To kick off my blog, what better way than to show my recent trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford, London! I’ve been wanting to go to this for absolutely ages, so was so excited when my boyfriend got me tickets as a 21st birthday present. I was equally as excited to be able to use my new camera that I also got for my birthday for the first time, and be able to take more than “practice” pictures.
After a short drive we arrived at the Studios in time for our tour…
And it all began with the start of the books, Harry’s cupboard under the stairs.
It was nice to see where it all started, especially as I have recently been re-reading all of the books since finishing uni. The cupboard was tiny! Poor 11-year-old Harry. After a short introduction from the tour guides and from the stars of Harry Potter themselves (on film only) we made our way into the Great Hall.
The hall was full of mannikins wearing the outfits from some of the characters, as well as mannikins of all of the main teachers at Hogwarts, from Dumbledore to Professor Trelawney. After this we were left to wander around the rest of the tour alone. There was every prop, costume, wig and scene you could possibly remember. My favourite included the Gryffindor common room and dormitories.
And of course we had to get photos at the entrance to Dumbledore’s office
The potions class set was probably one of the best, as it even had cauldrons that stirred themselves! Magical.
And one of my favourite props of all… The Weasley’s clock that shows where people are rather than the time, “Harry knew that Dumbledore was referring to the clock that told, not the time, but the whereabouts and conditions of the various Weasley family members.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
On a not so cheery note, we were greeted by Dementors and the grave of Voldemort’s father…
But we did manage to catch a ride on the Hogwarts Express
After a lot of walking around, we stopped for lunch at the halfway point, and finally got to try some butterbeer! It was very sweet and sickly, but we got some souvenir tankards to remember it by.
We then caught a lift on the Knight Bus and finally made our way to Number 4, Privet Drive
The next part of the tour included all the props of the various characters and magical creatures involved in the film series. It was amazing to look back on all the different ones, ranging from Fawkes, Dobby, to the Hungarian Horntail and Aragog.
And finally we made it into Diagon Alley
And onto Hogwarts…