I was 8 years old when J. K Rowling first unleashed Harry Potter into this muggle world and I have been OBSESSED ever since. A few weeks ago, I actually got a chance to visit Hogwarts. Yes you heard me, Hogwarts – The Great Hall, Chamber of Secrets, Potions Class. Unfortunately the Hogwarts I went to was not in the Scottish Highlands near the village of Hogsmeade but was in Leavesden; about 20 minutes on a train to Watford Junction (not the Hogwarts Express) from London Euston.
The Harry Potter film series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. The production crew at Warner Bros saved many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created especially for the films in case they needed them for a future film. These magical creations are now all on display at the Warner Bros Studio Tour – it’s as close to Hogwarts as us muggles are every going to get. The tour is really interactive – it goes beyond just looking at props and sets. You can ride a broom, sit in the Hogwarts Express and my personal favourite – try some Butterbeer. Butterbeer! It get’s better – they also serve up Butterbeer ice cream!! I think it’s worth doing the tour, just for that one treat alone.
If you are a Harry Potter fan like me, you definitely need to add the Warner Bros Studio Tour onto your list of things to do. Make sure you book your tickets well in advance and book a time slot for your tour as soon as possible. These tickets go fast – Seb and I had to wait 2 months before we got an opening on a weekend. I would also recommend booking a tour in the morning instead of the afternoon – the studios are considerably busier in the afternoon as more Harry Potter fans flood in.
Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Studio Tour Drive