Warner Brothers Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter
If you read my post about The Wizarding World, you’ll know that I am a pretty big Harry Potter fan. When planning my trip to London, I knew that I had to do all things Harry Potter!
The first thing I knew I had to do was the Warner Brothers Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter. This has been on my bucket list for a while so I was pretty excited to put this on our list of things to do.
Tip: You have to book a date and time for the tour, I’d recommend doing it months before. It books up fast!
There are a few different tour options, but we stuck with the standard (if I go back, I will definitely do the behind the seams tour.) It’s a bit of a process to get to the studio, give yourself extra time to get there. We had to take the tube (subway), to the train and then the studio tour bus to the actual studio. I’d estimate it took us between 1-1.5 hours to get there.
Once you arrive, I’d suggest getting in line as it took us about 30/45 minutes from getting in line to walking in the Great Hall.
Walking through the doors of the Great Hall is nothing but magical. It didn’t hit me until they opened the doors, that this is where all the filming was done for the Great Hall scene and where most of Harry Potter was filmed. There is SO much to see, from costumes, wigs, props for the movies, Hagrid’s Hut, flying on a broomstick, Ministry of Magic, the Forbidden Forest (Buckbeak!!), Knight Bus, 4 Pivet Drive, Hogwarts Express, make-up, special effects and the model of Hogwarts which is something else.
There is a café and eating space half-way through the tour. They also sell butterbeer! You can also bring a lunch too.
Tip: Take your time, I wish I could have spent the whole day there and plan on it when I go back! Take everything in, its truly magical.
After the tour, there is a huge gift shop, be sure to spend time in there. They have everything!
Kings Cross – Platform 9 ¾
Next on the list was to go to Kings Cross where Platform 9 ¾ is located. A lot of filming took place here so of course I had to get my photo done at Platform 9 ¾!
I ended up buying a VIP pass for my photo. Before going to London, I did my research and found out that most people wait 45 minutes – 1 hour to get the photo done there. I did not want to wait that long so for 15 GBP, I got the VIP pass which included – skipping the line, a VIP lanyard and a professional photo.
There was so worth it! When we got there, the wait was 1.5 hours. After you take your photo, you immediately go into the gift shop. You can go into the gift shop without taking the photo, but there was a line to get in so plan ahead.
Other locations (these are other places I saw, there are a lot more!)
I wish I had more time to visit all the places, but our schedule was so packed that it wasn’t possible.
The Millennium Bridge – this is the bridge that the Death Eaters destroyed.
Leadenhall Market – used for inspiration for Diagon Alley and used in filming for entrance of Leaky Cauldron.
Have you done the tour before? If so, what was your favorite part?