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Pottering About

It had been one from the bucket list, I wanted to have my photo taken on platform 9 ¾  so this trip out covered just that.  A trip to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour with my friend Harrison.
Probably not one of the easiest of places to find when traveling through central London but we made it, well with the help of Harrison and his additional satnav skills, something amazing for someone who does not drive, what a true co-pilot.

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So as not to spoil any wood-be visitors or Harry Potter fans I will try not to add any spoilers.
You enter the experience through the doors to the great hall which is breathtaking enough on it’s own, you will see why when you visit, then what lies behind is the start of your journey.
I was already giddy from sheer anticipation of what’s to come. And rightly so!
You can see Diagon Alley, Privet Drive, Harry’s house in Godric’s Hollow, the Knight Bus, Arthur’s flying car (which you can sit in), Hargrid’s hut, hundreds upon hundreds of wands stacked up and generally everything any Harry Potter fan could ever wish for. That’s not to say that the tour would not interest you if you are not a Harry Potter fan.

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There is so much to see and learn about the ‘making of’ that it is enough to keep anybody entertained.
It is not like any other studio tour that give you a set time to take it all in and then ship in the next group, this is a tour that you can really take your time and I guess for most, get their value for money as without sounding like a damp squid, it is not a cheap day out by far, especially if you have a butterbeer, something to eat in any one of the snack areas and then on top of that want to have your photo or video taken in the interactive green screen sets, then you got the gift shop at the end.

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You get to see video clips from the directors, designs for the buildings and props, models and a whole host of larger than life sets and what made it more interesting was being able to hear it all on our audio guides, for and extra little fee but both me and Harrison thought it was worth it as it really enhanced the tour.

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Yes we sat in the courtyard area to have some butterbeer and both before and after our visit we spent time in the fantastic gift shop that felt like a tour of its very own.  You can purchase all kinds of amazing items including chocolate frogs, Bertie Bott’s every flavoured beans, wands and much more besides, however the lack of wands of the female cast members I thought was a bit of a let down, if like me you liked characters such as Molly Weasley, Lily Potter, Madam Hooch, Dolores Umbridge and Bellatrix Estrange then you was in for a nasty shock, No Wands!

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Apart from all that it was a great day out and on leaving the tour Harrison noticed that maybe, just maybe something was about to extend the Harry Potter Tour, could it be Hogwarts or gringotts?