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HARRY POTTER: WARNER BROS STUDIO TOUR LONDON

As a Harry Potter fan, it's an absolute DREAM to be able to visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London. Having experienced this place over five years ago when it opened, I was really excited to head back and see the new sections that have been added.

Going at the end of November meant we were lucky enough to see 'Hogwarts in the Snow' - essentially the usual tour with a lot of impressive Christmas decorations and yes, it does snow! 

As they house everything from Harry's first pair of prop spectacles to the whole set of Diagon Alley, it's only right to take as many pictures here as possible. And that's exactly what I did!

Huge pendulum from Hogwarts

Christmas tree in the Great Hall at Harry Potter: Warner Bros Studio Tour London

Slytherin Christmas table settings at Hogwarts, in the Great Hall

Standing in front of the ice sculpture at the Yule Ball

The festive theme is incredible and they have gone all out making sure the place is decorated to the max. Starting the tour with the Great Hall, you wander past the dozens of huge Christmas trees and oversized baubles to die for. Then check out the house-specific Christmas crackers on the tables, alongside huge prop turkeys and flaming puddings, towards the Yule Ball centerpiece.

Throughout the whole tour the costumes from the characters are on display too, so you can get up close and personal with Dumbledore's robe or Hermione's Yule Ball dress, if that's something that floats your boat.

Every prop you can think of from all of the films can be found here, and even some that didn't get their chance to shine! Spoiler alert: the Philosopher's Stone actually is as rubbish as it looks on screen.

Although the Forbidden Forest is cool to walk through, I didn't find it anywhere near as scary as I expected it to be when it comes to Aragog and his minions. Not that I'm complaining, but it's worth noting this section isn't as big as would be imagined and the scare factor is absolutely suitable for all ages, despite the spiders.

Shot of the corner of the night bus and blue sky

Standing on the Hogwarts bridge

Godric's Hollow cottage

Danny standing next to huge chess pieces as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Mid-way through there's an outdoors section with the flying Ford, Hagrid's motorbike and the famous Night Bus. Get pictures on the Hogwarts bridge (you can't hang from the edge of it as per Neville in the Deathly Hallows, unfortunately) and outside Privet Drive.

As we walked out into this area it also began fake snowing and that really is magical.

Weasley's Wizard Wheezes product and brand designs

Walking through the set of Diagon Alley

Close up of Weasley's Wizard Wheezes shop set

Standing in Diagon Alley

Walking through Diagon Alley is incredible, especially as this for me is the most memorable part of seeing a Harry Potter film for the first time. You can't go into the shops, it's just a set after all, however the immaculate shop windows and everything within them is properly nostalgic. Even as a 26 year old, I'm happy to imagine I'm shopping casually for an owl and a cauldron.

I absolutely love seeing the designs for everything from spell books to Weasley's Wizard Wheezes products. As a graphic designer, it's fascinating to see the effort and tiny detail that goes in to things that may not even end up being featured in the film.

If you're interested in these as much as I am, there's also the Minalima display store in London where you can see and buy some of the prints (it's round the corner from the Palace Theatre where you can see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child!)

Standing in front of the Hogwarts Express, wearing a midi skirt and jumper

Hogwarts model building, showing the whole set at a scale of 1/24

Seeing the Hogwarts Express in reality was my favourite part of the tour. This section didn't exist the first time I visited and I'm so glad to have been able to see it. You can walk through the carriages, each one set up from each of the films, and take photos aplenty in front of the train and at Platform 9 and 3/4.

There's a huge model building of Hogwarts, which is how they managed to capture a lot of the overhead shots of the castle when filming - with the use of lots of green screens, of course. The amount of time it took - 74 years including everyone's man hours - to build and remake this piece throughout the whole film series is crazy. Naturally, it's a very impressive sight to behold.

There's a huge gift shop at the end for all your wizarding needs. It includes a range from chocolate frogs to entire sets of house robes, depending on how much of a fangirl you've become after the tour.



If you want to get tickets yourself (and you need to book them in advance!) then head over to the Warner Bros Studio Tour website.

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leanne x