I, along with several billion other people, am obsessed with Harry Potter (still waiting for my Hogwarts letter…).
I knew that coming back to London the second time, I had to visit the Warner Brother’s Studio. The studio houses tons of different props, sets and spaces used during the filming of the movies. Needless to say, I started crying as soon as we got there.
From London, we had to get to Watford Junction Station, in order to catch the Harry Potter shuttle bus to the studio. The bus was very crowded but I didn’t care. Be forewarned though, this is a popular school trip attraction so expect lots of small children. The price of the studio tour is pretty steep, it was roughly 70$ Canadian but that is also due to our crappy exchange rate.
I took a million photos of the studio because I knew my sister would kill me if I didn’t but there is so much to see that it can be impossible to look at everything! Firstly, the Great Hall is pretty much the most amazing thing ever. Even for the common muggle, being inside the Great Hall is a tearjerker.
They also show you the Gryffindor Common Room, Snape’s classroom, and sets from the Burrow, amongst other, smaller sets. My favourite one was definitely little Harry’s cupboard under the stairs from the first few films.
There are a million props used throughout the 8 films but some of them were incredibly recognizable, i.e. the Goblet of Fire. They have them displayed throughout the entire studio, grouped into sections based on which film they were used in. They also have an entire room devoted to the animals used in the film, i.e. the Basilisk head, goblin masks, the Hippogriff…
They also have all the costumes displayed throughout the studio as well. My favourite was Hermione’s dress from the Yule Ball (fourth film).
Once you’re through the studio, you enter into an amazing gift shop with a million different things to buy. I had to buy a Gryffindor scarf (even though all signs point to Slytherin for me) and some of the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans (“and they mean every flavour”). We also stopped and had some amazing Butterbeer (see here for how to make your own!) in the cafeteria, then checked out some of the outside sets, i.e. the Knight Bus, 4 Privet Drive, The Hogwarts Express…
For anyone who is a fan of the Harry Potter movies I highly recommend making the trek out to the Warner Brother’s Studio. You will want to immediately re-watch all of the films!
Thanks for reading!