Visit the studios where all eight Harry Potter movies were made, walk down Diagon Alley, drink butterbeer and step into Hogwarts
Seven books and nine films down the line, the world has lost none of its appetite for all things Harry Potter-related. Which why Warner Bros are keeping the Hogwarts magic alive with their special exhibition, ‘The Making of Harry Potter.’
Just north of Watford you'll find the very warehouses and movie studios that played an integral part in the making of the 'Harry Potter' film franchise. When the crew weren't at real locations, they were creatively mocking up most of the scenes here in Leavesden. And they're still standing strong. Given the sheer volume and Potter nerds, Warner Bros decided to leave everything where it is and expand the studios, so other films could still be produced here without interruption.
It truly is a magical place. The props, sets and costumes have been lovingly maintained for what has become a permanent exhibition of the memorabilia. Wander through the workshops, storerooms and life-sized sets that were used for the series.
Make no mistake, fans will be in heaven here. They can step into some of the most iconic locations from the movies: the Great Hall at Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and, of course, Platform 9¾ with the gleaming Hogwarts Express steamtrain. General cinephiles will also appreciate learning more about the behind-the-scenes trickery: the special effects, animatronics and methods by which more outlandish characters were brought to life.
You can also get your chops around a flagon of butterbeer (don’t worry, as fans know, it’s kid-friendly), and if you fancy taking a souvenir home with you, you can purchases a wand. On top of this, there are seasonally changing mini-exhibitions, so if you fancy a second visit, there’ll be something new to see. Check the website to see what’s on when you plan to go. Gringotts goblins might balk a little at the price – but this will delight the diehard Potter aficionados, and may well convert a few Muggles along the way.
|Venue name:||Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter||Contact:|
Studio Tour Drive
|Opening hours:||Open daily. Times vary seasonally. Check website for details|
|Transport:||Rail: Watford Junction rail then shuttle bus, free parking for ticketholders|
|Price:||£35 adults, £27 5-15s, free (ticket required) under-4s, £107 family|
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Who can argue with a day out in the world of Harry Potter? One of my friends told me about the Warner Bros studio on Teepee, my new fav recommendations app. It was great for the whole family and I'd say the adults get just as much out of it as the kids (in my case, probably more!) The tickets are pricy but on the whole it's worth it.
Harry Potter was my childhood. They were the first books to capture my imagination, as they were for many in my generation. Anyone who is a Harry Potter fan (the films OR the books) should book to visit this warehouse of magic and memories. The tickets are expensive, but the experience is priceless. You get a glimpse into the workings of one of the most successful film franchises of all time, and see how the films went from page to screen through artwork, props and special effects. I went to visit during Christmas time, which was extra special with themed magical decorations making the day even more immersive and thrilling. Make the most of your day and act like a kid again: fly a broomstick, catch the night bus or sit in the Weasley's flying car.
It is pricey but if you are fan of Harry Potter you will love it, you feel like if you are in the movie
I just want to start by saying that if I could give this experience more than five stars, I would – it’s that good - and not overpriced at all when you factor in how much you get to see. I’ve been twice and still don’t feel as though I’ve seen everything! The first time I visited was a few years ago when it was all quite new, and while it was busy (it was the middle of the school holidays), it wasn’t heaving, I guess because of the timed entry.
Visited again recently to see the Hogwarts Express - awesome to see it up close - and enjoyed myself just as much as I did the first time, so would definitely recommend going! A few things to bear in mind: get an early slot if you can (did I mention there’s loads to see?!), leave plenty of time for the gift shop (it’s vast) and definitely chat to the staff there, because they’re all really friendly and really knowledgeable.