One dreary Sunday morning in a little house with no cupboard under the stairs, a tourist (thats me) read a blog about the Harry Potter Studio Tour, it decided the fate for her next 8 hours – thank you bloggers of the world. Bought the tickets online and then picked up a random kid off the street, who happened to be my darling niece, to justify the outing. I mean how weird would I have looked going to Warner Bros – The Making of Harry Potter without the requisite child? Unfortunately, my niece was a bit young for HP, I think she’d seen one movie so not such a huge fan, but zaps of light and special effects kept her pretty well tuned in nonetheless.
Everything from the movie is right there, set up on set. I snapped some excellent photos then pffft! Camera died of no battery. It’s premature death happened just before walking up Diagon alley – fiddlesticks is what I did not say!
To get to HP Studio Tour – take the train to Watford Junction and a shuttle bus clearly marked with HP signage takes you to the studio door. Prices are a bit exy I thought, especially in the gift shop – hope hubby likes his Hufflepuff tie! ButI just could not bring myself to pay 28GBP for a plastic replica wand. For that I want the real thing, not some muggle make believe!
The best part was saved for last, but I had no battery (see aforementioned disaster), so you’ll just have to go and see it for yourself, I did indeed have tears in my eyes. Just so this blog doesn’t turn into random adventures on holiday, I’ll leave you with gratuitous shots of the costumes and other exhibits. This was a definite must see for those of us whose kids learned to read thanks to JK Rowling.