I did it Mom, I Made it to Hogwarts!

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My friends and I are really big Harry Potter fans, so we had to make the journey out to Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden for the Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour and went to King’s Cross to visit Platform 9 3/4.  It was magical!  So magical that I even have a video dedicated to it on my YouTube page.

Before we went to the studios that weekend, we decided to go to King’s Cross Station in London to visit Platform 9 3/4.  We posed for the photo walking into the Platform and even stopped by their small Harry Potter shop.  Look how happy I am to finally be going to Hogwarts!  (Note: I was so ecstatic to be taking this photo, can you tell?)

After going to King’s Cross, we excitedly waited for Saturday for our tour of the studios.  We got to the studios bright and early at 8:30, so we had a bit of time to settle in before we were let in at 9am.

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It was so awesome and the first couple of minutes of the tour are guided, but after that, it’s up to you to look around everywhere!  We started off in the Great Hall.

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Then, we were in this huge room where you could see sets, props and costumes from the films along with some commentary by the directors, cast, designers, etc.  We even got to see how they filmed Quidditch and got to ride a broomstick!  Not as pleasant as I had imagined, but it was still a really cool experience.  We also got some lessons on how to duel, which were really fun.

We got to take pictures everywhere and see the sets from all the films, which was so spectacular.  The amount of detail that was put into each prop was astounding — you don’t really get to see it until you have the prop or the set in front of you.  I really appreciated it, everything felt so authentic and so magical!  We got to see the Ministry of Magic, the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets, the Hogwarts Express and so much more.

We were able to go outside and take pictures on the bridge, in front of Privet Drive, the Knight Bus and even got into the car that Ron & Harry flew to Hogwarts in the Chamber of Secrets!

We then got to see all the mechanical engineering and step into Diagon Alley, which was just as quirky and exciting as it was portrayed in the film.

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Finally, the last stop was their scale model of Hogwarts which they used to film all the panoramas of Hogwarts in the film.  It was so incredibly detailed and breathtaking.  They even had miniature students in the hallways!  Plus, they played the score of the film and the lighting changed so it definitely made me feel emotional.  I’m a HUGE Potter fan so it was incredible to see the castle in person.

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Overall, even if you aren’t a huge Harry Potter fan, you should definitely make a trip to the studios!  It’s magical.  I felt like a kid all over again and it was so interesting to see how much work and planning was put into these films.  Going on the tour made me appreciate the franchise more and I may or may not be planning to watch all the films in order one day this summer.  But in all seriousness, go.  It’s one of my favorite memories in London!

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