Growing up with the Harry Potter books was a life filled with both fortune and despair. Obviously any life that has had Harry Potter introduced into it is a life worth living; but a life where there is absolutely no escaping the fact that you are just a little Muggle who is never going to receive your acceptance letter from Hogwarts. I’m 24 and even though I can rationalise with the fact that I am never going to get one, I can’t help but still wait. Filling up all of my free time by looking outside of my bedroom window longingly in the hope that somewhere in the distance I will see an owl flying towards me. So if anyone wants to put me out of my misery and unchain me from the shackles of waiting for said letter than I will happily accept one for my 25th birthday. I’m looking right at you friends, family and any secret admirers!
So what can you do when you’re the muggleist muggle that ever lived? Aside from read and watch the Harry Potter series as many times as you possibly can.
Firstly you can go and look a little bit lestrange whilst you pose for photo’s at Platform 9 & 3/4’s in Kings Cross station.
All you have to do is run straight into that brick wall over there and you’ll end up at platform 9 and 3/4’s…
If like me, when you’re done taking this picture you turn around and are faced with a big fat queue of visiting muggles staring at you, waiting patiently for their turn to stand at the wall to pretend that they are running through it, then fear not – your Harry Potter dreams are far from over.
Let me just take a minute to introduce to you *clears throat* THE HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR!
Located just outside of London, the studio is incredibly easy to get to. If you head on over to London Euston station then you’re able to catch a train to Watford station where you will be met by a shuttle bus service that will take you to the studios.
Note: The shuttle bus charges an additional fee of £2.
Merlin’s beard, we’re inside…
When my tour eventually started I think it’s safe to say that I was bouncing up and down with excitement far more than anyone else was, including all the kids. I’m sitting there trying my very hardest to calm the hell down and listen to the “pre-dreams-coming-true” talk, but I didn’t hear much of it when ALOHAMORA the normal looking wall behind her opens up into the goddamn great hall. If I hadn’t paid good money for the ticket and didn’t want to see what else lay ahead then I probably would have fainted, but I’m so adult that I didn’t and could carry on with the tour like a normal human being.
Looking back, my pictures from the day are few and not great but I don’t care because I was too busy having the best day of my life to think about capturing it properly…
It was incredibly easy to forget that I was in Watford during the time that I spent on the tour. Every direction my excited head swung in, I was faced with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I was able to laugh at all of the silly muggles failing so miserably at “Privet Drive” that they almost won by knocking at number 3 instead of number 4.
My once Hazel eyes were glazed over with admiration as I gazed at the “Tri-Wizard Cup”, I saw the biggest fan girl in the world staring out at me from the “Mirror of Erised”, I ran around eagerly searching for golden snitches so that I could proudly stamp my Harry Potter Passport, with what I can only imagine was with as much grace as only Harry himself could have on the quidditch field.
I walked through the Bridge imagining myself having a conversation with my pals Ron, Harry and Hermione after defeating old Voldemort and I went around seeing parts of the set imagining scenes from the movie that they were in.
It really is just the best day out ever. Filled with everything you can want and more during the studio tour. You can even stop and sample Butterbeer for yourself which kind of tastes like cream soda with a butterscotch whipped topping. Yummy, but sickly. Try and drink it without gaining a full on butterbeer moustache, I dare you.
Don’t let the muggles get you down!
I solemnly swear I was up to no good!
When you are quite done inside the studio tour, which you will probably never be because the studio tour is the best thing to have happened to any of us. But just incase you are then you can head over to the gift store to spend your hard earned knuts, sickles & galleons on just about anything Harry Potter you have ever dreamed of. Or if you’re as stingy as I am then you can just play with everything.
Note: Make sure you find the Sorting Hat in the gift shop to find out which House you belong in!
General bits and bobs:
- To find out more about how you can do the tour then head over to Warner Brothers studio tour.
- The tour will set you back £31 as an adult, and £23.50 for children… Worth every penny!
- Make sure you get to Watford 40 minutes before your tour is due to start to give you enough time to get there.
- There is a grand old picnic area, so if you’re going to be there through lunchtime hours then it would be worth packing yourself a lunch to eat there if you’ll get hungry.
- ‘Activity passports’ are available for kids, but you can ask for one as an adult too, because why wouldn’t you?!
- Wifi is available throughout the studio, as you probably want to Instagram every moment of it.
- If magic were to be real, then this would be it…
Staying in London and want even more magic to sprinkle at your visit? Then I would like to introduce you to The Wizard Chambers.
The enchanted chambers start at £199 per night based on two people, so you can bet your bottom dollar that you won’t be sleeping in a cupboard under the stairs.
While I haven’t stayed here myself yet, they look nothing short of magical, with the chambers decorated to a tee to the style of our favourite Wizarding World. They even provide books for you to read, trivial pursuit for you to play & the movies available to rent.
Daniel Dalton, my favourite writer at Buzzfeed wrote and described his stay here, and I can’t lie, it’s made me want nothing more than to stay here in all my 24 years of life.
A massive thanks to Alex who works for the hotel for sending me pictures and information about the Hotel. If the rest of the staff are as helpful and efficient as she was then you are in for a lovely stay!
In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.
So if you want to live out all of your Harry Potter dreams, then get your arse to London where you can have the best damn Harry Potter themed trip of your life!