"Why can't we just apparate to the studio tour?"
I should probably go ahead and disclaim that if you have zero interest in Harry Potter, you will have zero interest in this post.
When I last left you, I was catching the Hogwarts Express at Kings Cross Station.
We had booked reservations ahead of time to visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in Leavesden. There are two huge stages in the complex. The private back lot is one of the largest functioning film studios in Europe. We were only allowed entrance to the separate space dedicated entirely to Harry Potter.
Already geeking out!
We were led through these heavy doors into the Great Hall.
The professors greeted us at the front.
All of these costumes on display were actually worn by the actors during production.
The green screened frames are used for the moving portraits in the films.
The publications section of the studio tour was my favorite!
We made our way outside to see some of the exterior locations.
These guys were actually rigged to travel around the board.
I'm a really great driver, I promise!
I got to try my very first Butterbeer!
I might've liked it a little too much...
Back inside to the props department!
This guy was my favorite
We passed through Diagon Alley to browse for some wizarding supplies.
Around the corner we were treated to this astonishing sight...
This is the Hogwarts model that was used during the production of the series. The touch screens let us see how the cinematographers pieced the shots together to make it look realistic.
We finally ended our adventure at the gift shop to bring back some goodies.
Harry Potter had always been a huge part of my childhood, so it was exciting to relive all of those memories.
Tomorrow will be the last blog post from London! It's hard to believe that these incredible six weeks have come to an end. I can't wait to share with you our last special morning that we spent together.