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Uncovering the Secrets in the Making of Harry Potter in London
Let’s get into the hype of the recent phenomenon that they will be publishing a Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book of new stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child after the play’s world premiere this summer with a visit to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of the Making of Harry Potter in London!

It’s no secret I, John Hathaway II, am a hardcore Harry Potter fan — Potterhead to be precise.

I’ve read all of the books and watched all the films more than twice. I basically grew up right alongside the lead actors of the film. Anyways, I had the chills all over me way before getting into the studio. Unfortunately, Calvin was nowhere close to being a fan of Harry Potter even though he had seen the films, so he just went straight into the studio and filmed the whole thing while I took all the time to immerse myself into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Uncovering the Secrets in the Making of Harry Potter in London

It was the Halloween season when I visited, so they were featuring Dark Arts to show the darker aspects of the Harry Potter film series. The studio is regularly changing according to the seasons, so each visit can have its own unique highlight. I personally am glad I came during this season, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to see Death Eaters and the Halloween feast in the Great Hall! Many thanks go to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London for their complimentary tour!

Not only that, I couldn’t be any luckier to visit the studio at this time because they just added the authentic Hogwarts Express train merely months before I visited in October. With no further ado, here’s a peek inside the studios!

Experiencing the Magic…

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Be sure to grab one of this before entering the studio. They normally give this to only children, but I begged.

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Entering the Great Hall of Hogwarts

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The Iconic Great Hall all dressed for the occasion with a section of its long table with a halloween feast including red apples, pumpkins, and cauldrons of lollipops.

MIA: Two long tables and the “enchanted ceiling.” — Nonetheless, it felt real!

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Do you see how insane is the detail of the costume?! Amazing!

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Hey! I got the password right and the Fat Lady let me in…

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The Gryffindor common room was just like the real thing!

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Albus Dumbledor’s office

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It definitely didn’t look that big in the movie! I was blown away by the size up-close.

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All of the stuff that kept Voldemort alive. Good thing they all are destroyed!

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The gathering of the Death Eaters at the Malfoy Manor.

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Yeah, I dueled with a Death Eater…. or not! =P

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Self-Explantory — The Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station.

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Can you believe it’s been 15 years since they filmed this scene?! This surely got me nostalgic.

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See how excited I was to try an ice cold Butterbeer!

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Yeah, Calvin couldn’t resist a Butterbeer mustache selfie. The Butterbeer tasted like cream soda with butterscotch whipped topping.

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Where it all began!

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You gotta check out the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes shop in the Diagon Alley! 😉

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You’ll be mind-blown by how detailed and magnificent the actual model of Hogwarts!

 

Hey! There’s plenty more where these photo came from, but I wouldn’t want to spoil too much of the magic when you have the chance to visit.

Tips for Visiting The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour

Book your tickets in advance! — You can’t actually just turn up on the day and visit the studios. You have to prebook your tickets on the website.

Request a British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter — They will gladly accommodate you to a sign language interpreter if you’re Deaf and a sign language user. However, be sure to request at least two weeks in advance, so they would have time to arrange the interpreter to come on the day of your visit. Also, ask for Caroline, she was very clear and visual while interpreting in British Sign Language. I didn’t have a single issue understanding her and she has a great receptive skill with my signing. Besides, she was very observant and she would ask the people to bring out different cool stuff from the films that weren’t on display based on what I was looking at. She has been interpreting for this set, so she knew what should be shown.

The Studio is actually 45 minutes away from central London — You will have to take London’s overground rail from London Euston to Watford Junction. From there, you will find a Warner Bros. shuttle to the studios. You can’t miss it, really. The bus is literally covered with Harry Potter pictures and their logo.

Be sure to ask the guides lots of questions — They REALLY do know their stuff and love to share their geeky knowledge, from which buttons to press to make the flying car invisible, to which masks were worn by which death eaters.

Flying a broomstick — Go to the green screen area to record a video of you flying a broom. Photos are included as well.

Put aside a lot of time — Visitors spend an average of 3.5 hours to complete the tour.

Set a budget for Souvenirs — Not kidding, you can easily break the bank inside the gift shop at the end of the tour. Quite pricey, but I didn’t care and spent a fortune anyways. Hardcore Potterhead here. I don’t think you’d want to be me in this situation. =P

Final Thoughts

For the entire 2-hour tour, I revisited my childhood, simple as that. The ending gave me the goosebumps and chills all over again. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I was blown away with how they put up all of the wand boxes. I just didn’t want it to end.

This is truly a magical experience for both Harry Potter fans and those who simple enjoy the art and work behind the sciences of a fantasy master piece!

Uncovering the Secrets in the Making of Harry Potter in London

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

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Calvin Young

Calvin Young

Hey buddy! I go by Calvin and I'm a Deaf traveler. I love exploring the world to discover and share amazing stories, useful tips, stunning photographs, jaw-dropping videos and many more with you all! I aim to empower and inspire the Deaf people that they can do anything they want through my travels.

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