The Harry Potter Studio Tour (Review)
The doors opened to a dark room and after an initial introduction, TV screens played a run through of what to expect on the studio tours. This is followed by another cinema experience but this time with seats and it's well organised.
Personally I found them both a little odd. The first was split between 6 narrow screens, all playing different things and looking in that many directions is actually impossible, regardless of ability. The cinema room was so over rehearsed but mainly focussed on Daniel, Emma and Rupert which was actually quite nice.
Then, as if by magic, the screen floats upwards and behind is the doors to Hogwarts hall. It was the perfect start to the tour!
Interestingly, I was quite shocked at how small the hall was. It's about a quarter of the size I expected and really not that 'great' at all.
So after all that you finally get through the the main exhibit which has an easy to follow pathway through which you can follow. Each of the unique, individual exhibits have information provided and it gives a really wonderful behind the scene interaction.
I think a few of my favourites were the goblet of fire and then the wands! I loved how the opposite types were placed against each other and compared.
Then the backlot! I loved the backlot! I loved seeing the big set pieces and also, some of the most realistic pieces which are small but closer to full size. It was a bit weird going into Privet Drive and only seeing one room there though for sure!
Finally, you walk out of the dark room into the shop that has EVERYTHING. No joke, you could easily spend HUNDREDS.
Writing all these down makes me realise what a truly magical experience it was! I didn't realise how many different areas there were! Even more so the vast range of different aspects.
That's not even mentioning the things you can do interactively or pay for like the flying broom filming, the broom raise, the carriages and more!
I think I am going to put together a few little tips and tricks in separate post so stay tuned for that if you have already booked tickets. If you want to visit yourself, you can head to the website and buy tickets.