I have been looking forward to visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour since before I left for London and after 2.5 months of being here I finally did it!
You may know, I have been obsessed with the Harry Potters series since I was in Middle School. It was one of the first things that got me interested in England, and I am so glad it did or else I probably wouldn't be here.
And so, I was crazily excited to go on the studio tour! I was surrounded by great friends, in a fabulous city, on a beautiful late afternoon.
The first stop on the tour is the Great Hall! It is absolutely magnificent and the guide introduced us to the set beautifully.
After the Great Hall we were let loose in a large room with most of the key set pieces inside, including The Burrow, Gryffindor Common Room, Boys' Dormitory, and Ministry of Magic.
In the middle of the tour we actually got to go outside to see the Knight Bus, Privet Drive, and more! Not only that but you can buy an rich, creamy glass of Butterbeer (which was much better than the Butterbeer at the Universal Park).
The second half focuses more on the art direction and makeup elements of the films. I got to see Dobby, Buckbeak, thestrals, and more!
The final stop before the shop (that is extremely over priced) is a small, full version of Hogwarts Castle!
Overall, I had a great day! Unfortunately, for some reason I left feeling a bit unfulfilled. After some thought and talking to one of my friends, I think I felt this way because I am more a fan of the books rather than the movies. I love, love, love the movies but in my mind I have my own version of Harry, Ron, Hermione, etc. I am less interested in where Daniel Radcliffe filmed a scene, even though I love him, than I am with having my own experience in the 'wizarding world'.
I think this may be a result of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park...there I actually got to walk inside Hogwarts, got to eat dinner in The Three Broomsticks, and more! While throughout this tour it is mostly just pushing through people to get a photo in front of something and then walking away.
I would still love to do it again because I may have been too overwhelmed to appreciate all of the items in such a short amount of time (2.5 hours). Also, I am definitely glad I did it and would recommend it to any Harry Potter fan coming to London. I would just remind them that it is more of a museum of the Harry Potter Movies (I know this seems obvious but for some reason I wasn't thinking of it in that way).