The Harry Potter Studio Tour

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A couple weekends ago we visited the Harry Potter Studios at Warner Bros.  It seems quite hard to find someone who isn’t a fan of Harry Potter in this day and age.  Whether you have read the books or seen the movies or both, you will enjoy this tour.  It gives you an inside look into how and where the movies were filmed and how the story of Harry Potter has reached so many corners of the world.  If you are a die-hard fan who has read the books and watched the movies countless times, you will cry in the first 10 minutes.

The first set you see is the Great Hall.  Lucky for us, it was decorated for Christmas with trees, crackers, and puddings.  It has costumes from some of the main characters including Daniel Radcliffe’s first set of robes and many of the professor’s outfits.  After that, you walk into a giant studio with an overwhelming amount of things to look at.  If I had time, I would have read every description and taken photos of everything.  It had so many things that I recognized from the movies and quite a bit that I didn’t because even though it may have been small it was important to the filmmakers to include it.

 

One of my favorite sets was the Gryffindor common room.  It was used in the movies quite often, and it almost feels like a second home for me like it was for Harry.  Other sets we saw included the boy’s dormitory, which in true European fashion is actually very small, Dumbledore’s office, the cupboard under the stairs, the Potions classroom, the Hogwarts Express, the Burrow, and so many more.

In addition to sets, we saw props and costumes and how they were used in the film.  We got to see how they made fake snow and what it feels like (really weird!), how they animate the actors flying on broomsticks, and how they filmed impressive exteriors at Hogwarts.  So much detail went into making these movies and the studio tour is a great way to show off that hard work.  Harry Potter is something that will live on in my mind indefinitely, but I think experiencing the sets and seeing the props in real life adds even more meaning to this fictional world that we all love so much.

Sasha Van Baars is a student at Lesley University and an official API Blogger. Sasha is studying abroad with API in London, England.

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