Last Friday Jamie and I got to use our Christmas present to each other, a ticket to the Harry Potter studio tour, we were both very excited as we are huge Harry Potter fans.
Fred was less excited.
Our tour started in the Great hall, the tables were set and costumes from the films lined the walls.
From the great hall we entered a huge room with many of the original film sets within it. Including the Gryffindor boys dormitory, the Gryffindor common room, the potions class room, and many more.
The huge props that were made especially for the film were really impressive.
Below is the door from the chamber of secrets.
After exploring the hall full of sets and props we ventured outside to taste butter beer. It wasn't as nice as I imagined it would be. It was foamy and toffeey but it wasn't thick enough. I know this is wrong but I also always imagined it would be warm...
What wasn't a disappointment was seeing the Knight bus, it was HUGE! Cool fact- they had to add 4tons of weight to the bottom of the bus to make sure the fullsize triple decker wouldn't topple over!
The rooms with the make up and animatronics were astonishing. They had a full size moving hippogryff that actually bowed. The masks for all of the goblins were really detailed.
All of the sets had to be made up in card before being created full size, below is the village of Hogsmead.
As we walked in the the room with the huge model of Hogwarts people gasped. It is almost silly that a model of a castle can have that affect on people but again it was incredibly detailed and impressive.
It was covered in 'snow' for the winter :)
We had a good time, but I do think it is a bit over priced. It took us three and a half hours to take the tour. and we paid £30 each. We wouldn't pay that for a theme park that we would spend all day in.
We also made the mistake of having a light lunch in the cafe we had a sandwich, yogurt and cold drink each and it cost us £18!
It was a long day, as it was a 3hr drive each way, but it was definitely worth it.
On the way back we stopped at a service station with big mirrors so we took a family 'selfie' :)