Tuesday, I visited Warner Brothers Studios in Watford for the Harry Potter Studio Tour during their “Hogwarts in the Snow” period. It was great fun and gave a lot of insight into the making of the Harry Potter films. I took TON(NE)S of photos (not all of which are included here, so you can stop panicking). Therefore, if you haven’t been yet and don’t want to see any of what they’ve got prematurely, feel free to skip this post 🙂
Before the tour, which is self-guided, properly began, we were shown two short video introductions. The first was about the explosive popularity of the books (I got a little teary remembering the first time I read Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone as a real life 11 year-old weirdo born in July) and how the first found its way into the hands of filmmakers. The second film was an intro to the tour itself given by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint (which also made me cry a little). They spoke about what it was like to grow up on the set of what are now iconic films with a family of cast and crew members, then welcomed us into the home that was once theirs.
One of the staff then showed us onto the set of the Great Hall which was decked out as expected with fruit and cakes and even flaming Christmas puddings.
Character costumes were on display, including the original worn by an 11 year-old D-Rad! ;____; (insert all the D’aaawwwws here) After our time in the Great Hall, we were set loose to roam the exhibits on our own. So here, I will leave you to check out some more photos.
I highly recommend giving this tour a go! Interesting information is given in fun ways, and there’s so so so much to see. Whether you’re HP obsessed or simply interested in film making, this tour will keep you engaged.
P.S. I saw The Theory of Everything. This was me:
I LOVED IT.
Also, I realized I haven’t written much about books here lately. Expect more geeking out over literature in the near future 🙂