Harry Potter Studio Tour

18 May 2013

For Christmas Lucy was given a pair of tickets for a visit to The Making of Harry Potter studio tour. Today we got up early and headed down to Hertfordshire for our 0930 slot, arriving at nine o'clock in time for a second breakfast in the café before it was time to join the queue.

In the entrance hall large posters of many of the major characters look down on us - here Draco Malfoy peers past a Ford Anglia

Once past the queue and the brief intro in the holding room and then another intro in the cinema, we move into the Great Hall. Here Lucy poses by the door of the Great Hall

The staff table

Counting the house points

A look at part of the Great Hall with two of the tables. The set doesn't have a roof - that's added later in production

Refreshments at the ball

Some enticing chocolate desserts

Some of the many Educational Decrees

Educations Decree No. 98

Stephen by the gates of Hogwarts

The scale model roof of the Great Hall, with some of the candles that move up and down

The leaky cauldron

One of the boys' dormitories in Gryffindor House - note trunk with the initials HP

A forced perspective set, which is much shorter than it looks

Gryffindor common room

The stairs up to the dormitories

The entrance to Dumbledore's office

Dumbledore in his office - with the sorting hat by the ladder

Some of the former headmasters snoozing in their portraits

The pensieve

The Tri-Wizard Cup

Some of the smaller props.

The potions classroom

Looking in through the window of Hagrid's Hut

A closer look in the hut

Inside the Burrow

Door of vault 713 at Gringotts

A door from Hogwarts, with a marble staircase behind

Mad-Eye Moody's trunks

Flying messages from the Ministry among other documents

Galleons, sickles and knuts

Transport fireplaces at the Ministry

Offices in the atrium at the Ministry

Part of the Magic is Might statue, created after the Death Eaters took over the Ministry of Magic, located in the atrium, with many muggles pressed together to support the thrones of the witch and wizard above

Dolores Umbridge's office at the Ministry

Lucy drinking butterbeer by the Knight Bus

Stephen outside number 4, Privet Drive

The Potters' house at Godric's Hollow, with a young witch walking past

Part of the bridge at Hogwarts

All destinations (nothing underwater)

Some of the electronics that make The Monster Book of Monsters, and the Mandrake move

An acromantula

The head of a basilisk

The set of Diagon Alley is quite special - though it's a shame that the lighting is constantly changing, which makes photography more difficult and lack of patience for more natural light to return leads to some of those following being oddly coloured

Weasley's Wizard Wheezes

One of the two apothecaries in Diagon Alley

Olivander's, makers of find wands since 382 BC. Note the piles of wand boxes in the upper windows.

Florian Fortescue's ice cream parlour

Eeylops Owl Emporium sells owls and various other things needed for the care of owls

A rotating golden snitch sits above the entrance to Quality Quidditch Supplies

Some of the quidditch supplies

Madam Malkin's Robes For All Occasions shop

Flourish and Blotts, a bookshop where most Hogwarts students purchase their schoolbooks, today rather dominated by books by Gilderoy Lockhart

Moving away from Diagon Alley, we pass lots of impressive card models

As the sign says, the Whomping Willow

But those models are as nothing compared to this - look at the people either side to get an impression of how large it is. It is gloriously detailed.

Some of the greenhouses in the foreground, with the owlery in the background

The bridge is delightful

Having completed a circuit of the model, gradually descending, a look up gives a different perspective.

The tour is almost over - we pass through a room full of wand boxes, each labelled with the name of one of the people who contributed to making the eight Harry Potter films.

A really enjoyable tour, both immersing oneself in the Harry Potter world and learning a little of how the films were made - highly recommended.


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