The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

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 making of Harry Potter Warner Bros studio

The tour started with where  we kick off the Harry Potter story – 4 Private Drive and Harry’s little room under the stairs.

Harry Potter house

After watching the introductory movie featuring three main characters, we were taken to Hogwarts’ Great Hall.

Great Hall Hogwarts

Harry Potter costumes

Dumbledore

There were many rooms that were original sets of the movie, including Gryffindor common room and Snape’s potion room.

Griffindors chambers

Snapes potions room

magical potions

potions

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!

Weasleys house

Weasley kitchen

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.

Ministry of Magic

Ministry of Magic Magic is Might

Ministry of Magic sculpture

Ubridge

Ubridge office

Walking our way through the Ministry of Magic we could see Voldemort’s and his Death Eaters’ outfits used in the movies.

Voldemort and death eaters

death eater

There even was Thomas Riddle’s grave.

Voldemort grave

To protect yourself from the black magic you could attend the class and learn a few useful spells and moves.

Harry Potter wand class

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.

Harry Potter masks

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!

Mandrake plant Harry Potter

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!

Diagon Alley Twins shop

Beside’s Twin’s Shop with magical sweets and other crazy things, we could explore the inside of the Olivanders Wand Shop.

Harry Potter wands

The tour finished with a model of Hogwarts and its grounds, which was pretty impressive but sadly not a real size.

Hogwarts

Hogwarts grounds