Hello everyone – apologies for the recent neglect to my blog, but today I thought I’d bring an exciting post; my photo diary of my recent visit to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in Watford. I’ve been to the studio tour once before in 2013, but since then it’s expanded, so I enjoyed my second visit even more. I’m a massive Harry Potter fan, if you hadn’t sensed, and if you are too this place is somewhere you need to see!
I love that even before you enter the tour, as you’re queueing you get to see the memorable scene of the cupboard under the stairs. It sets the scene and heightens the anticipation about the magic to come.
The tour begins in the Great Hall, with the tables set, and the costumes on models around the room. For me, this was the room that felt the most real, and really made me feel as though I’d stepped into the film.
Next, you enter a huge room filled with so many props and sets – it definitely takes a while to take in and get round it all. This room had everything from Dumbledore’s office, Snape’s potion lab and the Gryffindor common room, to the entrance of the Chamber of Secrets and the moving staircase.
After this, is something that wasn’t here the last time so I was intrigued and excited – the Enchanted Forest. As I’m someone with a spider fear, seeing the spiders drop down from the ceiling was rather uncomfortable – but the tour wouldn’t be complete without Aragog the spider being there.
After walking through the forest, you find yourself at platform 9 and 3/4 – another new feature since I last visited. And, believe it or not, you can step onto the train for yourself.
After taking all of that in, you then come to the outside area where you can sit and grab a butter beer, some food, and enjoy the outside scenes. I think my favourite part of this outdoor area was getting the chance to enter the house on Privet Drive, and seeing the Hogwarts letters flying in the air in the lounge.
You then enter Diagon Alley, which I absolutely loved and was exactly how I remembered from the first time. Although you can’t enter any of the shops, you can peer in and see the amount of detail there is – and I definitely felt like I had, again, stepped into the film.
The last part of the tour is my favourite part – you enter a room filled with a scaled version of Hogwarts – and as you walk around the room you get to capture every last detail. It was great to see the whole place scaled down in one place, and the attention to detail never fails to amaze me. After this, you enter the wand shop before entering the final gift shop – which I spent a very long time looking round.
Have you ever visited the Warner Brothers studio tour? If so, what do you think of it?