Last year Warner Brothers opened their studio doors to the public, and allowed people to tour around and visit the iconic sets and see a huge number of props that where used in the films, and located in the very place where they were filmed. Slowly over the last year or so many people that I know have toured around, I have never had the money to go and anxiety has stopped me going with most people or on my own. My friend Ellie are I where discussing how much we wanted to go (she had already been previously) on halloween, as they have some people dressed as death eaters, pumpkins in the great hall, and also various live displays. We decided to just bit the bullet and book it - if these tours had closed without me having the chance to see it then I would have been so upset. So yesterday, Halloween, we boarded our trains and took the two and a half hour journey to Watford in London and we arrived. I had not been this excited about something in a very long time.
On the way there, we stopped off for very yummy smelling pretzels at Clapham Junction.
I will warn you now that If you do not want any spoilers as to what is on the tour then do not continue reading!
Outside the studio they had a few of the giant chess pieces used in the first film on the obstacles before they get to the stone. This was just the start of our magical adventure. On collecting our tickets we gave a man collecting donations a handful of chocolate magic stars and he gave us a very cheery response. We then entered the studio and compared our hand sizes to Daniel Radcliffe's, Emma Watson's and Rupert Grint's.
After a bit of food and a quick sneak peak around the gift shop, we started to queue for our tour. And here it begins.
First you are taken into a room with some thin screens on the walls. It goes dark, someone introduces the tour, and on the screen appears an introduction on how J K Rowling's books became films. You are then let into a cinema, where a trailer for the tour starts led by Daniel, Emma and Rupert. You are shown clips from all the films and it really gets you excited to start. Then there is a surprise that I love - the screen rolls up to reveal the actual door to the great hall, and you then walk up to it. Someone says 'welcome to Hogwarts' and you are led straight in to the great hall in the movies.
You are then presented with the house tables, costumes and sets - we were now free to go through the tour as fast as we liked.
The wonderful door.
My personal favourite far of the tour, was walking into a room and seeing a HUGE full model of Hogwarts that was used in many of the shots in the films. Seeing it was like seeing my childhood and my home. It made me tear up just looking at the place that I had been dreaming of since I was seven years old.
On the train home I dared Ellie to eat all the bad flavours of the Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans we bought - she did, and she is therefore a hero.
Just to finish off this rather long post - me and Jack made pumpkins!
I would like to wish everyone a wonderful halloween and bonfire night :)