Visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour, London

Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

First things first, I am a Harry Potter geek, a Potterhead if you will.  I regularly read the books and have seen all the movies.  This was our first trip to Europe together, so we focused on doing all the things we really wanted.  So it was a guarantee that on my recent visit to London I would be visiting one of the centres of the Harry Potter universe – the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, in Leavesden.  I managed to convince my ever willing husband that this too would be an experience he would love too – and the Harry Potter Studio Tour delivered.  While I don’t think he was convinced, he agreed to come along – and even admitted that he may have enjoyed it.  To be honest, I would have gone by myself, and probably will do so when I return to London at the end of the year.

If you are a Harry Potter fan then you should definitely take the time to visit The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour.

Booking tickets for the Harry Potter Studio Tour and Getting There

Tickets are available directly from the Warner Bros Studio Tour website.  You will have several package options to choose from.  All packages include a timed entry ticket.  As the facility is located outside of London, so you do need to ensure you programme extra time to get there before your scheduled time. We caught the train from London Euston station to Watford Junction, where we were met by the Harry Potter Experience bus!!!  It was a really smooth transport experience – and of course, you just do it in reverse to get back.

Visiting the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

We booked for the whole experience – tickets, digital guide and Souvenir Guidebook.  Totally recommend this package – the digital guide really added to the experience and gave insights that the signage didn’t.

Arriving

Arriving at the Studio you are greeted by the large chess pieces from the movies, and you collect your ticket inside.  Once you enter the foyer you have the opportunity to have a coffee in the cafe located there, or you can pick up your Digital Guide and proceed to line up.  We arrived a touch early (a bit too excited perhaps) and we managed to arrange to get in for an earlier tour – but still had plenty of time to have a coffee.

The lines were long to get in but well organised and there is plenty to look at while you wait.  It is run like a well-oiled machine and the crowd we were in line with where positive and excited.  We were there at the end of the school year so there were plenty of school children there too – so plenty of energy in the lines.  You also get to see Harry’s cupboard under the stairs as you wait – giving you an indication of the level of detail you can expect to see during the tour.

Visiting the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

 

Visiting Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

Visiting the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

Entrance, Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

Visiting the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

Harry’s Cupboard under the Stairs

The Experience

When it is your turn you move into a bare room with Harry Potter movie posters from around the world.  Here you are given an introduction to the experience and then move to watch a short film – and then….the doors to Hogwarts appear!

Visiting Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

 

From here on in it is a self-guided experience – which is where the Digital Guide came into its own.  You will get the chance to see behind the scenes of The Making of Harry Potter, see the magic, costumes and how the special effects were created.

Visiting Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

Hogwarts Dining Hall

 

Visiting Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

You will also be able to try a Butter Beer at the Backlot Cafe.  For those of you from Australia or NZ, it kinda tastes like Creaming Soda – except sweeter.  It is here you will also be able to see the Knight Bus, Harry’s house in Privet Drive and the bridge at Hogwarts.

Visiting Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

For the final part of the experience, you get to walk down Diagon Alley and see the Hogwarts model.

Visiting Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London

Overall, we loved the experience and being able to peer behind the magic.  Judging by the reaction of the children and families also there, they did too.

Things to remember

  • book your tickets as soon as you know your travel dates
  • we spent three hours exploring
  • no food is permitted other than in the two cafes, and there is a picnic area outside the Back Lot Cafe
  • Catching the train from Euston and then the Harry Potter bus is easy and straightforward

If you are a Potterhead and are in London, definitely take the time to head out to the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour.

Other Stuff

One of the great things about booking tickets to go to see Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour is that it is the perfect opportunity to reread and soak on the Harry Potter books.  We love that there are so many different options for accessing these wonderful stories, Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books 1-7, individually Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and of course audio books –  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1!  If you are new to audiobooks, click on the link in the sidebar for your first month free.

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46 Comments

  1. August 31, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Wow. Looks like so much fun. Now I kinda regret that I didn’t go when I was in London. My friend has been there lately as well and she was also really amazed. I guess I should seriously consider going back to London! 🙂 I love the pictures that you took by the way. Thanks for sharing!

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 12:48 am

      Thanks for the feedback! It was such a great day.

  2. Anisa
    August 31, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    I am embarrassed to admit I have not read the books or seen the movies. I feel like I should read the books first, but I just haven’t found the time. Once I read some of the books, I would definitely love to do this tour.

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 12:47 am

      The great thing about the books and movies is that they will always be there – so there is no rush!

  3. August 31, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Great article. I am a big Harry Potter fan but my husband isn’t. I’m hoping this article will convince him to come with me on our next trip to London!

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 12:45 am

      That sounds familiar! I have to admit it did take some convincing – I think he secretly enjoyed it.

  4. August 31, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    The whole studio looks awesome. Does it feel like you’re also in the movie?

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 12:43 am

      It did! well worth it. We loved it.

  5. August 31, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Haha I was laughing about the ‘call me a harrypotterhead’. I love Harry Potter aswell! Eventough I must say I’ve only seen the movies and never read the books. I’ve been to London so many times, but never to the warner bros studio! Who knows maybe next time, sounds like fun!

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 12:42 am

      Thanks!The movies are great – love them.

  6. September 1, 2017 / 4:09 am

    This is so cool. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try. Thanks for sharing your experience. It seems like you had a great time.

