Yesterday J and I headed off to the Warner Bros Studio Tour at Leavesden Studios to see The Making of Harry Potter. We were very, very excited.
|Here we are!|
Lots of car parking when we arrived and you are directed to spaces, Disney style. Our entrance was at 5.30pm so the place wasn't too busy.
We couldn't believe it when we were standing just by the large chess pieces outside as a shout went up and running into J's arms was her cousin! Who'd have thought it. She had just come out and said it was brilliant.
|It's a nice scarf|
The Every Flavour Beans were also a bit of a shock at just shy of £10 a box. We didn't fancy finding they had lots of earwax, vomit or earthworm flavour either. Call us picky.
We also loved the house cloaks. Excellent for a fancy dress party but at almost £80 each, again it was a luxury we were never going to use. In fact, you could buy pretty much every house colour full uniform there. Amazing.
Some of the masks, charms and wands were lovely to see. Here is a selection of them. They were £25 each but I would only buy one if they did real magic - sadly they didn't.
|L-R: Harry, Hermione, Ron|
|This Quidditch game is easy|
At the entrance to the next stage were some more chess pieces. They really are magnificent as you can see.
|Heads without bodies|
We then all the technical drawings for different parts of the set. Some of these pieces were then made out of paper.
Original artwork was on the walls next. I wonder what it is worth?
Round the corner to some more paper pieces. I never made anything like this out of paper at school!
|Whomping Willow - made of paper|
Lastly, the wands. All the boxes are individually made and there is one for every person who was involved with Harry Potters - writer, cast and crew - from J.K. Rowling through to the driver of the Hogwarts Express and every cameraman, electrician and make-up artist. Amazing to see.
The Harry Potter tour is a must for any fans. The tickets may well seem expensive but it is worth it. We went for the basic entry ticket. We didn't need a guide book and we didn't hire the digital guide and we really didn't miss out. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, get yourself along.