This day has finally arrived and I was able to visit the The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour. It is based just outside London, in Watford Junction, just 20 minutes by train from Euston Station. I got an invitation for this tour as a Christmas gift but have been waiting for a sunny weather to go because a part of the exhibition is outdoors (turned out to be a small portion of the experience but still it is nicer to travel without dark clouds and rain!). I think it is an ultimate day out for entire family. Both kids and adults find the exhibition interesting. In the end of the day we all love Harry Potter books and movies.
The tour started with where we kick off the Harry Potter story – 4 Private Drive and Harry’s little room under the stairs.
After watching the introductory movie featuring three main characters, we were taken to Hogwarts’ Great Hall.
There were many rooms that were original sets of the movie, including Gryffindor common room and Snape’s potion room.
We were also able to admire the interiors of the Burrow, the Weasley’s family home as well as the spells the Mom was using for chopping and doing the dishes!! Wish I knew them myself!
We were then exploring the interiors of the Ministry of Magic. The set included the main scuplture with the infamous slogan “Magic is Might” as well as Dolores Umbridge’s office and pink outfits.
Walking our way through the Ministry of Magic we could see Voldemort’s and his Death Eaters’ outfits used in the movies.
There even was Thomas Riddle’s grave.
To protect yourself from the black magic you could attend the class and learn a few useful spells and moves.
The exhibition allowed us to understand the production behind all of the Harry Potter movies. We were shown not only the different digital effects that had been used but also more old fashioned make up and design techniques.
Here is by far my favourite creature from all the HP movies, the plant called Mandrake or Mandragora. The plant has a root that looks like a baby human. According to book when mature, its cry can be fatal to any person!
Another highlight of the exhibition was the the real size Diagon Alley. In the book this wizarding alley and shopping area was located in London behind a pub called the Leaky Cauldron. Inside the alley there was an assortment of restaurants, shops, and other sights. All items on the Hogwarts supply list could be bought at Diagon Alley. The alley was completely hidden from the Muggle world but fortunately now we can admire it on the exhibition!
Beside’s Twin’s Shop with magical sweets and other crazy things, we could explore the inside of the Olivanders Wand Shop.
The tour finished with a model of Hogwarts and its grounds, which was pretty impressive but sadly not a real size.