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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making Of Harry Potter

Harry Potter Scale Model Hogwarts CastleHave you ever admired somewhere without it actually dawning on you that you could visit there yourself?  That's been my situation with the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London; forever lusting after that famous scale model of Hogwarts Castle and yet never making the time to visit.  Anyway, after having watched all seven films in 48 hours in December with my brother, we decided to book tickets to immerse ourselves in all things Harry Potter by setting off for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London! Enter the Wizarding World...
Harry Potter Grand Hall at Studio Tour
Blog review Harry Potter Studio Tour Grand Hall
Warner Bros Studio Tour London Frames
Although I was looking forward to the studio tour, I seriously hadn't prepared myself for how amazing it would be!  More than anything, I loved the unanimous sense of enthusiasm and cocktail of languages heard at every turn.  After a brief film played out in a small cinema hinting at what was to come, as well as showing a few behind-the-scenes clips of life on set, the doors to the Grand Hall opened and started what became three and a half hours of pure magic (excuse the pun).
What to expect at the Harry Potter Studio Tour London
Magic Stirring Cauldrons at Harry Potter Studio Tour London
Green Tile Ministry of Magic Fireplaces Harry PotterHaving browsed various Harry Potter related hashtags on Instagram beforehand (as you do), I was really looking forward to checking out the steam-pumping Hogwarts Express, as well as pushing my way through Platform 9 3/4!  In hindsight, it looks as though I'm ditching the trolley through the wall and ready to make a run for it in the opposite direction, but surely that warrants another trip to the Studio for a second attempt at some point?!
Harry Potter Hogwarts Express at London Studio
Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Platform 9 3/4
Room of Flying Letters at Harry Potter Studio Tour LondonBooking an evening slot was definitely the right decision, as it meant that when the tour momentarily moved outside, it was done so under the cover of darkness - very atmospheric!  I'll admit, with so many memories from the film dotted around, I got goosebumps at that point, and not only because I'd just finished a tasty Butter Beer Ice Cream.

From there, you're taken back indoors where you discover the illuminated row of shops (amazing!),  fascinating information on the animatronics used, a scale model of Hogwarts Castle and finally a huge display of wand boxes.  Interestingly, the wand boxes lined up in Ollivander's Wand Shop were each individually engraved and even more interestingly, were engraved with the names of everyone who worked on the film sets!  Who knew?!
Harry Potter Studio Tour London Knight Bus
The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Harry Potter Studio Tour Wand Box Display
Scale Model of Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
Needless to say, I'm hugely pleased we ended up booking tickets after our Harry Potter film marathon! With so many things being praised, it's difficult to know whether some tours/exhibitions are worth the hype - trust me when I say this IS worth the hype.

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With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. I’m so jealous! It looks so magical! Were you able to purchase any wands? I went to Hogsmeade & Diagon Alley in USJ & bought a bunch of wands from the store there (no idea why, I just had to have them haha) but I suppose since you visited the actual studio, probably not. I love the photo of you going through the platform! & how great is butterbeer! Is it what you thought it would taste like? Butterbeer ice cream sounds amazing!

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    1. Having tried both, I can confirm the ice cream is WAY better - it tasted a little bit like.. a faint caramel?!

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  2. Oh what an amazing experience! Want to go there so badly ♥

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  3. I didn't even realise this existed! How cool. Can't tell you how many photos I've seen of people pushing trolleys through station walls hahaha. Is there another set up of this somewhere in London because I could swear I've seen shots of that platform at an actual station?! Either way this looks like such a worthwhile visit.

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  4. Great pictures, I'm glad you had a good time! I live quite close by so have been a couple of times and it always makes for a fun day out!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  5. I've always wanted to go and see it!! Hopefully soon - lovely photos x

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  6. I have always wanted to visit The Making Of Harry Potter and it looks truly magical in your photos. I haven't actually seen all the films so maybe I will have to rope my boyfriend into a Harry Potter marathon as well and try and get him to come with me on the tour! x

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  7. Gabrielle, this tour looks insanely good! I went to Universal Studios in the U.S., but it seems like nothing compares to this in London. Butter beer ice cream sounds divine! I am obsessed with your boots - beautiful as usual! xx

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  8. I'm really not a fan of Harry Potter (I feel like the only one ;) ), but this place still looks incredible. I would love to visit :)
    Nati xx
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  9. So magical!

