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My weekend getaway to Hogwarts

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I bet there are many Harry Potter fans out there! I’m about to make you all jealous, telling you about my experience at the Harry Potter Studios in London.

This place is super popular, we booked our tickets months ahead. At the entrance we had to queue up. All bags were searched and we were scanned with metal detectors. Our tour started at 5:30. We were early, so we killed some time in the gift store. There are many cool items there ranging from Harry Potter clothing, keychains, wands to chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott’s every flavor jelly beans. I found everything overpriced to be honest, but I suppose that happens when something gets this big.

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The tour started with a short film where the actors talked about the making of the movies. Then we were lead to the Great Hall, where we could see some of the original costumes the professors wore. The staff had a lot of knowledge about the movies and they were kind. After the Great Hall we had as much time to wander around everywhere on our own as we wanted.

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We saw the potions class, the Philosopher’s Stone, Dumbledor’s office, the Gryffindor common room, the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets and a loooooooot more.

Make sure you experience riding on a broomstick or in a flying car in front of the green screen. Unfortunately they don’t teach you any spells how you could get these photos and videos for free afterwards, but even if you are not going to buy them, it’s a fun experience to have.

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You will arrive to the cafe area after where you can eat your home made sandwiches or you can buy food. But I think what we are all eager to try is the butter beer. (£3.95 for plastic cup and £5.95 in souvenir cup) I have to disappoint all of you, it’s not great! No one I know is a fan of it to be honest. Just too sweet to my liking.

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You will continue your way outside where you can snap a photo in front of Privet Drive and the knight bus.

You can walk through Diagon Alley and see how costumes and after effect were made. It’s truly amazing how much work went into the making of these films.

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Overall the tour lasted around 3 hours. It’s a self guided tour mostly so you can spend as much time as you want. I had a lot of fun on the tour. I think it’s well worth the money. You will learn a lot about how the movies were made and you can geek out seeing the original sets and costumes. :D

So have any of you been to the studio tour? What was your favorite part?

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  1. Omg I LOVED this place when I visited last year. Definitely one of my favourite things I’ve done in England :) such a fan girl.

  2. It looks very crowded! We’re you still able to see everything with the crowd? Was the consistency of the butter beer similar to regular beer? I feel like it’s something you have to try (even if you know it’s probably not good), just to say you did it.

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  3. OMG I’m SO jealous!! I just started reading The Philosopher’s Stone to my 6 year old so I’m getting right back into my love of Harry Potter. I’d love to do this next time I’m in London…would you say it’s kid-appropriate? Were there other kids on the “tour”?

  4. This looks like so much fun. I’ve had friends say the Butter Beer at Universal Studios in Los Angeles is pretty bad too. I’d love to visit here in London. Bet it feels more authentic.

  5. I love Harry Potter! Have been wanting to visit the Harry Potter studios for so long already, but never got around to doing it. I’m a bit disappointed about the butter beer though – everyone tells me it’s not that great :D

  6. I love Harry Potter. I would love to do this tour sometime! Looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I only read the Harry Potter books (and saw the movies) for the first time last year, and the age of 29! It would be so cool to see all of these magical things in real life.

  8. Man, I love me some Potter! I bet the pictures don’t do the magic there justice! It is a shame when they overprice things :(

  9. Wow it looks identical to the one in Orlando that I have been to! So, I just looked it up since we are going to London for NYE and it is all sold out for the entire month of December! booooooo! Would love to see it in London, but I guess there is always next time! :( Super jelly!

  10. I’ve only watched Harry Potter Movies. I bet it would be so interesting to see this. I’m jealous

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