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Harry Potter Studio Tour

On Friday I went on the Harry Potter Studio Tour with family as a belated birthday treat. The tour is in the film studio where all the films were made and showcases the sets, costumes and props from the films. You get a fixed time-slot but you walk around the tour yourself. We had to wait a while to get in and in the queue you can view the cupboard under the stairs where Harry lived:


Once you’re let in, you see a short film and when it ends, the screen rolls up to reveal the doors that lead into the Great Hall:


The tables were laid for dinner and they had costumes for each of the houses at the house tables. This was the Gryffindor section:


At the top of the room is the teacher’s table with mannequins wearing the costumes:


You are led out of the hall and then you can walk around two indoor sets and one exterior set filled with HP goodies. The lighting is a bit dark so excuse the photo quality. It’s amazing how small the sets are in real life and shows how clever cameras can be. Here are some of my favourite sets (the boys dorm, the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s office, Umbridge’s office and The Burrow):






Outside, we got to see the Ford car, no.4 Privet Drive, and the bridge at Hogwarts:





The second interior set shows you the creatures and how they were made and then you step into Diagon Alley filled with the shops from the films:





You then walk into the grand finale of the tour – the model of Hogwarts. They actually used this in the shots of the castle in the films adding in the countryside behind it and using clever camera angles to make it look like a full size castle. The model itself is huge and intricate and they change the lighting so you can see it in the daytime and nighttime:



The tour was lots of fun and I’d recommend it even if you’re not a massive HP fan. The tour ends in the shop predictably and it was very expensive. I was also disappointed that most of the items were for young boys – what about big girls Warner Bros?! I brought a poster of myself dressed as a wizard having escaped from Azkaban and we got a group shot flying in the Ford car. You can also have one taken on a broom. We spent about three hours in the studio and then headed home for food and bed.

I might have to accept now that my birthday is over 😦

Mischief Managed!



16 thoughts on “Harry Potter Studio Tour”

  1. I am so jealous! This looks like the COOLEST tour ever! It’s funny that the sets are so much smaller than you expected them to be. I was so excited to go visit the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios in Florida…they really made Diagon Alley look just like it does in the movie! But I would flip out if I got to see the actual set….thanks for sharing the pictures!

  2. I would love to do this. I hate giftshops that don’t have stuff for me. 😦 Or that are overpriced. But the attraction sounds AMAZING! So jealous!

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