London: The Making of Harry Potter

I am a huge Harry Potter fan, I love the books and the movies.  When I was planning my trip to London I knew I had to go to Warner Bros Studios: The Making of Harry Potter.

When I arrived at the studio they were actively building a set for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  In the lobby is a display of the costumes of the four-main character’s in Fantastic Beast’s and Where to Find Them actually worn in the movie.

I didn’t know a lot of things about the tour before I went and many of those surprises were the best parts.  I want to keep them surprises for you.


This is my Harry Potter story.  Starting at Number 4 Privet Drive and ending with the feeling that you just went to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Number 4 Privet Drive

Letters hung from the ceiling of 4 Privet Drive as you walked by the living room.  To the right were the stairs and of course the cupboard under the stairs where Harry spent most of his time.





The cupboard that was actually used in the movies was on display in the lobby of the studios.



Escaping the Dursley’s


Depending on the book there are a few different ways Harry left 4 Privet Drive.  In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets he escaped through the window into a Ford Anglia, which is flying above in the lobby.  This is one of the cars that was used in the movie.



In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban he called for the Knight Bus.  Three Knight Bus’ were made for the movies and one of them is display outside .  It was converted out of an old red double decker bus that are famously seen around London.


 The Burrow

This of course is the best home away from Hogwarts and the Weasley’s are the best wizarding family.  There is an interactive display where you can move knobs and push buttons to make the knitting needles move.


Diagon Alley




Walking down Diagon Alley I wanted to go into all the shops.  There was Ollivanders, Flourish and Blotts, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and Gringott’s Wizarding Bank.



 Hogwarts Express



This is the actual Hogwarts Express that was used in the movies.  It was used as the exterior for the films, the interior of the train was a set.  There was even steam coming out of the engine and sound effects for the train.





This is the Hogwarts model that was used in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the aerial shots.  The detail of this model was amazing.



Professor Lupin’s Trunk from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was on display.

The Potions classroom was set up with potions being made and cauldrons were being stirred by magic.  Both Professor Snape and Professor Slughorn were in the dungeon classroom.


The Great Hall


In the Great Hall there are costumes actually worn by the actors including Tom Felton’s Slytherin uniform and Robert Pattinson’s Hufflepuff uniform.





The Gryffendor robe and hat worn by Daniel Radcliffe on the first day of shooting Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was also on display.  






This is the jacket Harry wore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and you can see how new it is when he wore it at the beginning of the film.  Then after an encounter with a dragon, running from snatchers and camping all over England it isn’t in the best shape any more.


Hogwarts Will Always be There to Welcome You Home

As I walked through the studio I could see behind the scenes, I saw the movie production in pieces.  Green screens showed how the special effects worked and the entire studio explained how none of it was real.

At the same time the more I saw behind the scenes Harry Potter and the wizarding world became more and more real.  I was in the Great Hall, I walked down Diagon Alley and stepped onto the real Hogwarts Express, the magic was real.

Only Harry Potter can show me how made up it is and make me believe how real it is at the same time.


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