To start off this entry I should warn you that there may be some Harry Potter studio spoilers. We turned up to the studios an hour and a half before our time slot which was 1pm. When we got there it was surprisingly busy for a Monday afternoon and there were people from all over the place like America and Norway. To kill a bit of time we headed straight for the gift shop, which as you’d expect was amazing and overpriced, then sat in the cafe for a bit which sadly was not HP themed.
We watched a little intro video once we were in and when that had finished the screen shot up and revealed the doors to the great hall which was impressive and made me want to applaud but I held back. Inside the great hall were the tables the students eat at and costumes of teachers, ghosts and students. We saw the house point counter which is behind the teachers table on the right which can be seen in the film but I had never seen before.
As we made our way around we went through different aspects of the films like the costumes, robotics used for creatures and monsters, graphics, architectural blue prints of Hogwarts and a lot more. My favourite part of the tour was the bit outside with the large sets used in the film like the front of 4 Privet Drive, the Potters House at Godrick’s Hollow with a massive hole in the roof from the Voldemort’s spells, a big chunk of the wooden bridge and this is where we tried Butterbeer.
Another highlight of the tour was Diagon Alley which was as big as it looks on screen. Once the tour was over we went back to the gift shop and were very indecisive about what to buy. After going through phases of wanting a quaffle, to a wand, to gloves, to mugs, to a Hogwarts uniform jumper I bought a Gryffindor scarf and a Deathly Hallows t-shirt which both probably cost about £5 to make but cost £45 to buy.
It was a tough decision to choose which house scarf I was best suited to. I was thinking which house I think I would’ve been in but couldn’t decide, then moved onto my favourite characters which are Bellatrix Lestrange, the Malfoys and Ron Weasley so I was leaning towards Slytherin at one point. In the end I chose Gryffindor as I like Ron and Professor McGonogall plus it went well with the coat I was wearing that day.
Thoughts from this week:
- If I win the lottery I am building Hogwarts
- The Winter Wonderland in London felt like a preview of the upcoming ski season
- I’m looking forward to moving away from the rain to the snow in a week
- Saw a new side of London this week as a girl threw up three times on the late night tube
- Harry Potter studios makes me want to go into the film industry