Welcome wizards and witches to Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry!
Have you ever wanted to walk down the Great Hall, or fly on a broomstick, or drink Butterbeer? If you do, then this is the place to go.
If you are reading this you are most likely a Harry Potter fan, or have children who are fans, or know people who know people who know other people who like Harry Potter! If you do (like me)…what are you waiting for?! Fly to England, and head over there.
I went to the “Making of Harry Potter” during the summer (http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/), which is when they have the “Summer Magic” event. There are many things to see, such as the duel walkway from “Chamber of Secrets” and the Leviosa feather from “The Sorcerers Stone”.
In the lobby before you get into the actual exhibit is the Warner Brothers (WB) café. They have cool things there, such as pictures of famous WB characters like Batman and Dirty Harry. While waiting in line to get into the first room of the exhibit, the actual “cupboard under the stairs” is the first display prop you’ll see, to the left of the line.
Building One of The Making of Harry Potter
Once you get into the first room there are screens all around the room with the posters of all 8 movies, including versions from many countries with multiple languages. After a short introduction by our guide, you will walk into another room; actually a theatre with a giant screen. The screen turns on, and the nostalgia flows with clips from all the movies. It finales with a screenshot of the three main actors talking about how the main work for each movie actually occurs behind the scenes. When the video finishes, a curtain goes up and there are two big doors. As they open, you will be so excited, so get your camera ready, and you will see…I will not spoil it for you, so you will have to go to the exhibit to find out.
In the exhibit you get to see Dumbledore’s office, and if you have a good eye like me you will notice Gryffindor’s sword in his office. Later into the exhibit you can ride on a broomstick while wearing a robe, and a fan will blow air through your hair, so you can experience what the actors felt as they rode around Hogwarts. Later, you leave Building one, and go on to Building two. In between the buildings, there is Butterbeer to drink (which is awesome), the knight bus, the Dursley’s house, and the chess set from the first film.
Building Two of The Making of Harry Potter
In the second building is the creature workshop. Make sure to pay close attention because the animatronics move and they look so real, and is kind of scary. There are tons of really cool concept art, and a gigantic model of Hogwarts; used for the exterior shots in the films. The experience soon ends and you enter the overly priced gift shop. Lots of cool stuff to purchase, including the Gryffindor house shield, which I proudly display in my bedroom!
The Making of Harry Potter exhibit is a must go place for any Harry Potter fan.
Rating: 9 ¾ Wands (out of 10 Wands)