Back in 1997, when the first Harry Potter book came out, no one could even imagine how big the wizard and his friends are going to be. And by big I actually mean huge, and by huge I mean incredibly popular, worldwide. Today, in 2015, 7 books and 8 films later, the hype around Harry Potter still didn’t die and the new generation of kids is as excited about his adventures as I was back then in the 90s.
So when my family came over for a visit to London, we decided to check out the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Tour. I have to admit that it’s not that easy to get your hands on the tickets, especially during school holidays, so make sure to book them in advance, as early as possible. You can bye the tickets online, they are not very cheap, but I think they are worth every penny as the whole tour takes 3 hours and is incredibly well organised. And if you are a real Harry Potter fan like my sister Kamila, you won’t regret any penny you spent. Be aware that the tickets only include the entrance to the tour, but not the audio guide or the travel tickets to the Warner Bros. Studio and back, for all these things you have to pay extra. There are different ways of getting to the WB Studio, you can either take the Harry Potter bus, which will pick you up from Victoria Station or Baker Street. The second option is to take a train from Euston station to Watford Junction and then the Harry Potter Shuttle from Watford Junction to the WB Studio. We went for the second option for two reasons: First of all it’s way cheaper to take the train and then the bus rather then to go by bus from Central London. And the other advantage is that it’s way faster (especially if you live close to Euston Station). The train ride takes 15 minutes and the bus ride afterwards around 20 minutes.
When you arrive at the WB Studios you will have to queue for a bit to get to start the tour, but as you pick an allocated time slot when buying the tickets, the waiting time is no longer than 10 minutes. And then finally the adventure starts. You will first hear some general information about the tour, then a short film about the making of Harry Potter will follow and then you will be able to enter the first room of the Harry Potter world. This room is no other than the famous dining hall that appears in all Harry Potter movies. I don’t want to tell you too many details as I don’t want to spoil the experience for you, but be ready for a lot of behind the scene secrets, detailed requisites and costumes, original butter beer and sweets from the movie plus you will be able to take a ride on a broom and capture the fun on a video, that can be later purchased and taken home. We did a family photo in the flying car which was absolutely fun as well.
The tour ends with an incredible shop where you can get everything that a Harry Potter fan is craving for: wands, Gryffindor scarves and jumpers, all types of chocolates, magnets, postcards and a million other things. And finally here are some photos of our Harry Potter tour, enjoy: