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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making Of Harry Potter Review

Disclosure - We received free entry in to the attraction for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Have you visited the Warner Brothers Studio - The Making of Harry Potter tour? We have been once before so wasn't sure about visiting again as we had seen everything and we weren't sure we would enjoy if as much. I can honestly say the second time was so much better that the first. If you are a Harry Potter fan then this is definitely the place to visit.

Hogwarts castle

What To Expect Warner Brothers Studio - The Making Of Harry Potter (Sat Nav WD25 7LR)
The tour is self guided and usually takes around 3 hours. When you book your ticket you are given a time. Our slot was between 12-12:30 but we joined the queue a little early about 11:30am however as the queue was quite big we didn't actually begin till after 12pm. Please keep in mind that the queue to enter is quite large however it does move. I would aim to enter the queue before you allocated time slot.

Costumes from Harry Potter

Once you enter the tour you are put in a room as a large group. There are video screens which allow you to watch and hear how the Harry Potter movies became such a huge hit overnight. Once you have watched the video you then go into a screening room, again in a large group. You watch a short video featuring Daniel, Emma and Rupert. Once the video has finished the screen goes up and the door to The Great Hall appears. The door opens and the Great Hall is just as you see it in the film. Your tour starts here and you can now go at your own pace.

At the end of the Great Hall you can see all the teacher costumes from the movies and as Harry Potter is celebrating 15 years since the first movie the original sorting hat was on show too.

The burrow
The chamber of secrets

As you move around the tour you can view all the original sets, costumes and props that featured in the movies. My favourites are the Great Hall, the boys room, the potions classroom and the chamber of secrets door.

As you walk around there are staff on hand to answer any questions you may have and also offering you the chance to earn badges to take home.

boy with wand

boy with wand

Little J took part in the broomstick challenge. Hover your hand over the broom to make it rise up, just like in the flying lesson in the first movie. Big J did a wand challenge.

There is a chance to ride a broomstick or ride in Ron's car in front of a green screen. You can then purchase a photograph or video to take home. Photos are £14 and £7 for every extra photo you buy. We sat in Ron's car.

The Hogwarts Express

Last time we visited the Hogwarts Express wasn't there but this time it had arrived and it was open. It was really exciting to turn the corner and see the red train at the platform. This part of the tour is definitely my favourite. The platform feels so real, you can go onboard the train, visit the railway shop and even hold Harry's trolley.

We spent a hour just visiting the platform. It does feel very magical and lots of fun.

Once we had finished on platform 9 and 3/4 you come to the backlot cafe. Time to take a break and have a drink and something to eat. We had brought a packed lunch which is okay to do as lots of tables both inside and out.

harry's home at Godric Hollow

The outside part of the tour has the Knight bus, no.4 Privet Drive, Godric Hollow, the Hogwarts bridge and Hagrid's motorbike.

Inside privet drive

For the first time no.4 Privet Drive is open to the public for a short time Check out Harry's cupboard under the stairs, the Dursley's front room and catch a Hogwarts letter through the letterbox just like Harry.

The next part of the tour features Diagon Alley. You can walk up the cobbled street and see Gringotts, Olivanders and Fred and George's Joke Shop.

boys looking at Hogwarts castle

The last part of the tour is the huge Hogwarts Castle. The photographs do not do it justice. It is really breathtaking.

Hogwarts castle

A visit to the Harry Potter tour wouldn't be complete without visit to the gift shop and the purchase of a chocolate frog.

We also bought a special souvenir to take home too. Dumbledores Army scroll and 6 wands. Absolutely stunning.

Anything Else?
As mentioned before the tour is self guided and can take at least 3 hours probably more if you stop for refreshments and spend a hour in the shop like us.

You can visit The Making of Harry Potter throughout the year but if you check online you can see if special events are happening when you visit. I would love to see Hogwarts in the snow which starts in November.

From January 23rd - September 15th 2021, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour will be giving you the chance to join in with their special event - The Celebration of Slytherin. 

Tickets are currently priced as
Adult £47
Child £38
Family £150 ( 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
Children aged 0-4 Free

Car parking is available and is free to guests. There are a number of blue badge parking available and you can purchase a priority parking pass with your tickets for an extra £10

What Is Close By?
Cloud 9 Leisure Park WD25 0LN - 1.2 miles away
Imagine a giant inflatable obstacle course which combines the fun, challenge and excitement of ninja warrior, gladiator and total wipeout! Perfect for all ages

Alderham Country Park WD6 3BA - 4.6 miles away
Enjoy the scenery, walks, explore the farm and 100 Aker Wood, home of Pooh Bear and friends.

Further Away
Central London is just 22 miles / 45 minute drive away.

Please ensure you follow social distancing rules & Government guidelines and if somewhere is busy on arrival, please consider leaving and returning at a later date. 

Face coverings are required in the cafe, gift shop and also the toilets for those aged 11+ (usual exemptions apply)  

Check for local lockdowns / travel restrictions before visiting anywhere. 

Always check with the venue direct as things may have changed after this post was published. 

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Baby Annabell Brother Doll
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