Monday, 14 October 2013

Birthdays, Broomsticks and Chocolate Frogs

October has finally crept up on us hasn't it? October is my favourite month. I detest September because I have to get used to going back to university and getting organised, whereas by October I've settled back in and reached a routine. This October has been particularly exciting. My little sister turned 18 last week (which made me feel incredibly old), and to celebrate we went to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios in Leavesden with my two cousins. I fell in love with Harry Potter a few months ago thanks to my sister, who was horrified when we realised that it had somehow been nine years since I'd seen any of the films and more than ten years since I read the first books. I don't really watch films unless they happen to be on in the same room as me, or if I'm forced to watch them. I don't have any idea how I missed reading the books. I do remember reading The Chamber of Secrets but I was very little at the time and I can't remember much about it. I think it's safe to say that I missed out on quite a lot and I'm very grateful to my sister for sitting me down and making me re-watch the films I'd already seen and watch the ones I hadn't! I bought her The Philosopher's Stone book as a birthday present and I plan on borrowing it once she has read it!

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?

12 comments:

  1. I'm so jelous! One day I will visit the wizarding world, but the flight from Germany alone is very expensive, never mind the entry fees of all the stuff I'd like to visit... *sigh*

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    1. I hope you get to visit one day! I'm very lucky to have family who live so close by!

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  2. That is too cool, and looks like an amazing time. I adore the Harry Potter books and films. And I did always want to try butter beer. The liquid marshmallow thing appeals to me. :-) You in the car and on the broomstick made me chuckle. Thanks for sharing all the photos! Wish I was there.

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    1. I was expecting Butterbeer to be warm! It was very odd, and very sweet. I liked it at first but I decided I couldn't drink a lot of it because it would probably make me feel sick! The broomsticks were so much fun! I wasn't planning on buying any of the photos but they were so funny that I couldn't help it!

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  3. Eep! Jealous. I really want to go there one day. The creature room looks awesome and the photos are so cool! :D

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    1. I hope you get to go! The Creature Room was fascinating, some of the props were huge!

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  4. Omg, this looks like heaven!!!! I love Harry Potter very much! :D Your photo on broomstick is so awesome :D:D

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    1. The broomsticks were so fun! It was great to watch the other people on the brooms too. It was a wonderful day, I'm actually sad that I've been now because I enjoyed it so much! I might have to go back in a few years' time!

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  5. Oh I'm feeling so jealous right now! I need to add this to my 'do before I die' list! I love the photo with you on the broom!! :D

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    1. It's definitely worth a visit, I'll have to go back one day! It was too much to take in during one day so you would probably notice things that you didn't see before on a second visit. I absolutely recommend it - there was so much to see and it was incredibly fun! I loved the brooms!

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  6. Oh my god!!!!!!!! I'm so glad I remembered to check out this post, if not a little bit late! It just looks like the most awesome day out.. ever.. period! I just love the picture of you on the broomstick XD! I will go there someday, I must! Thank you for posting all these teasing pictures!

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    1. You really must go as soon as you get the chance! It's a wonderful day out and I'm already itching to go back. You will absolutely love it! I wasn't planning on buying a broomstick photo but it was just so funny that I had to! I have the picture in a frame with one of my sister on her broom in my lounge!

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