One of the highlights of my trip to London this past November was being able to experience the movie magic of Harry Potter. It was definitely a change from the museums and other historical site visits. Even if you have already been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, the movie set tour is a must see. I walked out of the tour with a huge desire to reread and rewatch all of the books and movies. The Warner Brothers movie set is in Leavesden, which took about an hour by train and bus to get to from Central London. Coming from London, I took the underground to Euston station, and then switched to the national rail (overground train) that had a stop at Watford Junction. From the station, there is a WB studio bus for £2 roundtrip that takes you to the studio lot. Tickets for the movie set tour must be bought ahead of time online here (1 adult ticket is £29).
Once your tour time is called, there are a few introductory videos and then you are completely welcome to wander the set and exhibits at your own pace. I rented an audio and video guide that was narrated by cast members. The guide provided extensive information as well as behind-the-scenes stories. It was amazing to be able to walk through the Great Hall and Diagon Alley as well as closely examine all of the thoughtful details in the sets, props, and costumes and learn about how the magic was created. There are also exhibits with pre-production set concepts and paintings. Don’t forget to get a taste of wizarding world with some butterbeer!
There is a beautiful surprise at the end of the tour. I won’t spoil it, but I will say this, I remember turning the corner and my jaw definitely dropped.
Fun Fact: The painting by the stairs is of a young Professor McGonagall.
Photos via CH