This time last week I was such a ball of excitement about re-visiting the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour that I got off the train at Kings Cross rather than Euston where I was meant to be meeting my friend Verity. Ooops!
I first had the pleasure of visiting the studios back in March 2012 a week before it opened to the public. My friend Jackie won a competition for a sneak peek at the studios and very kindly invited me to go with her (which I did, obviously. Even though it meant flying to London and back from Aberdeen two weekends in a row!) and I’ve been wanted to go back ever since. And what better time to visit that while the castle is covered in snow for Christmas?
The whole visit was just as magical as I remembered and I was really pleased that they had kept the big reveal at the start (which I’d heard they’d stopped doing) I won’t spoil if for you in case you haven’t been but on both occasions it gave me goosebumps and almost brought me to tears.
As I’d already been to the studios once before I thought I might not enjoy it as much, or not need to spend as much time their as I had previously and so got the ticket that included an audio tour narrated by Tom Felton to guide me on my way. I needn’t have worried as everything was so magical I was just as entranced as I had been the first time round and I actually found the audio guide slowed me down more than those without it.
Everything from the Great Hall to the Weasley house was decorated for Christmas and there were a few special treats put on for us as well. Firstly there were two prop makers who has worked on the movies there showing us how wands were made, we were given an insight into the four different types of snow that were used in the films – yes FOUR – and my favourite part; seeing first hand how they made the footprints in the snow while Harry is wearing the invisibility cloak *spoiler alert* it’s totally not CGI!
Oh and drinking Butterbeer again… This time I took home a souvenir tankard! I even put together a little vlog of my trip for you guys. (Don’t worry you don’t need to listen to my horrible voice this time round!) Hope you enjoy it!
P.S. If you want to see more pictures from my visit there’s a whole album over on my Facebook Page.