Monday, September 03, 2012

Hoggy Warty Hogwarts

HP Passport
I kind of love Harry Potter as I'm sure many of you do and I have been itching to go to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter ever since I first heard about it. After luckily managing to get tickets in the Summer holidays, my sisters and my dad all trooped down to Leavesden Studio (where the HP series was actually filmed) last Thursday, eager to see for ourselves, the iconic sets, props and models that were used in the movies. Since my youngest sister had a child ticket, she was given one of these cute passports where she had to collect different stamps from around the attraction, I admit I was a teeny bit jealous! If you follow me on instagram you might have noticed a few photos but here are a few more from my day...
Great Hall
Gryffiindor Common Room
Dumbledore's Office
Potions
The Burrow
Weasley's Wizard Wheezes
Daily Prophet
Privet Drive
Knight Bus 2
Knight Bus
Jacket - Topshop, Blouse - Forever 21, Necklace - Miss Selfridge, Skirt - ASOS, Belt - c/o Next, 
Bag - Kwai Chung Plaza (HK), Shoes - Converse
Butterbeer
We sampled the butterbeer which is pretty much a cream soda concoction with a frothy marshmallowy foam. It's sickly but I couldn't leave the studios without a taste! Diagon Alley was definitely a high point and it made me really wish that they were all real working shops.
Diagon Alley
Diagon Alley
Hogwarts
The shop is horrifyingly expensive but a lot of fun to browse. As tempting as it was to buy school robes, Gryffindor scarves and wands, we ended up buying a armful of chocolate including Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, Fizzing Whizzbees and a Chocolate Wand. We sat in the car afterwards with all our goodies, feeling a little like Harry in his first year where he buys his first treats off the trolley on the Hogwarts Express and devours them with Ron! Happy happy.
Anything off the trolley dears?It was a really fabulous day out with the family and it'll leave you wishing you were a set designer/prop maker. It will also leave you in awe of all the workmanship and details that are part of every scene, from conception on pen and paper to the fully working models. I do wonder if they'll ever expand and include more sets from the film but we all left with smiles on our faces and with a couple more family photos to add to our photo albums! I would most definitely recommend a visit, in fact - I'd love to go back!

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37 comments

  1. Wow! i hope i get the chance to go there too someday :D

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  2. Winnie, this is so amazing! I think I would love it there! :) I like harry potter but my sister is a much bigger fan so I'll absolutely have to tell her about this! ;) thanks for sharing!

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  3. I loved how realistic everything looks! If only. Those lucky HP actors and actresses!

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  4. So amazingly, amazingly jealous!! xx

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  5. Winnieeeeeee I super duper love your outfit (is it that cold in the UK?!). Anyway it's so cute you and your family went for a trip to 'see' Harry Potter. Now if it was Lord of the Rings I'd definitely be super jealous!

    Sam
    http://www.samishome.com

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  6. Oh so jealous. Looks like a great day out.

    The faceless character creep me out a bit, though!

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  7. my sister would totally freak out if she could go!

    xxx
    www.ladyalamode.com

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  8. I'm so jealouss ! This looks amazing, sounds like a fabulous thing to do as a whole family. I might see if mine are willing. Also tempted to lie about my age for one of those passports. If only I could use a bit of magic to make me looks younger ;)

    Molly xo

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  9. I'm so jealouss ! This looks amazing, sounds like a fabulous thing to do as a whole family. I might see if mine are willing. Also tempted to lie about my age for one of those passports. If only I could use a bit of magic to make me looks younger ;)

    Molly xo

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  10. EXTREMELY JEALOUS! I cannot wait to get to see this place, loving all the goodies you got!!

    Rianna xx

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  11. Oh my god, this is so cool! I would so love to go one time, it's as exciting as Disneyland I guess! :D Thank you for sharing and I hope you had a good time :)

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  12. My girlfriend would be so jealous of this trip. She loves Harry Potter. Even more than me.

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  13. So jealous of your life Winnie!!! I need to make a trip to the tour! It's my new mission in life.

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  14. I am beyond jealous of you right now! I started singing the song as soon as I saw the title of this post aha! Go again and take me with you? :P

    Beauty for Biochemists

    xx

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  15. You are adorable, and these pictures are so incredible! Thank you for sharing :D

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  16. This sounds like so much fun, I love seeing all the costumes and props from films!

    Maria xxx

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  17. wonderful photos!
    Love it!!!


    xoxo
    http://mynameisglenn.wordpress.com

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  18. Oh man, I'm so jealous, it looks amazing! I especially love the potions classroom and dumbledore's owl lectern!
    Faye x

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  19. I can't even describe how much I looove Harry Potter.
    I would've being completely nerding out the whole though :') ♥

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  20. i was really looking forward to seeing your pics winnie & seeing what caught your eye. my biggest regret too was that the shops in diagon alley weren't open for real! it was amazing, so pleased you enjoyed it too!

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  21. walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =)

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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  22. yaaaaaaaaaaay you finally went there! I've been waiting for this post for so long XD man, I wish I could go too! although the mannaquins kinda freaked me out haha XD I'm glad you had fun then! I could never keave without tasting butterbeer either. your outfit is really cute too! :))

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  23. I'm not a big fan of harry potter really (I know! Zomg!) but it is such an icon now that I think even I would enjoy this. (especially the chocolate and sweets haha)

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  24. Oh wow, Winnie, this all looks amzing! I love the fact that in some of the scenes they have a prop Snape and Dumbledore. How brilliant! xxx

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  25. dream come true! omggggg i wanna go so bad T_T

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  26. You have no idea how incredibly JEALOUS I am of this post! I very much want to visit this place!!!!!!!!
    >3 HP!
    xo,
    nancy

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  27. waaah looked really fun and awesome there!! Now we know what that butterbeer taste like!! Thanks for sharing Winnie, hope you have fun at the Bestival! Let's catch up again before I leave :P

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  28. A must visit awesome place!!

    xx
    http://chirpofmind.blogspot.com

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  29. I totally want to go there ... it looks magical! Was the house just a fascade, btw? So curious ...

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  30. I have to go there!
    I love harry potter ahahah
    Too cool.

    http://under-liner.blogspot.com.es/

    Love from Barcelona!

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  31. I have to go there!
    I love harry potter ahahah
    Too cool.

    http://under-liner.blogspot.com.es/

    Love from Barcelona!

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  32. oh, this is such amazing place <3 i wish i could go there once!
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/CoeursDeFoxes

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  33. OH MY WORD, that is AMAZING!! I definitely want to try this out. It looks so fun. The fan in me is definitely going nuts over these photos!

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  34. it looks awesome! it seems like the butterbeer there and the butter beer here at the wizarding world of harry potter in the states is different - the one here is delicious and can come frozen! so good. some people in orlando actually use their passes just to come in and get the butterbeet. and the fizzing whizzbies are so fun! all of your photos make me want to go here - and i LOVE your outfit!

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  35. WOOOOW !
    Amazing !

    xo ,
    Ana Catalarrana
    http://Sinbowtie.blogspot.com

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  36. That is so very cool! :)
    All the best,

    Jana & Vanessa from charming Berlin ♥

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