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  10. Oh Gosh, Everything looks so beautiful...I really love your outfit,and I think you can make anything look stunning...babe...xoxo, NEHA

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  11. I truely want to visit it one day ! It seems so amazing !
    Thanks to share theses awesomes pictureS.
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  12. Have heard so much good about the tour and friends loving it! Would love to visit of course as Harry Potter is the best kind of magic haha! Xx

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  13. You do know all the best spots in London, do you??? Another wonderful discovery! We should visit some place together one day!
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    1. Ah thanks so much Kira - though I feel in the dark to most of the best places in London! Totally, I'd love that!

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  14. Gaa, you post the coolest things!!!!!! SO JEALOUS!!!! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  15. I went here with my friends two years back and it was amazing, I'm not a huge HP fan but they are and it was part of the gift but I felt like binge watching HP by the end of it. Every room is spectacular and the end is beyond amazing, that build was just something else!Have a great day :)

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  16. Omgoshhhhhh!! This place looks incredible, Gabrielle! My mouth literally dropped looking at your photos! I went to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios but it doesn't compare to this at all!!

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  17. Wow this looks amazing! I absolutely loved the HP books and movies. Definitely need to add this to my 'To Do' list next time we're in London!

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  18. Butter beer ice cream?! Where do I sign up! That is so much looking! Love Harry Potter at Universal Orlando so this would be up my family alley.:)

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  19. Harry Potter is truly amazing and still one of my favorites even after all these years... I just recently rewatched all 8 movies over the holidays! I am so jealous of your tour, thinking I need to do this next time I'm in London!!

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  20. This studio tour literally looks like you are stepping into the movie, which is all kinds of magic!!! It all looks incredible and I love that you can literally have a beer butter icecream etc. I love the photo of you entering platform 9 and 3/4

    Rachel xx
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  21. I agree that the studio tour is worth the hype. I went on the tour about two years ago and although I can tell things have changed over time I still absolutely loved it when I went as well. It's a must see for any die hard potter fans for sure.

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  22. OMG I am feeling so envious! I have always been a huge fan of Harry Potter, and WB Harry Potter Tour has always been on my bucket list. It must have been exciting having a look at behind-the-scenes, and looking at everything up-close. The ambiance and everything are sooo Harry Potter-ish, it looks like you're entering the wizardry world! Great photos, I love 'em!

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  23. I am so jello, I love harry potter, wow! :) xx

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  24. This looks like such a fun experience and must have been even better after having watched all 7 Harry Potter movies in only 48 hours (seriously impressed!).

    Miriam
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  25. It's so awesome that you were able to visit during the evening. It makes everything feel so much more magical, doesn't it?
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  26. Ahhh this sounds like such an amazing experience! I am a huge fan of HP, and just seeing all that stuff in person would be a total nerd out for me haha. It sounds like it's totally worth the money too. Great shots! I know what I'll be watching tonight....

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  27. I'm so jealous now. I love Harry Potter. That tour must have been amazing.

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  28. Oh Gabrielle. THANK YOU ♥ as I mentioned on Twitter I'm a huuuge Harry Potter fan and this is simply a dream. I wish I can visit one day. My next holiday? UK, London, Hogwarts !!!! I neeed it <3

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  29. This looks so cool and fun, I want to go!

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  30. This looks such a great and fun experience !! So cool !
    Have a great day !
    Nina
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  31. I loved going here so much, it was so much more magical and interesting than I had even thought. I haven't been since the Hogwarts Express has been there though so that's definitely a good excuse for another visit I think!
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  32. Awww, I loved this post Gabrielle, what a magical experience and your photos are stunning! This is still on my list to do someday, so these posts always allow me to live vicariously through others visits until I can afford to go someday! Lovely shots. - Tasha

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  33. This looks like so much fun! I love this so much especially how you feel like you are part of the Harry Potter world just by going here. :) Lovely photos you look gorgeous x http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/02/logo-statment.html I love your boots!

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  34. This looks so magical! When I was in London I didn't have a lot of time so I just did the platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross. All that said, I'm a litttleee jealous of this ;) Thanks for sharing the photos, I totally see why it's worth the hype.

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  35. This looks like such an entertaining and magical experience Gabrielle! And the evening really seemed to enhance the whole atmosphere. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  36. Gabrielle this tour looks AMAZING!!! You have been in serious #harrypotterwanderlust right now! I can't wait to get back to the UK just for this!! Love the photo of you pushing the trolley into platform 9 3/4 and I can't believe you got to try Butter Beer ice-cream - amazing! xx

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  37. Oh, I love this so much!! What an amazing place, I'd never leave :)))) Magical!! xx

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  38. Amazing post, dear! Looks wonderful :)
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  39. Ah i love this! this is somewhere ive always wanted to go! Great pics!

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  40. This post is a dream!!! We had a trip planned in December to go to London and of course visit the Warner Bros studios but due to an unexpected event, we had to cancel our trip and I was so sad mostly because I wanted to visit this place so bad. Hopefully we will re-schedule it :)

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  41. I wish I could go there someday, I saw a lot of my friends from oversea went there as well!

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  42. This tour looks like so much fun, I've been meaning to visit for a while and now it makes me want to go even more.

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  43. It looks amazing there. My kids went on a school trip and then went a second time with their Nan and really enjoyed it! I really want to take them a third time now so that I can go haha. Looks like you had such a fun time.

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  44. Isn't this the best place in the world?! I went there a few years ago and I loved it so much! <3 HARRY POTTER 4 LIFE!

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  45. I really love the pictures.So dreamy.They look so great.I really wish I could visit the place some day.
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  46. I'm a big fan of Harry Potter movies, so I'm sure I would enjoy this tour very much indeed. The movies certainly managed to take us into that fantastical place. Everything about Harry Potter movies strikes me as perfect...the setting, the casting, the script.

    I love the photographs you took. It does look like a dreamy place. I imagine that it has its fair share of visitors. One must hear an interesting cocktail of languages there as Harry Potter is such a global phenomena. I always find it relaxing to hear different languages.

    How cool they inscribes all the names of everyone who worked on the set. That was such a clever detail.

    I bet that Hogward Express was quite a sight! I wouldn't mind checking those engines myself.

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  47. I am so jealous!!!!!!!! I love it!!!
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  48. OMG!! I am geeking out! I'll be in London in October and I am so glad I came across this! Thank you for sharing!

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  49. Oh girl I couldn't love this post anymore - myself and Ben have re watched the whole HP series (he'd never seen them before!), and am loving watching them. I'm dying to visit the Warner Bros studios - looks amazing!

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  50. Oh my, it looks so magical and perfect. Need to visit it next time I'm in London.

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  51. That just looks AMAZING, Gabrielle! I will definitely have to tell my husband about that tour in case we have a future trip to the UK. I really loved your storytelling - and that photo of you trying to push through the wall is adorable! One day I MUST visit the Harry Potter studios. Thanks so much for sharing! :)
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  52. Oh my gosh, this looks like such a fun place to visit! I'm in awe of all the cool details in this setting! Great photos!

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  53. How exciting! This is definitely on my bucket list, and you've made me want to go even more!

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  54. Awesome Gabrielle!! It looks like a lot of fun, so happy you enjoyed it! :)

    Have a great weekend!

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  55. Wow this is awesome! We will definitly take a tour there once we visit London again :)

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  56. I sooooo want to go there so badly!! I am such a huge Harry Potter fan and gosh, I am so bummed that I wasn't born in London! Lucky you.
    I am hoping I will go there someday, hopefully I will not be 70 years old by then..

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  57. Reading this post has brought back so many memories - I went to the Studios a couple years ago and it was one of the best things I've ever done in my life haha! You captured everything beautifully, and summed it up quite well too. The moment when the doors of the Great Hall opened, I almost cried. It is truly a magical moment. Ice cream butterbeer sounds yummy, I had the original drink and I must say, it isn't much to my taste unfortunately :P

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  58. Pretty cool stuff, dear! I'm so jealous! xoxo

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  59. It looks amazing! I really want to go! :) xx

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  60. So glad you went Gabrielle! It is absolutely STUNNING! Must be amazing to see in person. Love the dining hall & portraits especially. I didn't know they did tours at night. So beautiful to see another perspective.
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  61. I'm a HUGE HP fan so you can imagine me totally fangirling right now. OMG!

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  62. I'm a HUGE HP fan so you can imagine me totally fangirling right now. OMG!

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  63. Io non ho letto la saga...però questo posto è incantevole e magico!
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