LIFESTYLE | A Visit To The Harry Potter Studios Tour

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Me wearing a Sorting Hat - Pottermore placed me in Slytherin, SAY IT AIN'T SO!

So last week I went to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour aka the HARRY POTTER STUDIOS eeeeee! Now don't hate but let me first admit I'm not the hugest fan of the books. Don't get me wrong, I liked them but I don't love them...*controversial* of me to say maybe but for me the films were just more, well, magical. And mainly the Harry in the book annoyed the hell out of me, he's more likeable in the movies I think.

Now that disclaimer is out of the way, I'll also just apologise for the lack of photos. I took loads but I don't think you're actually allowed to use them for blogs and things but also I went not knowing what I was going to see really which I think was best so I don't want to ruin it for anyone who's going there! So this is just a post on what I thought of it!

I'm not crazy over the series like a lot of people are but I had the best time, to see first hand the attention to detail of props and costumes was amazing and I think the special effects bit with the prosthetics and electronics was especially clever and interesting. The sets were lovely all decked out for Christmas although my favourite one was Dumbledore's office (but he had no Christmas things there, the Scrooooge!) The sets were smaller than I expected, especially the Great Hall, but many of the props were much bigger. I was there on a special night where they had the animal actors there too (they'll be back for a bit in February I believe!) They're supposed to be the real ones from the films, I got a few photos. Sorry they're not so good but I didn't want to crowd around them and I don't think it's nice using flash on animals!

Hagrid's dog Fang

 Harry's owl Hedwig

 I don't know who this little guy is, I cannot remember for the life of me! Do you know?

Hermione's cat Crookshanks

I don't want to be mean but that cat was one of the most interesting things I saw, it was soooo weird looking and I'm just gonna say it, I thought it was ugly haha. I've never seen one of those types in real life before, I kind of couldn't believe it was real. What can I say, you know I'm not really a cat lady!

The only things I didn't like on the tour was the Death Eaters walking around (I knew they were just people in masks but they were still freaky!) and the expensive gift shop. I think that's kind of unfair because if parents take their kids they're gonna want something so they have to pay crazy prices, even for the sweets. Which is stupid because I remember when I was little you could buy Harry Potter sweets anywhere, do you remember the jelly beans? If you got the ear wax flavour you were fooked! I wonder why they stopped selling them?

So yes, in conclusion I had a fab time and I think you would too, even if you're not any kind of Potterhead seeing behind the scenes was really interesting and made you appreciate the hard work that goes on because usually all the accolades go to the actors who I think probably have the easier job after seeing the sets! 

Have you been to the Harry Potter Studios? And do you know who this mystery owl is? 


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48 comments:

  1. I've been here and I LOVED it. I didn't realise you couldn't use the pictures for blogs though.. oops! I would definitely go again as I thought it was all mesmerizing xxx

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  2. Oooooh it's Pigwidgeon!! (Ron's little owl)

    I heart Harry Potter. Books AND films! <3 xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  3. Summer and I have been 3 times.. We love going there :') We're the ones who nearly cry when you first go in! I'm sooo jealous you saw the animals!!! Sounds like you had fun though, I love learning about the technical stuff too!x
    Holly x
    http://the-twins-wardrobe.blogspot.com/

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  4. I want to goooo! I hate living so far away. Can't believe you're SLYTHERIN! Ha!


    Tara x

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  5. Ah, it looks so cool! I think it's really sweet that you were considerate of the animals - not many people are! xxx

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  6. Ahh I really want to go some day (even though I'm not the biggest HP fan either), it looks like a lot of fun and the animals are adorable! I would be anxious with people in masks near me too though...

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  7. OHMYGOSH! I would've died if I got the chance to go there. I'm one of the biggest fans of the books and the movies...don't hate:D I would've taken Crookshanks home!!!! Accio Crookshanks! hehe

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  8. I would definitely want to visit this sometime! This sounds super cool!


