With nil expectations, I opened the freshly published pages and was met with the first chapter, ‘The Boy who lived’…and the rest was history. Harry Potter was such a big part of my childhood, adolescene and now adulthood, as I grew up with the characters both in print and in film.
I am in awe of J.K Rowling’s capacity to carefully craft such a wonderful and seemingly tangible escape from reality, transporting children and adults alike into this fantasy world whereby witches and wizards undergo modified and hyper-dramatic experiences of the human condition.
When I was younger, I wanted more than anything to be able to visit this world for myself. And over 10 years later since the introduction of the books and the making of 8 films, the very studios where the films were made have now been opened to the public so that fans can visit the famous sets and real life interpretations of this magical world!
Costs and how to get tickets
Tickets can be purchased online here: tickets for adults start at 33 pounds. You are allocated an arrival time slot within which you need to arrive. The attraction is highly popular at all times of the year and purchasing tickets are essential. I would recommend avoiding holiday season and school breaks, but if your trip falls in this time period I would advise booking your tickets in advance. I went in off season and it was still packed!
Where is it located?
The Warner Bros Harry Potter studios are located 20 miles NW of london, about an hour out of central London by train in an area known as Watford. I made the trip via the London Overground and was picked up in a harry potter world plastered double decker ‘shuttle bus’ run by Mullaney’s coaches from the station and taken to the studios. The price of this was 2 pound return. There are also direct pick up and drop offs from central london to the Leavesden studio.
How long to spend there
Whilst you have a specific time to arrive within, there is no time pressure once inside the studios which is wonderful! So you can go through the studio at whatever pace you like! All I up I spent a near 4 hours.
What to expect
Queuing in line, you actually get your first glimpse of a familiar set, the cupboard under the stairs. The smallest set in the studios, it is incredible to see how movie magic and film and production can create something so vivid from something so seemingly simple. That set would fit in my room! Waiting in line, a wonderful quote is plastered on the wall saying:
‘No story lives unless someone wants to listen’.
The quote combined with the now famous orchestra tunes of the movie playing reverently in the background made for a unique gee up of what was to come.
After two sets of multimedia rooms and presentations, you are walked into the Great Hall. The perfect introduction of the studios and what is to come. Here is my little visual diary of my day at Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio’s in Leavesden, a day that had me riding