Warner Bros. Studio Tour for the second time, the first time I went it was April but I wanted to visit again during winter as they do ‘Hogwarts at Christmas’ where they bring out all the festive props and put snow everywhere. I wanted a second visit as the first time I think I was too excited to look at things properly and I missed lots of bits out. After going twice though I don’t think I need to go again, not for a while anyway…
The first place you enter after the cinema is the Great Hall, it’s truly amazing in there and it was used for all 7 of the films it is featured in. I loved seeing all the props on the tables and how much detail everything had, I obviously enjoyed the Slytherin area most of all. You don’t get long in the Great Hall as other tours are happening but you can go back in there once the next tour has come in. I like The Big Room best as it’s where all the different sets are, all the little props are in there too. I also like Diagon Alley but it feels a little rushed in there as it’s a walkway to other parts of the tour. The outside exhibits were much more enjoyable in summer and the daytime. I wasn’t particularly fussed by the Art Department & Creature Effects but that area shows how the special effects were achieved and how the animatronic creatures work. The area which makes most people go wow is the Model Room, this is where the model of Hogwarts is that is used in the films, it is huge and is so detailed it’s quite breath taking. When we went in January it was covered in snow too which made it look even more magical. The Hogwarts model is the last part of the tour before the shop, the shop is amazing it sells pretty much everything a Harry Potter fan could ever need clothes, mugs, sweets, wands, books, school uniform… It is very pricey though so if you’re planning a visit I’d save up some money to buy a souvenir.
I would say that if you are a Harry Potter fan that the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is a must-see it’s a great day out and leaves you feeling excited about HP again. I have had to go and watch the films again after each time I’ve visited the studio tour to see if I can spot any of the things I saw ‘backstage’.
- Tickets cost £30 for adults, £22.50 for children and a family ticket will set you back £89
- The nearest train station is Watford Junction and you can catch the Harry Potter bus from there for £2 return
- Tours are bookable from 9 til 6:30 and the exhibition closes at around 10pm
- Open every day except Christmas and Boxing Day
- There are several seasonal surprises throughout the year including: Animal Actors, Feathers and Flight, Wand Week and Christmas at Hogwarts
Have you visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour yet?