    Jessica

    notjessfashion.com

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  9. I loved visiting Harry Potter World last year, diagon alley literally feels like stepping into a little world of magic! it's crazy the level of detail that went into the props, it's so impressive. xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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  10. Wow, I'd love to visit there someday as I love harry potter! Great post and I hope you had a great time! x



    Beyond the Velvet | Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle blog

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  11. Making me jealous, I want to go sooo badly! I'm one of the one's that prefers the books to the movies aha. My boyfriend went to Harry Potter land in Florida when he was on holiday earlier this year I NEARLY CRIED OF JEALOUSY ahahaha!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  12. I didn't know you couldn't use the photos on blogs?! Uh ohh whoops... I loved it when I went, I am a huuuuge Harry Potter fan haha! I loved every little bit of it, had so much fun:D I am dying to go when the animals are there, might try and go in Feb. I also didn't know death eaters wandered around?! They weren't when I went, oh well guess it's time for another trip hehe xo

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  13. I loved going here - so want to go again after seeing your pics! So exciting the animals were there too! Agree about the gift shop though - so flippin' expensive! xx

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  14. Harry Potter tour is on my list for next year :)

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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  15. Shh accept your Slytherin sorting & we can be Slytherin pals ;)

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  16. I want to visit Harry potter studios so bad! I'm not a huge fan but it just looks so amazing!! X

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

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  17. Haha so cute!!

    http://www.fashion-and-thecity.com

    Hara, xoxo

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  18. Looks like so much fun - I really want to visit the harry potter studios myself too.

    rae of love from berlin

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  19. I've not been yet, but I really do want to go. Amazing! Glad that you enjoyed it. /Madison
    http://fashiontalesblog.com

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  20. I went to the studios about three years ago, just after they opened, and the attention to detail is incredible! Luckily they didn't have any Death Eaters wandering round when I went. It would have been great to see the owls, though, I love them! xx

    Toasty

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  21. I never been lucky you. I love al the movies and books xx
    M

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  22. I visited but it was a while, I haven't read the books but watched the films. I thought that the set up of the studios and how it had all been but together was great. Nothing beats Universal though that was incredible. Thy didn't have any moving props when I visited thankfully I think I would have spent the visit Screaming Lucy x

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  23. I'm not the hugest fan either but I think it's one of those things you gotta visit if you can! x

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  24. I want to go again too to see what it's like non-Christmassy :) x

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  25. YES that's who it is! Thank you haha! x

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  26. I know </3 I always thought of myself as a smart ass Ravenclaw but it seems it isn't so :( x

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  27. They were crowding round and you could see the cat was getting quite distressed so they had to take her out...not good! x

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  28. It was so much fun, it was so interesting and I think if you love films (like you do) it's well worth a visit! x

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  29. I kind of wanted to take it home too, it fascinated me haha! But Fang was my favourite, he was such a lovely boy x

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  30. It really was! Hope you get to go :) x

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  31. It was amazing! I know, it looked good in the film but to see it up close for real was even better x

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  32. I hope you get to go, it was so fab! x

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  33. I'd love to go to the one in Florida! Everyone says it's better than the UK one but at least the UK one is the real thing ;) x

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  34. Apparently not but then again I don't think they'll ever know ;) I think the Death Eaters were there just for that time, I was there on a special night! x

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  35. I think the animals were a definite highlight :D x

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  36. Yes! Slytherin doesn't make us evil, I must remember Snape haha x

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  37. I think even if you're not a fan you'll enjoy it, the sets are so much fun to look around! x

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  38. It really was! So glad I got to go x

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  39. It was so much fun! I hope you get to go one day :) x

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  40. You should definitely try and go if you can, it was such a great experience x

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  41. It was even better than I expected! The owls were super cute x

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  42. I was so happy I got to go, it's made me want to read and watch them all over again! x

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  43. omg the cat! yessss haha - hope you had an amazing time!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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  44. I'm a Slytherine too- don't worry! And I went tithe studio this middle of this and LOVED it! The gift shop was so expensive but I took so many great photos.

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