Anyway, this is going to be an incredibly long, picture heavy post, so I'm adding a page break. I'm going to apologise in advance for the sheer number of photos. Between the four of us, we took over five hundred photographs, and two hundred of them were mine...
If you are planning on going on the tour and you want it to be a surprise, do not read this post!
The first room that we went in was The Great Hall. The doors made me feel even smaller than usual! Unfortunately we somehow ended up at the very back which made it very hard to get a good look around. It was very long and the level of detail was incredibly impressive. I'd love to be able to go in alone and take photographs of it empty!
After The Great Hall we entered a large room which contained various props and sets. It was very chaotic and busy. It was difficult to decide what to look at, and I'm still convinced that I managed to miss half of it because the level of things in there was just so overwhelming. You get to walk around at your own pace and take your time, which was great. I think we definitely spent at least half of the time of the tour here!
From here we decided to go in the green screen room. It took the longest to get into, I think we queued for about half an hour or so. However, it is worth the wait, it was very fun and interesting to see the other people on their brooms! The photographs were expensive on their own but reasonable if you were buying in bulk. There were four of us and we bought five photographs and it cost us around £7 each I think. You aren't allowed to take photographs in there but here's the official ones!
We then moved onto the outdoor area, which was dark and very cold as we were on one of the later tours. It was very hard to photograph. And, just in case you're wondering, Butterbeer tastes like liquid marshmallow. The Knight Bus also smells really bad...
It was a bit too cold in the outside area to linger so we quickly moved on! By far the creepiest room for me was the Creature Room. You'll all be pleased to know that I'm not sharing the photos I took of dead Dobby. I can be nice sometimes!
After the Creature Room we moved onto the part I was looking forward to the most: Diagon Alley. The lighting was really odd; it changed from night to day which again made it hard to take pictures! I'd quite like to see the spooky version they put on for Halloween!
After Diagon Alley we moved onto the final part of the tour, the Art Department, the Castle Model and the Wand Room. The Castle Model was fascinating, and a lot larger than I was anticipating! The detail was astounding.
Trying to select which pictures to show on here was an absolute nightmare. There was so much to see that it was actually a bit overwhelming, and I don't think I managed to take it all in. A lot of the photos were blurring as the lighting was a bit odd. My favourite parts were Diagon Alley, the castle model and the green screen room. The staff at the studio were all lovely and genuinely seemed to be enjoying themselves, and they even gave my sister and my cousin (it was her birthday the day after we went) a birthday badge to wear. I cannot express just how much I enjoyed it. I don't think I've ever laughed so much in one day; it was a brilliant experience and one that I would definitely recommend! Personally, I'd go back just to go in the shop, it was expensive but they had some wonderful things! In the end I bought Bellatrix's wand (it is the most interesting looking wand in my opinion) and a chocolate frog.
Have you been anywhere interesting recently? Have you been on the tour?