Fans of Hogwarts, Quidditch and Harry will love this tour
Product: The Making of Harry Potter tour Price: £31.00 Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
A tour of the Harry Potter studios. It’s £31 for adults, £23.50 for children under 15 and free for under 4s. Family and group discounts available; FREE entry for one carer per paying disabled visitor. Visitors with special requirements should contact the studio prior to visiting.
Our tester said…
As a huge fan of J.K. Rowling’s books, but less enthralled by their screen adaptations, I have always been curious why so many people fall in love with the Potter Tour. Understandably the superfans can’t get enough of it. But I’m now telling everyone who will listen: “you have to go, you’ll love it.”
When buying tickets you have to pick a time slot, so plan for your tour to take a few hours. There’s a regular bus from Watford Junction, so you can easily add this activity to a day or two of London fun.
There’s a short film to watch before guides take you through the first part of the tour. They reveal a few key facts before allowing you to view costumes, sets and props at your leisure.
It was so exciting to stand just feet from the famous costumes, dressed on mannequins. They felt much more real and interesting because they weren’t worn by the actors, who would have inevitably drawn my attention away from the clothes! The props (including the intricate Goblet of Fire) and the sets (my favourite was Dumbledore’s office) were simply magical.
There’s a lot of fun to be had with the ‘green screens’, where you can pose for pictures on brooms, and in wizarding robes.
The section where the filmmakers explain how Quidditch and the other special effects work is equally impressive.
There’s also a permanent new addition to the tour, all about the Dark Arts. A scene from one of the series’ darker moments is on display, as well as all sorts of never-before-seen props and gadgets brandished by Voldemort’s supporters.
The most appealing part of this section was the area dedicated to Dolores Umbridge, a formidable minister who lost her way in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Her collection of cat plates, petite fashion and vintage trinkets really made me smile.
After stopping to peruse the external sets and sample a Butterbeer (very sweet on top, soda below), there are highly impressive models and displays to marvel at. You walk through Diagon Alley and around a fabulous model of Hogwards, before exiting via the gift shop.
The staff really know their stuff and it’s fascinating to get up close and personal with the endless fun and mystery of Harry’s world. So the only reason I give it four stars rather than five is the cost involved.
Don’t misunderstand me – every inch of the tour is worth paying for. But be prepared for pricey merchandise and take advantage of the group rate if possible!
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