Last week, Holly and I visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London to see The Making of Harry Potter. As we’re both big Harry Potter fans, we had a great time seeing all of the props, conceptual art, clothing and learning about how it all came together! Obviously, I couldn’t resist taking photographs as we wandered about, but due to the barriers (and of course, all of the other fans wandering around) they’re more “snaps” than anything else.
The tour starts off by going into the great hall, which is just as amazing as it looks in the movies. Most of the professors (well, their outfits!) are standing in front of their table at the top of the hall, including Dumbledore at his lectern as you can see above. As Hagrid is my favourite character, I had to take a photo of his outfit!
Throughout the rest of the tour you get to see other sets: classrooms, dormitories, Dumbledore’s office, Privet Drive, the Weasley’s kitchen, Hagrid’s hut… Whilst looking at the sets, you get to see all of the lovely details (all of those tiny bottles in the potions class, ah!) and then later on in the tour, you get to see how each of the sets is planned. It’s amazing.
One sad thing was the fact that taking photos was fairly difficult, due to the aforementioned barriers. I think it would have been really fun if they could have re-created some props/sets which you could queue up to “pose in” (so the real ones don’t get worn-out/ruined). They did have the Weasley car and broomsticks to pose on, but that didn’t really feel like enough (also, Holly and I wanted to be on broomsticks together in a photo – much more fun than a photo of you on your lonesome!).
One of my favourite things was seeing the model of Hogwart’s castle (above). Whoah.
One cute thing was being able to buy a glass of butterbeer! It tasted rather sweet and odd, but it was fun to make foam moustaches (!) and have a sit-down between looking at all of the lovely things. All of the merchandise in the shops is on the extremely price-y side (the chocolate frogs were £7.95 and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans were £8.95!) which was a bit of a let-down. I’d also like to grumble about the lack of Hagrid merchandise, but I probably shouldn’t because it meant I saved my pennies..!
In summary, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, gogogo! If you’re not… Well, the sets and props probably won’t make a lot of sense, but if you’ve seen a few or all of the movies, you’ll definitely be able to appreciate the craftmanship and hardwork that went into creating the world of Harry Potter. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I may need to go and watch all of the movies back-to-back…