Harry Potter Studio Tour: London, England!

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My family are die-hard Harry Potter fans, and couldn’t wait to get to the official Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour this December, 2014 – we knew all the Christmas decorations would still be up : )

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After about a 45-60 minute bus ride from Victoria Station in London, we arrived in the lobby to a lovely Christmas tree.

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After an introduction to the studio, our tour was set to begin – What was behind the doors???

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The Hogwarts main dining room!!

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Everything looked ready for a Christmas feast, including the Christmas poppers at each place setting!

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Can’t stop taking photos in this great hall : )

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I can see why the cauldron was leaky ; )  Here’s a link to another leaky cauldron:

http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/

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I think this was my favorite room of the tour: the Gryffindor Common Room   : )

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Time keeps on ticking, ticking, into the future…

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There were original costumes worn by the characters in the movies everywhere, but I like these. I remember Hermione’s pink hoodie…

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Dumbledore’s office…

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Potions classroom….and another link:

http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Potions_%28class%29

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Hagrid’s Place : )

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Weasley House : )

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Beautiful pink office, I mean den of torture. Kittens, anyone?

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This Ministry of Magic sculpture was actually pretty powerful in person….

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Typical near-London house – could cost you close to a million dollars in 2014…

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Except for one thing – this is PRIVET DRIVE!! And there is a certain boy-who-lived bunking under the stairway….

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This department can make anything….Check out the variety of hands….

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Harry Potter creatures!

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Buckbeak, a Hippogriff. If you have to ask….

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A favorite part of the tour for sure – Diagon Alley!!

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Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes!!

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Original production art from the movies….

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I like this rendition of Dobby….

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This was one of the coolest things – with the John Williams score playing as you walked into the room with a HUGE scale model of Hogwarts! SO Cool!

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While we were in the room, the lighting changed…day to night?? But really impressive in any case…

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Actually, the model was really beautiful, especially in the night lighting.

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After the scale model room, there is a room of wand boxes with all the cast and crew’s name from each movie – my daughter found Emma Watson’s wand box in the midst of hundreds of others…

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And of course, one must “Exit Through the Gift Shop” – A real Harry Potter Mecca for any true fan. Here’s a link to a fav indie film:

http://exitthroughthegiftshop.com/

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Prince William & Kate love Harry Potter, too : ) This enlarged photo is from the cafe – we waited for our bus departure inside…
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