The adventures of the young wizard Harry Potter have stretched across seven books and eight films and we’ve all witnessed his victory over You-Know-Who with the help of his friends. In order to relive these fantastic experiences which accompanied us for so long, you should definitely see the original props and interactive attractions of the Harry Potter Studio Tour right next to London and let yourself be enchanted once more!
Arriving and accommodation in London
Getting to London doesn’t have to be expensive at all. You can get your hands on some cheap flights from all over UK. Megabus also has some great bargain prices, although you’ll need to be prepared to spend a few hours on the way, depending on where you live. The trains are a very comfortable, yet more expensive way to travel. As you’ll learn from experience, you have to spend a small fortune when visiting the Studio Tour… There are as many hotels in London as there is sand on the beach – but there’s one in particular I’d like to recommend: The Tune Hotel Liverpool Street is perched in the centre of the city, has modern and clean furnishings and is very affordable too! Located right next to the Underground station and the end stop of the Stansted Airport Express, you’ll be right in the thick of the action here!
Booking the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
You can book the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London however you like. It’s always recommended to book your tickets early though! Whether you get you tickets online on the official website or through one of many online suppliers which also include a transfer to and from the Studio on a cool Harry Potter double decker bus, the choice is entirely yours. Single as well as family tickets which grant entry to the Studios but don’t include the journey there, can be purchased on the official website of the Warner Bros. Studios. The tours take place every hour and you should reserve about three hours to enjoy the entire exhibition to the fullest.
Since the Warner Bros. Studios are located in Leavesden, about 34 km away from London, you’ll need to add another hour and a half to your journey when travelling by car, as well as by public transport. A single ticket without transfer costs £35, while a tour inclusive of return transportation from London costs about £90 per person. Check out my latest Harry Potter Tour deal here on my blog. This deal includes your hotel stay with breakfast and tour tickets for just £44.75 pp. It’s worth checking it out, as long it’s still available :)
By the way: the brand new, Harry Potter theme park will open near Los Angeles in early 2016. In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you’ll be able to explore the Wizarding School of Hogwarts on rides!
The highlights of Harry Potter Studio Tour
Enter the Great Hall of Hogwarts, dare to step into Dumbledore’s office and explore countless, original props from all eight films of the Harry Potter saga. The well guarded secrets about the production of the most successful film franchise of all time are finally exposed here, so you can get an insight into the animatronics, the green-screen technique and the special effects used, for example.
Discover the Diagon Alley with its famous, magical shops! Check out Ollivander’s wand shop, visit the Weasley brothers in their Weasley Wizard Wheezes, step into the Gringotts Bank or find Hedwig’s fellow companions at Eylops. Outside the exhibition, you can also visit Harry’s home at 4 Privet Drive and explore some curious props such as the Knight Bus, Hagrid’s motorbike, the Weasleys’ flying car and many others. Besides the complete sets such as the Gryffindor common room, Professor Umbridge’s office or Hagrid’s hut, there are also many individual pieces to admire here.
The production of goblin masks and other frightening beings is explained and illustrated in a very impressive way. Try to fit the enormous figure of Hagrid into the picture or take one with Dobby the house elf. The exhibition has been expanded at the beginning of the year: you now have the opportunity to see the real Hogwarts Express and even take your place in one of the compartments! Moreover, you can test your luck and take your luggage trolley through the wall to Platform 9 3/4 – or you can just play it safe and simply take an unforgettable souvenir photo. To end the day in a truly magical style you should get your hands on a pint of Butterbeer which is bound to take your Harry Potter experience all the way!
Dressing up in your Potter-robes to the cinema?
You bet! Although it’s not a sequel to the Harry Potter saga, the so-called spin-off called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hit the screens in November 2016. The Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written the script for this three-part story herself. While we only have to wait a mere year for the first part, the second and third are supposed to be released in 2018 and 2020 respectively. The film’s namesake book, mentioned in the first volume, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was actually released in 2001 due to high demand. The film will centre around the British wizard-zoologist Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, who occupies himself with the exploration of magical creatures. The story takes place in a period when the magical community lives in fear of being exposed to the Muggle world – something that seems all too familiar to us from the Harry Potter books. We can seriously look forward to a film with a real Harry Potter flair, though without Harry as the main character.
Are you all for booking a magical trip to London? The tour can be combined perfectly with a city break in London where you’ll be able to spot many other filming locations! I hope I’ve inspired you to dream of the world of Harry Potter again! I’m off to enjoy a Harry Potter film marathon now :)