June 17, 2016
I can still remember the first time I saw a Harry Potter movie. I was left with a lot of questions after. LOL. My best friend was a huge Harry Potter fan and she read all the books while I just waited for the movie. But I loved how much I can relate to Harry, Hermione and Ron because I felt like I grew up with them. I felt like I was 12 when they were also 12 so I kinda wanted to be like them in some ways. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a wizard?
I still haven’t read a single chapter of the Harry Potter books but I have seen all the movies, more than once. I especially loved the Goblet of Fire movie because it was just fun and exciting but sad all at the same time. So when I knew that we were going to London, I told my boyfriend that we should definitely go to the Warner Bros. Studios no matter how far the commute was. lol I pre-booked our tickets online a week before our date of visit. I suggest you do the same especially if you’re coming in the summer because the available times and dates were already very limited when we booked our tickets.
We got 12:30pm tickets and we arrived early so we just went to the Harry Potter Store. If you’re an avid Harry Potter fan, you’ll definitely go crazy at their store. But almost everything was hella expensive than the Harry Potter store in Universal Studios Osaka so I just got me some Hogwarts and Griffyndor fridge magnets.
While we were lining up to enter the studio, we saw this!! The cupboard under the stairs!! How cool 😉
We entered into a little auditorium and we were shown a few clips about the Harry Potter phenomenon. It got me a little nostalgic seeing the fans and it got me pretty excited to start the tour! We finally started the tour and were welcomed with the professors at the Great Hall.
And there they were. Some of the costumes used in the movie!! ❤
Clothes from at the Yule ball! This was one of the reasons the Goblet of Fire was my favorite movie. Aside from the kilig moments of Harry and Cho Chang, the Yule ball was just, *sob* magical.
Not only does the tour show costumes used in the movie, they also recreated rooms like the ones below. The first one is Harry’s dorm room, the next one is the Gryffindor common room and the last one is Prof. Snape’s Potion class.
And here’s the golden snitch!! ❤
Platform nine and three quarters!! I’m off to Hogwarts!!
Just when I thought nothing could be cooler than being in Platform 9 3/4, I went outside and I was blown outta my mind. 😉 I felt like I was really on set!!
Diagon Alley!! Amazeballs ❤
I thought the tour was gonna come to an end but we entered another building and saw lots and lots of masks and props that were used in the movie.
The finale!! This miniature Hogwarts was used during the filming of the Hogwarts scenes.
So if you’re a Potterhead, make sure you don’t miss the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London! It may be quite a commute, but it is definitely worth the trip! It’s not that expensive as well. We got our tickets for GBP 35 each and the roundtrip bus rides from Watford Station is GBP 5 per person so it’s not so bad.
Protip: 😉 Try their Butterbeer Ice Cream! Universal Studios Osaka and Hollywood only sell the drink but not the ice cream, so it’s definitely worth the try. And it tastes good too!