Calling all muggles! We had the most spectacular time at the WB Studios in London where we went to go tour their “Making of Harry Potter” attraction! I say it’s an attraction because it is, but it’s not a theme park like the one at Universal Studios. Oh no. This is FAR GEEKIER, FAR NERDIER and FAR COOLER than you can imagine because it’s essentially a Harry Potter museum.
From the moment you arrive, you are immersed in Harry Potter memorabilia ranging from the staircase he slept under at the Dursely’s to a mega gift shop with every Harry Potter item you could possibly dream of. After watching a short movie with cast interviews and behind-the-scenes outtakes, you are taken into the Great Hall which is the exact set they used during the movie along with the costumes and props used in those scenes. If that’s not enough to make you want to go, there’s more!
Once you leave the Great Hall, you are entered into an HP wonderland as far as the eye can see. You are able to view original costumes, props and sets along with descriptions of how and why they were used. Included is Hagrid’s hut (which is far smaller than would think), pieces of the facades used in the Ministry of Magic, The Diagon Alley set, the Weasley’s flying car, the masks created for the goblins of Gringott’s, the Hogwart’s Bridge, the Hogwart’s Express, the Gryffindor boys dorm room…THERE’S JUST TOO MUCH TO LIST!!! And the best part about it, it’s all self-guided. You can spend as much time as you want! Rumor has it that it normally takes about 3 hours to go through it all, but one of the HP cast members told us that super fans have been known to stay for as long as 11 hours until they got kicked out. Can you blame them? The studio has a food court and a Starbucks. Why leave? LOL
I can honestly say it was one of my favorite parts of our visit to London (other than visiting Downton Abbey – blog post coming soon), and I would highly encourage any HP movie fan to go when you’re in London next. Be sure to allow about 45 minutes to get there as it’s not directly in central London (you can easily reach it by train or by taking an Uber like we did.) Ticket’s can be purchased here and if you’re lucky enough to be in London during the month of December, you can look into getting tickets to their annual Christmas celebration in the Great Hall. Lucky muggles!