Have 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...
Having 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?!
Booking 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?!
Warner Bros. Studio Tour