Harry Potter Studios Tour: Part 1

So, you can read about the first part of our second day in London, when we explored the Globe Theater, here.

Warning now: this post contains lots of pictures! Be patient; they may load slow but they are totally worth it!

After we were finished with our Starbucks, we hopped the tube to the train station, and then took the train to the end of the track. Now see, in the morning, before we left for the day, we asked the front desk staff how to get to the Warner Brother’s Studio for our Harry Potter Studios Tour. Now, we were at the train station, and apparently all three of us remembered the directions differently (I actually had it right, for once!). We ended up making it to the end of the line, only to discover we were in the complete wrong place. There should have been shuttle buses covered in Harry Potter’s face, which we didn’t see. We asked a lovely worker at the little convenience shop next door, and he told us we screwed up majorly (only nicer and britishly). He was nice enough to call us a cab, since that was cheaper than taking the train back, getting on a new train, and then coming back.

It was fun to get to ride in a British cab. The back has four seats, two on each side that face each other. It was a different experience. Plus, our driver was Scottish and had a magnificent red beard (I’m a sucker for good beards, just sayin!)

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We did make it there eventually! And it was at this point that I started squealing like a small child on Christmas morning!

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So, we got our tickets, and headed into the lobby, where the childish squealing continued (There was a lot of squealing, just FYI!)!

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In the lobby, they have huge pictures of all the cast surrounding the ceiling!

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Then, we joined the line to head into the actual tour part. We didn’t have to wait that long. They do a good job of funneling people in.

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As you wait to go in, they have the cupboard under the stairs there for you to see!

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So here is your little spoiler alert warning: The next parts are going to get in depth about the tour itself. If you don’t want it spoiled for you, skip this post. You’ve been warned.

So, it was our turn to enter the tour portion. They put your tour group into a room filled with screens and play a little welcome video with info about the movies and casts. A door opens and you file into an auditorium with another screen. You sit, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione (aka Dan, Rupert, and Emma) come out in front of the doors to the Great Hall and give you a little information on the movies, sets, and the studios themselves since they actually filmed the movies here.

The characters open the doors to the Great Hall, and the screen rises and there are the doors to the actual Great Hall (I got goose bumps just writing that!).

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As if that wasn’t cool enough, the doors open and you are in the actual Great Hall! And that’s when I burst into tears (No, I’m not ashamed to admit it!)!

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I was giddy! I Don’t think I stopped smiling (besides when I was crying) the entire time we were there!

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After the Great Hall, we moved into another hallway, filled with costumes and props. The rest of the exhibits were kind of scattered and chaotic, but I didn’t mind!

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They had the original Fat Lady painting!

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The Gryffindor Common Room!

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The Invisibility Cloak!

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Dumbeldore’s office!

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The Goblet of Fire!

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They even included the animal cast members in a lovely exhibit!

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All the Hedwigs they used!

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The entrance to the Chamber of Secrets!

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I know that was a lot of pictures, so I’ll call it a day on this post! Stay tuned for part 2 of our Harry Potter Studios adventure!

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