Experience the Magical World of Harry Potter ⚡
As Harry Potter weekend breaks grow evermore in popularity, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter is a must-visit for all die-hard fans, and the perfect addition to any trip to London. The Leavesden studio was the working set for the Harry Potter films, before being turned into the tour after production ended. Visiting fans are taken on a journey through the place which brought J.K. Rowling’s much-loved characters to life and created a global phenomenon on screen. The tour houses thousands of props, sets, costumes and artwork from the films – many of which were actually used to make up the contents of the Room of Requirement during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
There is absolutely loads to see at the tour, and our guest blogger Lizi has shared her top tips and must-see parts of the tour below:
⚡ Keep it stress free. Harry Potter coach breaks are a brilliant option if you want to explore London during your trip. A coach transfer directly from your hotel makes things a breeze, rather than worrying about navigating your young witches and wizards around the city’s bustling public transport.
⚡ Make it a birthday treat. The tour begins with a short film about how the actors grew up on the set, before entering through the doors to the Great Hall. If you’re there on your birthday, you’ll be asked to open the doors, with the first words Harry heard after he arrived at the school: ‘Welcome to Hogwarts’.
⚡ Take a selfie in the Mirror of Erised. The mirror may not really show you what your heart truly desires, but it makes for a great photo opportunity. In fact, there are photo opportunities all around the tour, which you can then purchase copies of if you so wish.
⚡ Learn how to cast spells. Expert wand choreographers are on-hand for this interactive experience which will teach any budding witch or wizard how to perform their favourite spells.
⚡ See your favourite sets. The tour is an opportunity to see different parts of the castle up close, including Dumbledore’s office, Diagon Alley and Gryffindor Tower. When the Gryffindor boys’ dormitory was first built it was for the 11-year-old actors, as they grew up they had to curl up to fit on the beds during filming.
⚡ Explore the Forbidden Forest. A new addition, the Forbidden Forest is where the giant spider Aragog and his family are waiting to greet you. Did you think that Ron looked genuinely scared of the eight-legged creatures during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? He definitely was as actor Rupert Grint has arachnophobia in real life. For any arachnophobes visiting the tour, there is an alternative route through the forest to avoid the spiders!
⚡ Take home some souvenirs. There are gift shops around the tour, in addition to the large shop in the lobby, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to part with your cash and pick up a chocolate frog or two for your journey home.
Book your trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour with National Holidays, with dates available for the remainder of 2017 and 2018!