Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter - Animal Actors Week

1 March 2015

On Wednesday 25th February, I finally paid a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. As someone who has grown up with Harry Potter - I began reading the series at age eight, saw the first film four days after my eleventh birthday and queued for midnight releases of the books -  this was somewhere that I'd dreamt of visiting for a long time, so prepare to be bombarded with lots of photos.
After making our way in to the entrance forty minutes early, the first place that we headed was to the gift shop. I had been planning my purchases for weeks, but once inside the shop was blown away by the variety of products for sale, and the incredible theming of the displays.
Finally it was time to make our way in to the Great Hall, and begin our tour!
The house elves had kindly laid the table for breakfast this morning. It was the little details like Pixie Puff and Cheeri-Owl cereal that I missed in the film, and shows the care that the staff put in to the franchise to ensure authenticity.
Look how tiny Harry was!
Hermione's Yule Ball dress was one of my favourite costumes from all eight of the films, so getting to see it up close was brilliant. I can confirm that it is just as beautiful in real life.
The Beauxbaton girls' outfit is up there as another of my favourites, it's beautifully tailored.
The potions dungeon set was breathtaking. As well as self-stirring cauldrons, each vial and bottle is individually hand labelled.
It was in the Gryffindor common room that I met the first star of Animal Actors Week; Hermione's cat, Crookshanks! Crookshanks was actually played by four different cats throughout the films.
Dumbledore's office was the set that I'd most been looking forward to seeing, and it didn't disappoint. The penseive, as with everything else, was exquisitely crafted.
Here's the second star of Animal Actors week - Hagrid's dog, Fang! He was so well behaved, although in all honesty, he looked a little bored.
I loved seeing inside the Burrow, although I was amazed by how teeny tiny the set was.
The Ministry of Magic area was incredible. I can only imagine how amazing it must've been to have filmed the Ministry scenes.
Next up we made our way to the Backlot sets, where I had my first ever taste of Butterbeer. Initially I enjoyed the taste - it was almost like melted toffee ice cream - but after a few more sips I wasn't best impressed.
"Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much…"
Another amazing addition to Animal Actors week was the owl that starred as Hedwig in the films. 'Hedwig' was so beautiful and calm, and I'm fairly sure that my Mum would've smuggled him home in her handbag given half a chance.
Seeing all of the various layers of make-up which had to be applied before filming could even begin gave me a new found level of respect for both the actors and the MUA's who worked on set.

Look at little Dobby's head! The animatronics on these films were stunning. I was surprised by how much was real - I'd assumed that the movies had relied heavily purely on CGI.
Now we were about to enter what quickly became my favourite area of the whole tour. "Welcome, Harry, to Diagon Alley". This set was so incredibly immersive, and the detail behind even the smallest shop window was stunning. Diagon Alley was one of the first things I fell in love with in the Harry Potter books, and it was beautifully replicated to the big screen.
Towards the end of the tour were various miniature models of the buildings in the Harry Potter Universe.
Finally, we found ourselves at the end of the tour, and next to a ginormous model of Hogwarts. I knew that this was there, but I was still stunned by the size, beauty and detail of it.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter was an incredibly immersive experience, and I'd highly recommend a visit if you're a Potter fan like myself. I genuinely enjoyed seeing all of the sets from my favourite book and film series' before my very eyes, and found that I appreciate the movies even more now that I know how much time and hard work went in to making them as magical as possible. We spent around four hours in total on the tour and then making purchases in the gift shop, but I could easily have added another hour or two on to our afternoon. There was so much to see that I'm sure I missed plenty, so I'm already planning my next trip. Keep your eyes peeled, because my Harry Potter Studio Tour will be on the blog soon!


  1. This is such a great photos for Harry potter fan!


  2. Get the frozen butterbeer from Universal when you're there - it's so much nicer than the stuff at the Studio Tour, seriously!


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