of them. Maybe I’ll drag him along someday.

  • Travelling Dany
    Posted at 15:16h, 12 April Reply

    This is my dream! I have a friend who’s a Potterhead and while I’m not as good as him at knowing everything about this verse, I would love to surprise him with a trip there, I bet he’d go insane!

  • Joanna
    Posted at 15:38h, 12 April Reply

    I have not seen all the Harry Potter movies or read the books but I would absolutely love to visit the Warner Bros studios and discover the world of HP. I guess that you don’t have to be a fan in order to turn back to a child and explore eagerly every corner of Hogwarts. The only thing that put me off visiting the studios until now was the high price.

  • Kimberly Erin
    Posted at 17:19h, 12 April Reply

    The tour looks really cool, and the entire thing is set up so well! Its like the world of harry potter came to life AGAIN. ahaha. I am a huge fan so Id love this.

  • Jill Bowdery
    Posted at 18:56h, 12 April Reply

    This is a fabulous and informative post – if I hadn’t already wanted to visit (and I did!) I certainly do now. Thanks in particular for adding the information about how to get there. I had heard the butter beer wasn’t so great, but it seems like plenty of people are buying it which is the main thing! 😜 Thanks for a great post, and hope you get round to the first 3 films quickly…!

  • Lacey
    Posted at 02:56h, 13 April Reply

    Even though I have never seen a Harry Potter film this looks like a lot of fun! Thank you for an inside look! I would have never even known this existed! Very cool!

  • Linn Kjos Falkenberg
    Posted at 08:16h, 13 April Reply

    Haha! Good to know I am not the only one not to have seen the movies. Haven’t even concidered to visit exactly because of that, but now I may have to reconcider. Thanks for the small funfacts as well 🙂

  • Ingrid
    Posted at 19:53h, 13 April Reply

    Haha, I totally feel you, I was around 14 when the first film came out and went to the cinema with some friends but I kind of got bored along the way and had to leave earlier. Many years later (last year for Christmas) I actually have managed to see the first film and I really liked it :)) Now, after reading your article I’m sorry I did not take the time to go and visit this place when I was in London some weeks ago, it really looks very nice and it can be fun even if you’re not a fan 😉

  • The Family Voyage
    Posted at 23:34h, 13 April Reply

    This look amazing! I’m a boderline Potter-head and would really really like to visit.

  • Amy Krigsman
    Posted at 11:27h, 14 April Reply

    I love Harry Potter (maybe not to the extent of some), but I would be more excited about the sets (I’m a big theatre geek). Either way, it looks magical.

  • Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad
    Posted at 23:45h, 24 May Reply

    Ahhhhh it’s so good!! I really want to go back as they’ve added a few new things since I visited, and your photos have really made me want to revisit! I love that stuff like this appeals to people who aren’t even big fans like yourself. 🙂 Goes to show how magic it really is!

    • Nuria Vidal
      Posted at 10:15h, 25 May Reply

      Harry Potter bug bit me when I visited it! It’s truly magical as you say 🙂 And yeaah, these guys can’t stop adding new stuff, you can even take a stroll around the Forbidden forest now

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