I’m sure many, MANY people, all around the world have been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Who hasn’t, right? It’s probably one of the most visited attractions in the world. Since 2010, Universal parks in Hollywood and Japan have opened up their own Wizarding World of Harry Potter so it’s definitely huge whether you’re in America or across the ocean. It just shows you how big Harry Potter is from the United States all the way to Japan. But a little closer to the origin of Harry Potter (London, England to be exact) there’s a Harry Potter experience like no other: the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. If you’re not from London and you’re willing to travel there for this, I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
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Official trailer of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter!
Being one of the many people all around the world that have been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I didn’t think anything could get much better than this! Until last summer when I got the chance to go over to London and go to the Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and let me tell you, it is an experience like no other.
What is really cool about this event is that it’s a studio tour so all of the props and costumes that you see, they’ve all been used and are from the movies! The tour starts of STRONG with a video of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) talking a little bit about their experience on Harry Potter and then what this studio means to them. Then shit gets real because we walk right into the Great Hall. I’ll tell you right now, when I saw this, I almost peed my pants from excitement. Just kidding but I was pretty excited. They have dummies set up of all the characters with the actual costumes used in the movies, and right in the middle is the legendary Sorting Hat! I truly felt like I was about to be sorted into Hufflepuff (I already know, Hufflepuff represent!)
From the Great Hall, to all the great costumes from all the movies, to props like the brooms, the Weasley’s flying car, the snake gate to the Chamber of Secrets, to butterbeer (which if you love butterbeer as much as I do, click here and read about the new butterbeer flavored ice cream), to the house of 4 Privot Dr, to the Knight Bus, to THE FREAKING HOGWARTS EXPRESS and much, MUCH more, this studio tour has it all and it’s authentic and real! Every thing that you could think of from the movies, they have there. You can take your picture going through the wall of 9 3/4, “fly” on a broom, act out how you would react if you were on the Hogwarts Express when Dementors invaded, take a stroll down the real Diagon Alley, “ride” Sirius Black/Hagrid’s motorbike, board the REAL Hogwarts Express, the experience was like nothing you’ll ever experience again and I felt like it couldn’t get any better. Or so I thought…
Today, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter finally revealed their new section of the Forbidden Forest. If you follow them on Facebook (if you don’t, you should because a lot of the cast members stop by), on Tuesday (March 28), Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood, did a Facebook live tour of the Forbidden Forest section and it looks pretty awesome. It seems pretty interactive. They have Buckbeak that bows and Evanna got so excited and bowed back it was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. Also, on the studio tours snapchat (wizarding_world) a few of the cast members told us what their favorite parts of the studio tour Forbidden Forest were. Shocker, Evanna and also James Phelps, who plays Fred Weasley, said their favorite part was Buckbeak because let’s be real, he’s super adorable. Oliver Phelps, who plays George Weasley, said his favorite was Aragog which if Aragog was real, I probably wouldn’t agree but this fake Aragog looks a little gentler when he’s not talking and trying to eat humans so okay Oliver good choice. And Warwick Davis, who plays Professor Flitwick, said his favorite part was producing your own patronus which is a really cool feature they have!
I hope someday I can go back to London and visit this studio tour again and experience it again and the Forbidden Forest for the first time! The Forbidden Forest section opens TODAY so go buy your tickets and enjoy it! And follow the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter’s Facebook page here.
A little behind the scenes of the new Forbidden Forrest expansion!