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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour: Where the magic of the movies comes to life.

| Kids | 11/07/2013

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour
Harry Potter Studio Tour Entrance

On entering the Harry Potter Studio Tour, one thought comes immediately to mind, can the Leavesden studio bring the magic of the movies to life? The answer is quite simply, yes, and in quite a spectacular style. From the moment you enter the studio through the Great Hall, you immediately find yourself immersed, and transported into the magical world of Harry Potter. The tour is not just a behind-the-scenes look at how the films were created, it’s a full inside-the-scenes, access all areas type of tour.

The magic of the movies not only comes to life, but it’s exhibited in such a way that you can touch, feel, and taste the magic, of the much loved motion picture. The tour very much gives you a hands on-experience of Harry’s world; you’re able to walk across the stone floor of the Great Hall, and the cobbles of Diagon Alley, and there’s even the chance to explore Dumbledore’s Hogwarts office.

Dumbledore's Office

Dumbledore’s Office

A positive aspect of the studio tour is that the operators have recognised that this being a self-guided tour, and given the highly probable chance, that not every visitor will be fully tuned on their Harry Potter knowledge; therefore the operators have placed a helpful placard to each, and every item in the tour, which equips you with all the knowledge that you need to progress without encountering any problems. But if you do encounter a problem, there are always the slightly over-enthusiastic tour guide team that are always on hand to offer help.

One of the best aspects of the tour is that it allows you to see the intricate and craftsmanship that was involved in bringing J.K. Rowling’s book to life. Crafted film props such as the Goblet of Fire, the Horcruxes, and the sword of Gryffindor to name but a few are all on display. Costumes including Hermione’s Yule Ball dress and Ron’s scruffy and rather memorable dress are also delicately presented.

The tour also gives you the opportunity to see the animatronics that were used by the Creative Effects team, that brought Buckbeak the Hippogriff, Aragog the giant spider, and Fawkes the Phoenix to name a few of the many creatures of the series to life.

Tom Riddle Grave

Tom Riddle Grave

Adding to your magical experience is the opportunity to ride a broomstick, and experience the thrills of Quidditch hands on. And there’s even the chance to drive the infamous blue Ford-Anglia that Harry and Ron crashed into the Whomping Willow. There’s one thing being able to see and actual experience the magical world of Harry Potter, but an extra bonus of this unique tour, is that you are given the opportunity to taste a part of Harry’s world, the famous butterbeer.

Though, the cynics will argue that it’s a good marketing ploy to position the butter beer stand right in the middle of the tour, as it provides the perfect opportunity to take a break. But you’ll find you can’t resist one when you take in the surroundings; the tour takes you outside to walk down Privet Drive, and (if it’s not raining) across Hogwarts Bridge, and where it all began for Harry, his home in Godricks Hollow.

Hogwart's Bridge

Hogwart’s Bridge

The Harry Potter Studio Tour showcases both the craftsmanship and creativity that made the series a worldwide phenomenon. I went into the tour thinking that it would be difficult for the tour operators to bring the magic of the movies to life. But, give praise where it’s due; the studio tour brings the world of Harry Potter to life, in ways that you wouldn’t think possible.

For every fan of the series, the Harry Potter Studio Tour at Leavesden is an experience that you’ll never forget. You’ll end your day at the tour feeling extremely satisfied (when you consider the high entry price), and you’ll never want the magic to end.


For more information on the tour visit, or visit the What’s on London Harry Potter Studio Tour events page.

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