|Harry Potter studio tour
||[Apr. 2nd, 2014|06:17 pm]
Sunday 30 March Harry Potter studio tour
Thanks to Simon parents, we got their tour package for xmas (incl tickets, wands, audio tours and guide books). Booking was more difficult as weekend really a get filled fast, but we eventually managed to get a spot at 4pm on a Sunday. Being sold out I was a bit worried it might be too packed but it is so big it doesn’t fill too crowded.
I like Harry Potter films, mostly the school bit but I am not an hardcore fan or even read the books, however so many friends loved it something I was very much looking forward to and it was even better than expected.
Definitely a place for film enthusiast as really feel behind the scene and how it worked and for anyone liking fantasy sets and creatures.
Started a bit butlins style with over enthusiastic staff but that was only for the screening. Then you get taken to a fabulous gothic door and the magic began (and you are left by yourself to visit at own pace)
The dining hall was fantastic, especially the details that I cannot remember or noticed in the films, but there you really see them like the fab monster decor on pitchers and the gargoyles (they are gargoyles everywhere), they also have clothes dotted about.
Next rooms was filled with props, sets, clothes, I wanted to live in everyrooms… you could also have yourself flying broomsticks, cars…(the photos and videos a bit too pricey) . At least the only queues and crowd are in there.
little caldron :)
i wantes to take so many bits home...those skeleton , also had piles of books, armours...
one of best room ...
what concoction should i make :)
loved the details in wall of paintings (they all move in films and were based on various people working on set :)
can i live there :)
Outside we consumed some butter beer (gosh that was sickly sweet) and you can play on some props, also have full set of some of the houses, bridge and chess figures.
The next room I think was one of the best for gadgets. I assumed most was computer generated but no they made animatronic for all the creatures and have films to show how it works. Loved seeing the mandrake moved and the books with teeth. As well as all the masks, robots, hagrid head…
The shopping street was just pure fantasy I wanted to move in with all the fab shop windows
There there was more rooms of drawing, models….
I was most surprised by the Hogwarth model , I had seen photos but assumed tiny but my gosh it was massive and so details and beautiful.
Final room was the wand shop J and the shops which also filled with fabulous stuffs….had to fight buying soft toys creatures, plastic gothic goblets but did returned with beautiful gothic frame