One of the most amazing things I did was visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. It’s a vast, incredible collection of about every costume and prop used in the Harry Potter films, as well as many of the actual film sets. If you’re in the London area, it’s a must-see.
This was one of my top five best experiences, as well. Before I even got inside, they started playing the film music, and my friend Bonnie and I just instantly broke out in goosebumps!
As a costumer, there were a few of the costumes I was especially looking forward to seeing in person…this one, the Grey Lady, is one I’ll be attempting to reproduce, as close to screen accurate as possible.
The detail on it is so beautiful.
I also got extremely close to Jason Isaacs. Well…his hair, anyway.
The full sets were amazing – especially when you consider that these are the real thing, not a reproduction like in Universal’s Wizarding World.
The detail was astounding.
Look! There’s the sorting hat!
Voldemort is alive!!!
Some of the effects where amazing. This is not real fire, although it looked exactly like real fire. Light and vapor. Incredible.
So many things had animations.
The most surreal experience was Diagon Alley. So perfect, down to the smallest detail.
(The pictures of me were taken by Bonnie.)
The filming model of Hogwarts was immense.
But when you got up close, every detail was finished.
It left me wanting so badly to just run through onto Platform 9 3/4.
And board the Express to Hogwarts.
I had to settle for some Butterbeer. It tastes like cream soda, with a very thick, sweet, and mustache-making topping. Seriously, it’s impossible to drink without getting a ‘stache.
And some shopping. Even the store was immense. If it had anything to do with Harry Potter, it was here.
And it was decorated with wonderful things!
I took over 500 pictures at the Studio; if you’re interested, you can find them here.