Trip t​o Harry Potter World

Don’t be mislead, I drove there in my car.

I have to say I was a little sceptical about going to this, the kids bought the tickets for myself and Liz for Christmas.  It was pretty amazing!
I am not a Harry Potter fanboy but having worked on a number of films, I was blown away by the scale of what went into these films.  The studio tour is not about rides or thrills but more aimed at showing the fans and other visitors how the film was made and all the amazing set building, special effect, visual effects and animatronics.

Prosthetics for Warren Davis as Griphook, who worked in Gringotts Wizarding Bank

The only camera I took was my Samsung Galaxy S9 phone camera but as they say, the best camera is the camera you have with you.  I really did not want to be lugging a big camera about for 4-5hrs, not even the small mirrorless Sony A7sii

Have to say, it would be an amazing place to go when it is closed to the public, so many amazing things to photograph and film.

The section that shows all the planning and model building was probably my favourite; I was absolutely blown away by the main model of Hogwarts Castle and the story behind it.  This for me made the whole trip worth the money.

Hogwarts Express

New this year is the addition of the Hogwarts Express and the Forbidden Forest; which was very well done.  If you don’t like spiders – DON’T GO INTO THE WOODS!

New for 2018, the rather excellent Forbidden Forrest.

The second most favourite part for me was the concept Art (one for you here Paul Gerrard), Some striking digital art and some hand-drawn sketches.

Conclusion…..

Be you a fan or just someone who enjoyed the films, the Harry Potter Studio Tour is good value and very interesting.  Choose the first slot of the day, you will get to see and enjoy more as you will be ahead of the crowds; you will also get to the rest area and Cafe just in time for lunch and have a chance of a table outdoors.

  • 10:10 for educational content
  • 10:10 for the standard of the exhibition, the staff commitment to customers and general enjoyment.
  • 10:10 for access from the motorway and parking.  Although we did not need it, there is a dedicated bus laid on from the train station in Watford (Not the KB Bus).  Not that we opted for the first slot of the day so the car park was mostly empty when we arrived; not so when we left but still spaces.

Check out my YouTube Channel,  I will be posting some video taken on the phone at some point in the near future.

If you do make it to the Studio tour having been possibly inspired by my little BLOG, please tag me in with #maddoggiraffe

Many thanks for taking the time to read my BLOG

Stephen McGrath – AKA MadDogGiraffe
www.maddoggiraffe.com