Recently we were very kindly asked if we would review Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making Of Harry Potter and so Beth and I were over the moon!! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and watching these epic films from the start however being 2.30 – 3 hours drive away we have never been to the tour…. Also With Ollie (hubby) only ever watching half a film it was touch and go to being able to go!
On arriving our Sat Nav told us we had arrived when in fact we had not, although we used the postcode given on the website our Sat Nav still decided that we were going to an office building, thankfully the signs on the estate were really helpful so we arrived without any meltdowns to a fantastic car park with everything signposted easily.
The entrance to the tour is set with all the info and help you will ever need, coffee shop, info points, gift shop and toilets. While lining up to enter you get to see the car, the famous Ford Anglia floating in the sky and there are some amazing pictures of the cast suspended round the room.
At the start of the tour you are taken through to a room with frames hung round that starts a showing of information on how it shot to be one of the nations most loved set of films.
You are then lead through to a cinema where a film of Harry, Hermione and Ron explain what it was really like there at the studios, growing up and acting out these amazing films. It really got me quite emotional to see the little them and then them 10 years on having grown up pretty much on set.
The tour entailed being led into the great hall, seeing all the magic that is in that most spectacular room really blew me away. You could see the uniforms and clothing for all the students and see the grandeur for yourself, in this room I was in total awe and it got me so so excited for the rest of the tour.
Now at this stage I did worry I lost Ollie with parts of the films being mentioned, however he is now wanting to watch them all back to back to catch up! so even though he didn’t start a fan the tour really has got him interested in the films!
Now no matter what bit of a film or a film in general you like there really is something for everyone, with props and scenes from the Yule Ball, Gryffindors Boys Dorm, The Common Room, Dumbledor’s Office, The Potions Classroom, Hagrid’s Hut, The Burrow and Umbridge’s Ministry of Magic Office to name just a few. It really was amazing to see the detail that went into the sets with these stunning props and costumes.
There is even a section that you can have a video made of you on a broomstick or the Ford Anglia car .. all while sitting in a green area, it was so super clever. (there is a charge if you wanted to buy a video or photo)
In the Backlot there is also a chance to buy food (or eat food you brought with you) however the prices were in my opinion quite steep. £4.99 for a sandwich is OK if there is only 1 or 2 of you, however with a family it would be very costly and it is worth baring this in mind.
The last part of the tour was really impressive with the creature shop where you can see how they were made and created to what we got to see on the screen, Beth found this bit super interesting as did Ollie.
The final parts of the tour were the ones that most people will remember form the films, Diagon Alley was just stunning with the real cobbles and shops that were seen in the films. However in my opinion the most breathtaking part of the tour for me was without a doubt the stunningly beautiful Hogwarts Castle model which was intricately detailed and took 86 crew members to create it. We spent quite some time in here as there was so much information on how it was created it was really fascinating.
This I have to say was absolutely one of our favourite trip over recent years. Even Ollie who was not a Harry Potter fan previously thoroughly enjoyed it and we will most certainly be going again in the future…. Just stunning.
Disclaimer: We were admitted free of charge for the purposes of reviewing and received some complimentary Harry Potter gifts, although all opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.