Monday, 6 May 2019

Harry Potter Studio Tour (London)

Potions and Dark Magic.
We visited the Harry Potter Studios Tour for my daughter's 6th birthday, and she absolutely loved it. 

After a quick coffee we began our tour.

Following the short video, in the cinema, we made our way through the doors and found the entrance to the Great Hall. As it was Keilyn's birthday, she had the honour of opening the doors to the Great Hall, allowing us to begin the tour proper.

The Great Hall was incredible to see in person and the props and costumes on display are wonderful to see up close. 

From here we went to see some of the other exhibits; costumes, wigs, makeup, Dumbledore's study, Hagrid's Hut, the Potions Lab, the Quidditch area and much more. 

We then entered the Enchanted Forest with its scary spiders that fell from the ceiling, or came out of cavernous holes.

We then found ourselves by the Hogwarts Express steam locomotive and Platform 9 3/4. We then headed to the cafeteria before heading outside to the backlot, where there was even more to see; Harry Potter's house, the Knight Bus, Hogwarts Bridge, the Potter's Cottage, chess pieces, a Ford Anglia and a motorcycle.

Soon we were back inside to see more of the prosthetics, models, costumes, artwork and more. This led us to Gringotts Bank and on to the Bank Vault, before returning us to Gringotts Bank, which was under attack from a Dragon. 

Diagon Alley swiftly followed and led us to more of the conceptual artwork and models, used in the Making of Harry Potter. 

Finally, we arrived at the largest model that I have ever seen. 

We then ended up in the Gift Shop, where you can easily spend a small fortune as the prices are anything but cheap. 

All through the tour you can play a game of 'spot the Golden Snitch'. There are 13 to find, and the last of these is the most difficult. 

All of the staff were knowledgeable, helpful and really made my daughter's birthday a memorable one. 

You will need to set aside a minimum of three hours, to get around the tour, but it is well worth it.


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