Sunday, 13 September 2015

Magic is real

2 weeks back the family and I went down to Watford to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and oh wow, it was fantastic! I have always loved Harry Potter, I have grown up watching the films and reading the books so this was super exciting for me and the family. It was a long 2 hour drive as we were stuck in traffic a few times but it was worth it as the whole experience was truly magical.

For anyone who hasn't been to the studio tour and loves Harry Potter, I would totally recommend that you book your tickets online and travel down to Watford as it is just fantastic. I knew some of what to expect as I had seen a few YouTube clips and my mum and brother had been before so they had shown us some photos but what I didn't expect truly amazed me. Originally I was going to write a walk through but the studio tour is full of surprises, I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone.



But what you can expect to see is lots and lots of props from the films. Walking around the studio you'll find Hagrid's Hut, Dumbledore's office, the Gryffindor Common room, smaller items such as the golden egg, each of the Horcruxes, a remembrall, the Triwizard cup and so many more! I would have loved to snap as many photos of the smaller objects but that would have taken a very long time especially as my camera kept playing up. If you take a digital camera just make sure you find the right settings because my camera started strobing. The lighting in the studios isn't the greatest, there's so much going on so they have different lightings for different parts of the studio. I ended up taking photos of the bigger set designs, it was my first time visiting so I didn't want to spend all my time looking at everything through my camera. I did get over 100 photos, some turning out to be quite good than expected. We did have quite a lot of people on our day so I managed to keep most heads out of my good shots!




If you plan on visiting around lunch time I would definitely advise bringing a packed lunch. When you've finished walking around the first section of the studio and have finished looking around the Hogwarts Express (which was so brilliant, It felt like I was on platform 9 3/4) there is a café with lots of seating. Our time slot was for 10:00 so by the time we had got to the café it was around lunch time and we were absolutely starving seeing as we left the house at around 7:45 and didn't really have much to eat for breakfast. But we should have bought a packed lunch seeing as there were 5 of us and the food can be quite pricey, as you can expect when you go out on a day trip, but we ended up sharing a few sandwiches. My youngest brother tried a Butterbeer, however he wouldn't recommend trying one, he couldn't even describe the taste. Everyone has their different taste buds so if you want to, go for it! The café is nice way to relax for a bit if you're planning on staying for a longer time, so you can spend as long as you want.




My highlight of the day had to be seeing the huge model of Hogwarts, it was so beautiful, I was spellbound when I saw it and I didn't want to leave the room. The music playing in the background make it even more magical and I admit that I actually had a few tears in my eyes. I think it was because, growing up watching and reading Harry Potter just made it that extra special visiting the place where the films were created. It just hit me how much I really do love these stories, I had a sense of euphoria visiting the studio tour. I highly recommend visiting.



Next on my travel bucket list is Hobbiton.

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