I solemnly swear I am up to no good.
As you can probably tell from the title of this post I went to the Warner Bro’s Harry Potter Studio Tour in London! I have wanted to go for so long so when my uni’s Harry Potter Society decided to organise a trip up I jumped on the opportunity. Living all the way down in Cornwall, being pretty broke and not driving means trips like these are a godsend. The whole trip including travel and entrance only cost us £60 each which was amazing! It did mean an early start and a late night as we travelled all the way up and back in one day but it was so worth it. We arrived a little early and had a wander around the overwhelmingly massive shop. I picked up a few little bits which I will probably be sharing with you in part 2 (yes I took so many photos and have so much to say that is warrants 2 posts).
This post is going to talk about and show pictures of the tour in more or less chronological order so if you don’t want things like that spoiled for you then don’t read on. This will also be pretty photo heavy because I took rather a lot!
When you enter the tour you go into a cinema screen where you watch a wee movie where Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint talk about their experience working on the movie. For most of it they are standing in front of the door to the great hall and I was totally unprepared for what happened next. When the movie finished the screen rolled up to reveal the actual door to the great hall!!! I am a super emotional and sentimental person and I started happy-crying. I just thought it was so magical that you start your journey by going through that door just like they did.
The great hall was awesome, with bits and bobs for each house and the teachers costumes displayed at the front of the hall. It was really weird to look up and just see the studio ceiling instead of the magical, changing ceiling you see in the movies.We obviously had to take a selfie in the Mirror of Erised. I suppose what my hear truly desires is friendship.
The huge swinging pendulum clock was petty impressive. I could have stood there for days, calmly mesmerized by its motion. I call this “Selfie with my bestie!”. I love the fat lady so just had to scoop up this chance. interesting fact- Dawn French, who plays the fat lady in Prisoner of Azkaban is going to be sworn in as the Chancellor of Falmouth University on Thursday, pretty rad!
Dumbledore’s office was incredible. So many little details that you don’t notice when you watch the movie. I mean all of the portraits are hand painted, imagine how long that must have taken! There are so many shiny, wonderful bits and bobs in cabinets all around, it really was a work of art to behold. There’s even a little window at the back that you can look through and see the little lounge bit right at the back. Even though it’s very background in the movies it’s still there and still looks stunning. Although you didn’t get to enter the office through the amazing statue/door we still got to pose in front of it. Selfie in potions class. The potions class room was really awesome with lots of cauldrons filled with steaming green potions with enchanted spoons magically stirring them.It was so cool to be next to such detailed and pretty large props. Sadly none of us can speak parseltounge so we couldn’t access the Chamber of Secrets.Yes, Umbridge is a mega-bitch but she does have great taste in colours and cat plates! I will take 10 please! We were lucky enough to be some of the first people to experience the new Hogwarts Express exhibition. I was majorly excited to have my picture taken running through the wall at Platform 9 3/4. So fun and so silly.
Standing next to the actual Hogwarts express with horns and smoke just felt unreal. It felt like we really were just about to board a train and go onwards to our magical education. The train was pretty cramped when we got inside but it was pretty cool. Each carriage represents a different movie, with little props hinting at each one. My favourite part was right at the end when to my delight a glimpsed the Honeydukes trolley and couldn’t help but say “Anything off the trolley dears?”.
There was even little fake booths you could sit in which simulated the ride to Hogwarts including escaping chocolate frogs and dementors attacking! It was pretty cool and make a perfect photo opportunity.
I will leave this post here as after this we sat down in the cafe and had a spot of tea. I will be posting part 2 soon so keep your eyes peeled.