I SAW HOGWARTS AND DIAGON ALLEY! Sorry about that. As you may have gathered, I am a little hyper… My mum and I are big Harry Potter fans and being the awesome mother she is, bought tickets to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. This is where I spent part of my birthday: wandering around the Warner Bros. studios.
Not to sound cliche, but it was a magical experience! For some reason I was under the impression that it would be a guided tour – I have no idea why I thought this. However, most of it is not. It starts with you and the rest of the people for that time slot of the day, going into a room with a member of staff – who was rather funny – and watching screens on the wall where producers of the movie etc. talk about how the movies got started etc. and then the doors ‘magically’ open and you walk into a cinema where you watch a short video. Once the video is over, the screen rises and there…in front of you…is the door to the Great Hall. It was very surreal. The member of staff who guided us through the Great Hall, asked if it was anyone’s birthday; my mum of course was pointing to me. Me being me – who is shy – was not going to stand in front of all those people while they were taking photos. There was another girl there celebrating her birthday, so she got to open the door. Never mind… I don’t mind – I do however want the birthday badge she got.
After we were walked through the Great Hall, we were then let loose on the rest of the studio. You get to walk around and see the props, the different rooms from the movies and you get to see Privet Drive.
I’m not sure why, but I thought Privet Drive would be a street somewhere, but it was a small section of a street on a studio lot. That’s the illusion shattered then. Sorry, have I shattered this illusion for you too? That can happen on the tour, but it’s still incredible!
Some of my favourite parts of the tour were:
- The potions room – Who would have thought one of my favourite rooms would be a classroom? There was something about it: I liked the stonework walls, seeing the potion’s textbook sitting on the table and seeing the cauldron ‘alive’ – it was stirring itself! The mannequin of Professor Snape was cool and creepy all at the same time; I kept expecting to see Alan Rickman’s face there.
- I loved seeing Dumbledore’s office! I want Dumbledore’s office as my own! It was so weird standing in the office, seeing all the paintings on the walls; seeing all the books and Dumbledore’s desk.
- My most favourite part was standing on Diagon Alley. I stepped onto the cobbles and just took a moment and thought: Wow, I am standing on Diagon Alley. Granted, it is not as spectacular as what you see in the movies – it really does give you a new appreciation of what goes into putting the movies together and what amazing effects can be accomplished on the computer – but it was incredible getting to walk on those cobbles and see Ollivanders and to see the Weasley twins’ joke shop. Seriously, I can’t even explain how much I loved it!
The tour all in all was just AMAZING! There was a green room where you go and, I think, see yourself on a screen flying on a broomstick – I didn’t go in there. There were a lot of kids queuing up for this. It was just great being able to go around at your own pace and explore. It was nice being able to see models of buildings etc. and see the artwork.
It was an incredible day; one of my best birthdays! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I long to go again.