Would you guess that the Warner Bros Studio Tour has been open for 6 years!! That is a crazy realisation for me as I visited there on the first week it was open. There is no way to describe the feeling of seeing the doors to the Great Hall in front of you and having them open wide to walk through! I actually cried on my first visit because it felt like I was actually entering Hogwarts for the first time. If you’ve visited the Warner Bros Studio Tour, you’ll know exactly what I’m on about.
In celebration of the Studio Tour being the grand old age of 6, I wanted to share my reasons for why everyone should visit this place and experience real-life magic:
1: IT IS HOGWARTS!!
This is a massive reason for anyone to visit! This is the closest we’ll ever get to stepping into Hogwarts and I will use any excuse to go there. It doesn’t matter how old you are, whether you’re a baby or elderly, every person will be in awe with everything! If you’ve only watched the films, then it’ll probably be a mind-blowing moment to know that you’re stepping on the same floor as actors like Richard Harris, Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman.
They even have the scale model of the school for you to see! All of those incredible shots we get of the castle? IT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!! You will be getting a lot of caps throughout this post as I fangirl. I get very excited about this place, okay?
2. YOU GET A CLOSER LOOK AT ALL THE PROPS AND COSTUMES USED
If you’re anything like me, then you are very nosey when it comes to props. I’ve always seen how detailed the props and costumes are especially the books and the potions. I could see they had writing on them but could never make out what they said, even when I paused the film and squinted at my TV! Visiting the Studio Tour gives you that added bonus of seeing what you couldn’t before. It is also no secret that I have a major love for Mina Lima (the people who created all of the detailed props like pages inside the books, leaflets and everything like that. They knew that the audience wouldn’t get to see what was inside but made everything realistic for the actors!
3. You are surrounded by fans just like you!
There aren’t many places in the UK where you can walk through a door and see a large group of people wearing Hogwarts robes, Potter-themed t-shirts or a look of utter excitement than at the tour. Every time I go to an event such as a premiere or a convention, it makes me feel as if I’m visiting family even if I’ve never met these people before. Harry Potter is that type of fandom that has been around for so long and become part of multiple generations, it makes it easy for you to chat with other fans visiting from different countries! I have anxiety around big groups but I never seem to feel that when I’m here. I can wear my Hufflepuff robes and know that I won’t be looked at odd because there’ll be people just like me!
4. There is always something new to see!
There isn’t just the props, sets and costumes! The Studio Tour also puts on special annual events during certain holidays where people who worked on the films come to do workshops! Until 23rd September, part of the Studio are dedicated to the Goblet of Fire! THAT IS SO COOL!! You get to see how the pieces of parchment were thrown from the Goblet and even get your own piece of parchment to take home! AHH I CAN BE A CHAMPION! The epic carriage from Beauxbatons is added to the Hogwarts model! Like I said, AMAZING!!
If you’re more interested in the darker side of the Wizarding World, then you should check out the Dark Arts! Everything takes a more sinister turn alongside all the amazing Halloween decorations (FLOATING PUMPKINS!!). You get to try out some wand combat with the Death-Eaters and see them hovering around Diagon Alley! Haven’t had the chance to see this yet but definitely booking tickets to see! Maybe I’ll bump into a random troll in the girls’ bathroom?
5. You never know who might pop up to the studio tour for a visit of their own
I haven’t had this happen to me, but a few of my friends have met a couple of the cast who have been visiting the tour with their friends or at an event. I think that has to be an amazing experience! To accidentally bump into someone who was actually in the films…wow. Other celebs tend to pop there too with their kids or just out of their pure love for Potter! They’re human too and allowed to fangirl/fanboy like us!
6. it is our home
We may not have a giant Hogwarts or a theme like in Orlando but the Studio Tour is legendary to all the Harry Potter fans around the world. It is a part of history that we get the chance to see come to life before our eyes and lets us pretend (at least for the day) that we really are Hogwarts students and that we have come home.
Have you had the chance to visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour?