First of all, let me make it clear that I am a big fan of the Harry Potter books and films. So when I was invited to visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour and see The Making of Harry Potter, I was jumping for joy. I have been wanting to visit the studio for ages, but I have been waiting for my youngest to be at an age where he would
not destroy everything be able to enjoy the sets and props. But since the event was held at 6.30pm-10pm on a school night, it was the perfect excuse to go without the children. I was able to take one of my nieces and one of my mummy friends so we could properly geek out on Harry Potter.
When you first start the tour of the studio, you are transported to the gates of Hogwarts. Then you walk into The Great Hall and can imagine all the feasts and assemblies that Harry and his pals enjoyed. The sets are wonderful. I could easily have spent hours looking at everything, but we had to get to the Backlot Café for drinks, canapés and Butterbeer ice cream.
And when I thought we couldn't have more fun, then Mrs Durseley herself (played by the lovely Fiona Shaw) cut the ribbon for the opening of Privet Drive. Although the house has been on display, we finally get to go inside and see all of the letters that Professor Dumbledore sent to Harry when he was accepted into Hogwarts. Amazing! Have a look at my vlog below to see how cool that flying letters look on camera.
All that was left was a walk through Diagon Alley, some of the fab creatures from the film and the huge model of Hogwarts. We then had time for a quick look through the very big gift shop before the trek back home to south west London (about one and a half hours on various trains/tube).
Number Four Privet Drive will be on display from 27th May until the 6th June, so try not to miss it. Tickets will be popular during the half-term, so book your tickets online as soon as you can. A family ticket (two adults and two children over the age of four) costs about £107. If you're planning to go to the WB Studio Tour, you can take the train to Watford Junction and then there are shuttle buses from the station to the studio. And of course, you can drive, or take buses. Sorry, no magic trains or flying cars available.
*Photo credit, last photo - Taki Austin
I was invited to visit the WB Studios for the opening of #4 Privet Drive for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.