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The Making of Harry Potter -Warner bros. studio tour London
Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour (London)
Member Name: stacey2911
Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour (London)
Advantages: Price, information,
Disadvantages: Price of the items for sale
The studio is situated in leavesden, post code for sat nav is:- WD25 7GS
I am and always have been and always will be a huge Harry potter fan, I still re read the books and watch the films. I'm a little excited to be writing this review to be honest with you.
9am- 6.30pm times may vary depending in the time of year you visit. Open 7 days a week except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Ticket price 2013 :-
Family (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult 3 children):- £85.00
You can also get a disabled ticket or group tickets, I'm unsure as to how much these are sorry.
Adult Complete studio tour package :- £38.95
You get the entry ticket, souvenir guide and digital guide
Child complete studio tour package :- £31.45
Adult Ticket and wand deal for £60.00
You get the entry ticket and either a Harry,hermione, Ron, Dumbledore or Voldermort wand and first class post
Child ticket and wand deal for £52.50
When choosing your ticket you also pick the day and time you wish to go wihich in my opinion is excellent means, you are not queuing for too long when you arrive.
I purchased the adult complete studio tour package and I would recommend it for any big harry potter fans because it's just amazing, the digital guide explains in full detail about everything that went on behind the scenes and gave a few extra hours of information that you wouldn't have gained throughout the tour. The official guide is full of high quality photos of the whole tour with added information. It's a memory that will last forever.
I arrived at the tour before my allocated time and was pleased that we were allowed to join the queue on e picking up our official guides. We queued for about half an hour. I was very excited, more so than the children there. While queuing there is a cafe to the left and the gift shop to the right and if you look up you can see big portraits of the characters.
You open the doors to the great hall and that is when the adventure starts.
It is set out like it would be in the film you start off in the great hall but with two large long tables, nothing is missing except all the students and the noise, there is a house point counter (good to know Griffindor are in the lead) the owl podium was one of my favourite probs with Dumbledore and the other teachers standing behind. You learn about the props, enchanted ceiling, the chocolate feast and the floating candles. You then move on round to the Gryffindor common room and the boys dormitory which is full of fun facts. Dumbledore office and potions class are also very exciting to see and learn more about. Hagrids hut was a very nice treat, you learnt about the special effects and hidden information
There are many if not all the costumes used from the teachers to the students, my favourite was hermione so dress from the Yule ball even to this day I want it. I liked seeing the difference in costumes from year 1 to year seven, the sizes and style as you can imagine has changed a lot.
My favourite place of all time I loved the Wesley's house if I honest with you I want to live There. Amazing does not describe the amount of detail and quirkyness was in this section. I could have stayed looking at it all day
Another very popular section on the tour, you learn even more about the magical sport which has taking the nation by storm some universities have actually started their own Quidditch team, mine introduced it the year I left so I didn't get to see what a muggle Quidditch game was like.
The ministry of magic and Umbridges office were very impressive and so was the backyard were you can walk over the hogwarts bridge, knock on the door of privet drive, enter the knight bus and have a butter beer -yuck! I did not like the taste at all it was far too sickly for my liking.
The last section of the tour was on the creature shop and how things were made from Aragog to the mandrakes and then you take a walk down Diagon alley, i don't need to describe this you've all seen the movies spectacular you cannot describe the wonders of Diagon Alley. There is also a model of Hogwarts at the end before you exit which shows every little detail of hogwarts
Before heading home I took a trip to the gift shop, I was like a child at Christmas I only purchased a chocolate frog as I had my official guide and I didn't want to spend too much as everything was so expensive but next time I visit I'll be buying more
You learn a lot about the visual effects, special effects, film effects as you can imagine there were a lot during the films.
I think as a viewer of the Harry potter films we take for granted the amount of hard work and effort and hours of work that go into each scene and prop, we might only see a prop for a second but the creative team would have spent days if not weeks/months making something look amazing
I would recommend visiting the warner bros studio if you are a fan or harry potter because I loved it, possibly one of my favourite places to visit. The average time it takes to look at everything is 3hours. Everyone will enjoy this place and you can take photos, I took loads of everything. They have special events on as well at different times of year
Ghostly goings on is 19th October- 3rd November
Hogwarts in the snow is 15th November- 6th January
I missed out on both of these unfortunately?
"The stories we love best do live in us forever, so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." JK Rowling
Summary: A magical day out to be enjoyed by all
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