Life Travels | London Adventure: Harry Potter & Butterbeer

Friday, 5 August 2016

Harry potter studio tours london.

Hi guys I have another London adventures blog post to share with you today and this one is quite special. 

Being the 90's kinds that we are, myself and my boyfriend are massive Harry Potter fans. We've read all the books and watched all the movies several times and still can't get enough which is why my parents decided to treat us to tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour London while we were away!

But before all the Harry Potter madness that was about to unfold we had to do one very important thing. Breakfast at Bill's

I went for a delicious, perfectly ripe avocado on toast with tomatoes on the side and a gorgeous refreshing raspberry, peach and watermelon juice.

Bill's avocado on toast with watermelon, peach and raspberry juice.

One Starbucks and a missed train later we finally made it to the Harry Potter Studios in Watford, just outside of London.

We joined the queue and were soon released into a world of Harry Potter backstage secrets and tricks. I must say you seriously don't realise the amount of effort and time that goes into the making of the films until you've walked around the hundreds of props, costumes, masks, sets and fake beards. I really was blown away by the massive amount of attention to detail that was paid to these films. Did you know all of those wand boxes in Olivander's Wand Shop were hand decorated and painted?

We were lucky enough to be there for the 15th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone which meant there were a few added extras that are not usually available to the public. We got to see the Sorting Hat and speak to set designers who actually worked on the movies. 

Harry Potter Studio Tour London, close up of boar head water pitcher in the great hall.

The head master's costumes, Dumbledore, McGonagall, Snape, Mad-Eye Moody, Sorting Hat, Great Hall


Fleur Delacour's cosutme details



The Philosopher's Stone


Professor Umbridge costume details and office props.


Me at Platform 9 3/4- Platform 9 and three quarters.

Harry and Ron in the train carriage, the sweets trolly nearby



Half way through the tour we decided it was time for a snack so we picked up some bits at the Backlot Cafe which was also home to the famous Butterbeer, Privet Drive, The Night Bus and much more.

Butterbeer

Harry Potter Studio Tour London Vegan and Non-vegan food. Burgers and Butterbeer

Inside Privet Drive, Harry Potter's house, Hogwarts Letters

Outside Privet Drive, Harry Potter's House

Hagrid's motorbike and sidecar

After a our burgers and sickly sweet butterbeer we entered the creatures, beasts and costume section of the tour. We ran into goblins, Buckbeak, Hagrid and even Fluffy's harp!

Goblin mask and make-up

Buckbeak

One of my favourite parts was walking down Diagon Alley and being blown away by the scaled down replica of Hogwarts Castle.

Diagon Alley, Harry Potter, Shopping Street

Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Magic, Model,

We had such a good time wandering around the studios and breathing life back into our love for Harry Potter. I'd definitely recommend giving the studio a visit if you're anything like me and believe your a true mudblood who never got their Hogwarts letter.

I still have one more wonderful day to write about so keep your eyes peeled for that coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by,




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