At the weekend I drove a flying car, braved giant spiders in the forbidden forest and went for a ride on the Hogwarts Express.
All without leaving Watford.
No I didn’t buy magic mushrooms from that dodgy bloke with the face tattoos at Watford Junction, I went to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter.
You don’t need me to tell you that Harry Potter is popular. The films are popular. The books are popular. It’s loved by one and all. Don’t pretend you’ve not seen the films. You’ve seen the films and you liked them, didn’t you?
I’ve never read the books. I’m not a huge fan of reading. (Let’s just gloss over the fact that I’m a writer that doesn’t like reading). However I have always liked the films.
My fiancé is what can only be described as a super-fan. A Potterhead I think they’re referred to. She’s read all the books. She’s seen all the films. She literally knows everything ever about Harry Potter.
I’m more a simple muggle type. I often get my Hufflepuff mixed up with my Gryffindor and I’m still unsure of what to do with my Quaffle.
Nevertheless the tour was absolutely brilliant.
Planning a visit? Here are some muggle top tips for you:
Let’s just be honest, it’s not cheap to buy Butterbeer.
Luckily if you live in London, you’ll be used to not getting much change from a £20 note when you order a couple of beers.
My advice is go for it. Get yourself a couple of butterbeers and take a photo of yourself getting a foamy top lip. It’s all part of the experience.
It’s tough to attempt to describe what Butterbeer tastes like.
However if I had to I’d go with ‘squirty cream on lemonade’.
Don’t go mad in the gift shop.
We, thankfully, weren’t that couple walking down Watford high street in full Gryffindor robes having spent a couple of hundred quid in the gift shop. However I’d be lying if I said we didn’t make the most of the many Harry Potter products you can buy in the gift shop. (Don’t leave without a chocolate frog.)
One of the things you can
waste spend your money on during the tour is getting your picture taken doing something wizardy in front of a green screen.
Or if you’ve spent all your money on Butterbeer and chocolate frogs, you could always get your picture taken doing something wizardy and photoshop it when you get home.
Just go with it
Don’t grumble about the price of things. Enjoy the tour.
Even if you’re not the biggest Potter fan and you couldn’t give a golden snitch about Hogwarts. I challenge anyone not to enjoy exploring how these amazing films were made.
I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in London.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter