By: Emily Lovasz
Wow. Where do I begin? I have no words to describe our adventure today in London, but I will try to. With only four days left on our trip abroad, we took a train and then a bus out to The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. I have been a fan of Harry Potter for years. I have visited Warner Bros. Studio in Los Angeles and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, which is pretty much everything Harry Potter that you could visit. However, before coming on this trip, I didn’t think I would have the opportunity to visit the studios where the films were actually made.
We saw sound stages from the movies, moving magical props, costumes, sets, and anything else you could imagine. The start of the tour is in a theatre where a short film plays and at the end, the screen lifts up to reveal the doors to the Great Hall of Hogwarts.
The tour continued with costumes hung on mannequins, hair and makeup tables, a moving staircase and sets from the dormitories in Hogwarts. Both sides of the walkway were filled with things from the movie. It was overwhelming and took over three hours to walk completely through, but it was worth it.
We also heard while listening to some of the employees talk about the costumes from the movies that Emma Watson herself was taking a tour with some of her friends. While we didn’t get the chance to see her, it was pretty cool to even be in the same building as her.
After the Emma Watson debacle, Courtney and I continued walking to see the potions classrooms, Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s hut and the Weasley’s house. The next turn took us through iron gates into the forest where the magical creatures of the movies lived. Finally, we came around the corner to Platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwarts Express!
There was a break in the tour where you could indulge in ButterBeer, a frothy and butterscotch drink, only found in four locations in the world!
Starting the second part of the tour, we walked through the art department and saw more hair and makeup, special effects and 3D models of some of the sets before they were built. After, we turned onto Diagon Alley and then made our way to one of the last parts of the tour: the castle. This was not a normal castle, it was a full scale castle that was actually used for filming scenes in the movies. This was probably one of the best parts of the entire tour.
Along with a few others in the group, I got to nerd out for the day in one of the most magical places to visit. I was amazed at the sheer size of the productions and everything that went into making the movies and it was really cool to see a lot of what was used to make them. I never thought I would be seeing everything up close. All eight of the movies were brought to life in the few hours that we visited Warner Bros. Studio in London.