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Note: This post is strictly for wizards (Harry Potter fans), muggles not allowed!
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This is the beginning of the journey to the making of Harry Potter where you can discover the actual sets, clothes, and props used in the movie. This Studio Tour in London is one of the many magical tours led by the Harry Potter team. You will be amazed to know that a fan spent a record time of 14 hours inside this Studios enjoying every aspect of the tour whereas the normal look and go tour will take approx 4 – 5 hours. I wonder what was the level of his curiosity that made him stay inside for 14 hours! There must be something more inside that I have missed.
I will not be surprised if I did because there are so many things to do inside the Harry Potter Studios. One can even ride the broom and get clicked. Yes, you read that right. You will get to know the techniques used behind the scenes and check out all the cool stuff used in the movie.
This post is more about pictures. Let’s start from the start, this studio in London is at Watford Junction. You will have to take a Rail (Like West Midlands) to this station. Mind you, Oyster card is not enough to reach here. You will need other cards to get some discounts on your actual ticket prices.
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Just get down here and head out of the station. Gather near the bus stop and soon you will see a bus covered with Harry Potter posters reaching towards you. You will have to pay 2 Pounds approx per person to ride this bus(to and back) to the studios.
Grab a seat and get comfortable as it takes around 10 minutes to reach the Studios.
Get your tickets booked online, give the printed copy of confirmation to the person at the ticket collection counter and get your actual entry tickets.
Get in the queue, pass the security and make your way to the wonderful experience that awaits you. The fun starts as you enter, you will see the walls of the entire path made like the Marauder’s map. Look at it, it is amazing.
A glimpse of Harry ad the Marauder’s map from the movie
As you come to the hall’s entrance, you will see a food court right at the entrance because once you are inside you will not find anything to eat. Prepare your tummies for your tour. You can deposit your bags for free at the luggage counter and collect it after the tour.
The Triwizard cup marks the entrance to the studios. Hold your horses as you will soon be amazed.
Do you remember this small room under stairs? This is Harry’s room where he spent most of his time at Dursley’s.
From here you will be greeted by a staff member who will brief you quickly about do’s and don’t and then will take you to a seated auditorium.
The stage looks like the following and you can’t imagine what lies behind these doors. Any guesses?
This door leads to the majestic hall where the all the wizards used to gather. Amazing, right? Do you remember how the ceiling was adorned by candles or other props and gave it a look of high rise floor? Well, the actual height of the room is as shown in the picture and all of that was done by effects. Experiencing this hall was one of my favourite moments of the tour.
Once you click all the pictures you want, the staff members demonstrate a scene for you from the Goblet of the fire, when the cup throws a chit with Harry’s name. Watch this video:
A glimpse of the hall from the movie
This is the collection of the wands that were used in the movie.
Not only this, but you can also learn some cool wand fights.
This is the common room for Gryffindor.
Harry and friend’s room
Do you remember this scene?
I wish I could stand on these stairs and get clicked but sadly that isn’t allowed.
Yes, even Dumbledore’s office is there. I wish I could meet the Phoenix bird as well.
See what I found in the office – the Pensieve – from which Dumbledore saw past memories after storing them. I got a chance to review a few memories as well.
This was the vehicle used by Harry and friends in Gringotts. Do you remember? Just before they fought that Dragon in the seventh part.
Know it all – behind the scene tricks!
Ready to open the chamber of secrets?
The Burrow, house of the Weasley’s.
Tom Riddle’s gravestone and he has caught me!
These walls are from the Ministry of Magic and the clothes worn by the characters.
The forbidden forest
My favourite, Hagrid!
These webs just remind of Ron’s face, haha!
I bet, you can’t recall this. If you do then just leave a comment. I will tell you if it is right or not. Can’t wait to read your thoughts.
This is not even half of the tour. There are so much more things left, even in this section.
Continue reading to part II of this post – Studio Tour Harry Potter – The Making
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