My love affair with Harry Potter started when I was about twelve years old. Wizards and witches, wands and broomsticks all whisked me away to a wonderful, magical world.
I headed to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter tour a few weeks ago and the thirteen year old inside me literally squealed the whole way through (I may have even teared up). Seeing this world I used to get lost in for days come alive right in front of me was just a tad overwhelming.
You are first greeted by the enormous doors of the Great Hall that lead you to the giant dining tables scaling almost the entire length of the room.
Goblets and silver platters adorned the tables along with a display of the uniforms from each house.
Professors McGonagall, Snape, Dumbledore and of course, Hagrid all lined up to greet the guests.
Moving on from the Great Hall, you are taken into a massive warehouse-esque space with each area depicting a specific part of Hogwarts, like the Gryffindor Boys’ Dormitory.
The amount of detail in the Gryffindor Common Room was insane! From old tapestries to paintings and vintage artefacts.
Again, the amount of detail in each part of the set; just insane!
The infamous Dumbledore’s office. Did you know that each object found in the various glass cupboards was actually found in various flea markets and vintage stores and carefully pieced together for effect.
One of my favourite parts of the tour, the Potions Classroom, with mechanical stirring cauldrons and everything!
“Engraved in foot-high letters at the base of the statue were the words Magic Is Might. Harry looked more closely and realised that what he had thought were decoratively carved thrones were actually mounds of carved humans; hundreds and hundreds of naked bodies, men, women, and children, all with rather stupid, ugly faces, twisted and pressed together to support the weight of the handsomely robed wizards.”
You can’t get to Hogwarts without making a trip to Platform 9 3/4
And jumping on the Hogwarts Express.
So glad my letter from Hogwarts finally arrived!
A ride on the Hogwarts Express would not be complete without a few bites from the Honeydukes Express!
I lied, my favourite part of the tour was definitely taking a stroll through Diagon Alley! All the colours and ornaments and magical things, objects, creatures everywhere!
All aboard the Knight Bus!
At the end of the tour, you are greeted by a mahusive structure of Hogwarts that was used to film aerial shots of the school in the film. Towers and arches, bridges and windows, all created with so much attention to detail. Tiny lights glimmer through each of the windows, changing and moving as though there are real people living inside and so that the aerial scenes look more realistic.
I was in such awe throughout the tour to learn that so much of the movies were actually hand made and created from scratch rather than being made digitally. From twelve thousand individually made wand boxes at Ollivanders to hundreds of paintings (actually of all the cast and crew) hand painted and hung all around Hogwarts. It completely blew my mind!
Can I come back here for the Christmas feast please?
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