As you line up and face the cupboard under the stairs where Harry Potter spent a lot of his early years you can feel the excitement grow. The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studio Tour London is the place to go if you can spot a Weasley in a crowd or know the rules of Quidditch backwards and forwards. Discover the 3 – 2 – 1 of this fantastic Day Out on the outskirts of London.
3 Things you Can’t Miss Out on Experiencing at The Making of Harry Potter
What 3 things can’t be missed out if you are visiting The Making of Harry Potter this year.
1. The Forbidden Forest
Without a doubt, the first can’t be missed attraction this year is the Forbidden Forest. Opening on 31st March 2017 this is an attraction like none of the others at the studio – walking through the set with special effects happening all around and you a trip into the set that allows you to walk between the roots of the giant trees of the forest.
2. Make Dobby Dance
Find out how CGI uses real people and their actions to create the magic of some of the more human of the magical creatures in the Harry Potter movies.
As over in the special effects and prop department you can make Dobby Dance or do Yoga or even act like a clown as you control first the stick man then the framed body and lastly Dobby himself. And yes even mums have a go at this fun addition for 2017.
3. Take a Wand Lesson with a wand master
Tucked away in the ministry of magic section of the sound stage you can find this often missed attraction where you can have a wand lesson with a wand master. Learn how to flick your wrists just so, the words to say and watch as you master the wand just like Harry and the other students at Hogwarts have done over the years.
2 Things you MUST do
Although it’s great to wander around there are a couple of things that if you are heading to the studio tour with kids that you really must do.
1. Get a Studio Tour Activity Passport for the Kids
With two activities – a snitch hunt and 6 stations to stamp your passport at throughout the tour, if not all of the family are as Harry Potter mad as everyone else it gives them something to do whilst you read the displays and see some of the differences between the books and the movie!
2. Take a Photograph at platform 9 and 3/4’s
With the perfect photo opportunity of a trolley entering platform 9 and 3/4’s it can’t be missed – take the whole family or just yourself and pose to run through the wall that those Muggles won’t be able to do.
1. Thing to Buy at The Making of Harry Potter Studio
If you don’t buy anything else – just to say that you have tried it you really should get a cup of Butterbeer in the cafe. I originally wasn’t sure whether I would like it – but the decision is in. This time I actually did so it maybe a taste you acquire – but if you have a sweet tooth you probably will.
Where is it:
Located at Junction 20 off the M25 at Leavesden you can get there easily by car and with a regular shuttle bus from Watford Station you can get there easily by train.
A Family Ticket at the weekend or school holidays in 2017 costs £126 this covers 2 adults and 2 children (5 to 15) – Under 4’s need a ticket but this is free or 1 adult and 3 children (5 to 15). There are saver tickets available during the week and outside of school holidays.
Individual tickets and group tickets can also be brought online as well.
Tickets book up quickly so book in as much advance as you can – weekends and school holidays go VERY quickly and it would be worth booking for Bank Holiday weekends NOW!
There are ample toilets on site as well as 2 cafe’s one outside of the studio tour and the other half way through as well as the Butterbeer stall. There is a souvenir shop as you leave where you can get all the Harry Potter merchandise you could ever want.
Full details of tickets as well as bookings, activities and special events can be found on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Website.