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 12:41 am

      We did – I think I will go back again.

  7. September 1, 2017 / 4:33 am

    OK… that was really cool. I went to Chicago to see the tour of all things Harry Potter. My kids loved it. I can’t imagine an entire museum

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 12:40 am

      There are so many ways to experience the Harry Potter magic!!

  8. September 1, 2017 / 7:19 am

    I love HP! Keep seeing people do it, would love to go next time!

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 12:37 am

      It is such a great time!

  9. Chloe
    September 1, 2017 / 10:41 am

    The Harry Potter studio tour looks so much! I’m not sure if I would pay to go to it in London because I’m a budget traveller, but it’d be amazing to see privet drive as well as Harry’s cupboard. How much is a ticket?

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 12:37 am

      It was such a good day. It is a pricey experience though. The great thing about Harry Potter is that there are so many ways to experience the magic!

  10. Chloe
    September 1, 2017 / 10:42 am

    This would be such an amazing tour to take in London although I’m not sure if I’d go myself just because I’m a budget traveller right now. So cool to see Harry’s cupboard and privet drive haha. How much is a ticket?

  11. September 2, 2017 / 1:34 am

    I went here in 2012 and I had a blast! It’s the best sort of activity for a Harry Potter fan 🙂

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 4:52 am

      Agree! It is definitely the best activity for a Harry Potter fan.

  12. September 2, 2017 / 2:20 am

    I just did this last month! 🙂 This is definitely a must do activity for any Potterhead and it’s well worth the money. I hope to return soon!

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 4:51 am

      Cool – Of course I agree totally with you!!!

  13. September 2, 2017 / 3:21 am

    OMG!!!! I want to go so badly and even more after reading your post! This looks and sounds amazing. I am so happy you were able to go. I am bookmarking this post for my future visit 🙂

    • reddoorponderings
      September 2, 2017 / 4:50 am

      Fabulous!! It is totally worth visiting.

  14. September 2, 2017 / 4:27 am

    aww!i’ve actually never read or seen any harry potter movies or books but i am planning to start soon. so, this should be a must stop for me when i finally get to travel to london 😀 looks like a real magical place!

    • reddoorponderings
      September 4, 2017 / 8:45 am

      They are worth giving a go – you never know until you try!

  15. September 2, 2017 / 6:37 am

    Oh my goodness that looks like so much fun! I sooo want to do the photo going through the platform, it looks so cool!

    • reddoorponderings
      September 4, 2017 / 8:44 am

      It was such fun! Perfect excuse to be a kid and let loose!

  16. September 2, 2017 / 7:26 am

    I would love to visit the Harry potter warner brothers studio. Unfortunately I don’t see myself traveling anywhere nearby soon. I can’t believe that so many years have passed since the first book got published.

    • reddoorponderings
      September 4, 2017 / 8:43 am

      I know right! It feels like only yesterday that the books came out.

  17. September 2, 2017 / 10:58 am

    I so regret not going when we were in London but I was the only one in the group who was interested and I was too nervous to travel by myself! But I did manage to see the temporary one in New York City so I got to see some of the costumes and props. I would have really loved to go into the Dursley’s house though! Did you get to board the Knight Bus? They don’t let you at Universal Studios in Orlando

    • reddoorponderings
      September 4, 2017 / 8:42 am

      No, we couldn’t go on the Knight Bus. It was such a good day out! Understand your nervousness about going by yourself, I think I will give it a go by myself next time I am in London.

  18. September 2, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    😍 that looks amazing! I am so sad I didn’t get to go when i was in London. I definitely have to go back for this!! Great post 🙂

    • reddoorponderings
      September 4, 2017 / 8:41 am

      You should put it on your list if you get back to London – it is a great day out. Such fun!

  19. September 2, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    I really enjoyed this post, it brings me back all the memories when I was there in January. I was actually crying a bit when we sat in that HP themed double-decker on the way there and the intro music started to play 🙂 It is a must for all Potterheads!

    • reddoorponderings
      September 4, 2017 / 8:39 am

      I agree it is a must for all Potterheads! I was totally swept up in the whole experience.

  20. September 2, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    This is so cool! What an experience! I would really like to do this tour. The eating / banquet hall looks so nice. My only problem would be my husband. I do not think he will want to go even if you offer him a thousand dollars ;0)

    • reddoorponderings
      September 4, 2017 / 8:38 am

      I understand! I think I will go again – by myself!

  21. September 2, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    What a fun post! I’d love to see the behind the scenes of Harry Potter! Saving for later.

    • reddoorponderings
      September 4, 2017 / 8:37 am

      It was such good fun!

  22. September 2, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    OMG, the Potterhead in me is FREAKING out… I thought going to the Wizarding World at Universal was wow, but this??? They would have to drag me out! Let me book a flight right now…

    • reddoorponderings
      September 4, 2017 / 8:37 am

      Ha! I know what you mean. I was beside myself with excitement before we went to London – it was such a great experience! May have to suss out Wizarding World at Universal.

  23. September 3, 2017 / 4:26 am

    !!!!!!!! I’ve actually…………..*whispers* never read Harry Potter…..but this place looks awesome!

    • reddoorponderings
      September 4, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Ha! I’ll let you off for not reading the books!! This place is pretty awesome.

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