Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Europe Adventure: Day Ten, Part one- Harry Potter Studios

We started out Thursday, April 14th by having breakfast in our cottage before heading out on a long drive. 


I bought our tickets to do the Warner Bros. Making of Harry Potter Studio tour months in advance. 
I was able to get them for this day so we had to do a couple hour drive south to visit it. 
It worked out just fine as we were able to drive north again using a different route to see some of the small villages we wanted to see. 

We were so excited when we pulled up to this place!
We were doing one of the earliest tour times but it was packed. 
I imagine that it must stay insanely packed all day every day of the year. 

There will be a LOT of pictures.



Walking into the lobby we showed them our tickets and you immediately begin to see props from the movies all around you. 








Harry's cupboard under the stairs...



We were soon ushered into a movie theater and sat down for a short presentation. 
Then they took us to the door. 
THE door. 




This took us into the Great Hall used in the last movies. 
It was full of props and costumes. 









We noticed the crowds were mostly leaving the room so we doubled back to the door...














We then entered the next big warehouse room. 
They had the sets all around the space broken up into themes of props and costumes. 













The boys dorm room...








The passage to the Hog's Head...






Gryffindor common room...












Dumbledore's office...














Potions!




Hagrid's hut...















The Weasley's kitchen...


















Sirius' family tree tapestry....







After finishing up the main rooms, we were able to go out onto Platform 9 and 3/4...


The Hogwart's Express!





I don't know why I went with such a boring pose..


My mom was much cooler.






We were able to go on part of it. 











The grown up costumes..


Next up: Lunch and the outside sets

4 comments:

The Kings said...

Oh what fun!! Loving the tour! I am so glad you took so many pictures...reliving the experience is awesome!!!

cheryl said...

Glad you are enjoying it!

Seth and Julie said...

Harry Potter had the most incredible sets. I am sure it was so cool to see all of this, but at the same time I am bummed looking at it because then I am reminded that it wasn't real. Haha! Sets are always so funny, because there is so much nostalgia that comes with visiting them, but it does let us see the wizard behind the curtain and inevitably some of the magic and mystery is lost. Or maybe I am just a weirdo.

cheryl said...

Haha. Doug is the same way. He never wants to watch the behind the scenes things with me. I watched all of the extras for Lord of the Rings by myself because he didn't want to but I love that kind of stuff. I have all the making of the movie magazines and books for a lot of my favorite movies. I actually find my experience enriched by knowing all of the stories and things that go into making them. But, yeah Doug says it ruins the magic for him. So you are not alone.