Last weekend, Ingvild, Joanna and I went to the Harry Potter studio tour just outside London. It was a fun experience and definitely worth the trip. We got there early and headed for the shop before our slot was opened. It was massive. I was prepared for how expensive it would be, but what surprised me the most was the poor quality of some of the things, such as the robes, however, I wasn’t out to buy clothing but got a nice book about the makings of the films.
As our slot opened, we were greeted by enthusiastic guy #1 for a few minutes before he handed us over to enthusiastic guy #2 who lead us into the great hall. For some reason I forgot to take a photo of the whole hall, maybe enthusiastic guy distracted me, there was a lot of yelling.
My favorite costumes.
In the next rooms there was props upon props, scene setting, costumes, masks and other amazing stuff. You’re really struck by all the effort that has been put into these films, when you see all the things that where made such as oil painting, resin sculptures, iron doors, statues, whole buildings, hand painted carpets and bricks, etc. How amazing is it that the Chamber of secret doors actually moves in real life?
Forget about Harry Potter, I want to know about this guy!
They had Weasley’s House, Dumbledore’s office, the potion classroom and Hagrid’s hut, all in wonderful detail and mechanics that was constantly moving and buttons to press to make things change, it’s like being a kid again.
I love Umbridge’s office, and the cat details on all her things, it’s overwhelmingly cute and creepy at the same time. I also find the ‘Magic is might,’ statue from the last films incredible, a really powerful imagery.
The films must also have been the dream of a graphic designers, there was so much paper, books, wrappings, posters that was featured in the films!
In the middle of the tour there was a resting stop, were you could buy Butterbeers. I just missed my friends message telling me not to taste it, too late, it was quite sickeningly. Not as bad as it were when we tried to make it ourselves, it was pretty much ginger ale with cream, witch it had an aftertaste of penicillin..
Drunk on Butterbeer we got in the car and drove away.
Loved Diagon Alley.
They also had concept art, architect drawings, paper models, statue of the “Architect of Hogwarts.” and of course the massive Hogwarts model.
And among a hundred other things that was pretty much it! Recommended to all Harry Potter, fantasy or, special effects and movie enthusiasts, young and old alike!
Just had to…