A Magical Day At The Harry Potter Studio Tour Watford
For over 10 years, Harry Potter fans were held spellbound by film adaptations of the incredibly popular books. The studios where all 8 Harry Potter films were produced now offer muggles and wizards alike the chance to explore behind the scenes of the magical movies.
Behind the Magic
In 2012, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour London opened the Making of Harry Potter Tour in Leavesden, just outside Watford. The Making of Harry Potter Tour is less than 20 miles away from London itself, and is located in the very place where the films were produced.
This immersive Harry Potter Studio Tour gives visitors the opportunity to get behind the camera and discover the real magic of the Harry Potter films: the amazing costumes, sets and props that were made, and the creativity and talent behind them.
Express Trip to Hogwarts
How about a trip down bustling Diagon Alley, where you can peer through the windows of famous Ollivander’s wand shop, and look at the lurid front of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes complete with its giant statue of Fred (or is it George?). See the Weasley’s kitchen, home to many a happy meal, with a view inside the Burrow.
A stroll around the real stone floors of the Hogwarts Great Hall is a real treat, as the long tables are laid ready for a feast. Outfits from some of Hogwarts teachers are on display, as well as uniforms showing each of the House colours. Although it was infamously home to Harry’s least favourite teacher while at school, you will enjoy exploring the Potions Classroom with its hundreds of jars and vials of mysterious lotions and creatures. Take a look at the magical objects in Dumbledore’s office, as well as the robes belonging to the great wizard.
You can also see Hagrid’s flying motorbike, the Hogwarts Bridge, the brightly coloured Knight Bus, a life size Buckbeak, the Gryffindor common room, and even the Dursley’s home in Privet Drive.
Go even further behind the scenes with a look at sketches by the art department on the films, the masks used to transform actors into goblins, animatronic models, character costumes, and the star of the show: an amazingly detailed model of Hogwarts Castle.
Treat yourselves with a taste of a real foamy butterbeer, or a snack from the Harry Potter Tour studio cafe. Finish your visit with a trip to the shop, where you can buy yourself a golden snitch, appear in the Daily Prophet, and even buy original props from the films.
Over the festive season, the Studio Tour will be transformed with a merry makeover by a special ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’ event. The Hogwarts Castle model will be sprinkled with seasonal snow, the Great Hall decked out for Christmas with trees and a festive feast, and some Christmas themed outfits will even be on display.
Sorting Your Visit
You must pre-book your tickets in advance, make sure you arrive 20 minutes before your tour time, and allow at least 3 hours for the tour itself. It’s easy to get to Harry Potter Studio Tour by car, and a regular shuttle bus runs from Watford Junction train station to the Studios.
Park Inn by Radisson London Heathrow is ideally situated less than 40 minutes from the Making of Harry Potter Tour Studio Tour by car.
It takes around 40 minutes to reach London by train from the Park Inn by Radisson London Heathrow, where you can enjoy more magical Harry Potter moments like a visit to Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross, or a Harry Potter Walking Tour to see more film locations.
If you attended Hogwarts, what House do you think you would you be sorted into?