Visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour, London

By CJ | Europe

Aug 29
Visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour

 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.

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Booking tickets for the Harry Potter Studio Tour and Getting There

You can book your tickets here.  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.

 

There are plenty of options available for getting to Harry Potter Studio Tours as well as having a guided experience yourself.


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.

Book Your Tour

There are plenty of tours to choose from so you can experience how special the Harry Potter Studio Tour is – choose your tour here.

 

How to make the visit even more special

There is so much opportunity to make your visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour even more special, you (or your young people) could

Where to stay in Harry Potter’s London

Georgian House Hotel

Sleep in a Harry Potter inspired enchanted chamber at the Georgian House Hotel.  The wizards chambers look like they are straight from Hogwarts.  Check here for latest rates and information.

Half Moon Pub

Stay above the pub just like Harry did at the Leaky Cauldron.  The Half Moon Pub is in Herne Hill, a direct train ride to Victoria Station for your train to Watford.  Beautifully designed large rooms, with a bustling pub downstairs.  A gorgeous breakfast is laid on in the morning to set you up for your day of Harry Potter excitement. Check out the latest rates.

Things to remember

  • book your tickets as soon as you know your travel dates
  • we spent three hours exploring
  • no food is permitted in the Studio Tour other than in the two cafes.
  • there is a picnic area outside the Back Lot Cafe so you can have a picnic (one you made yourself or purchased there).
  • 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.

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(46) comments

Vickiviaja August 31, 2017

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!

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    CJ September 2, 2017

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

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Anisa August 31, 2017

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.

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    CJ September 2, 2017

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

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Lindsey Nicole August 31, 2017

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!

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    CJ September 2, 2017

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

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Jemma August 31, 2017

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

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    CJ September 2, 2017

    It did! well worth it. We loved it.

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yasmin August 31, 2017

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!

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    CJ September 2, 2017

    Thanks!The movies are great – love them.

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Kellyn September 1, 2017

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.

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    CJ September 2, 2017

    We did – I think I will go back again.

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Margarita Ibbott September 1, 2017

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

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    CJ September 2, 2017

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

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Eve Kay September 1, 2017

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

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    CJ September 2, 2017

    It is such a great time!

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Chloe September 1, 2017

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?

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    CJ September 2, 2017

    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!

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Chloe September 1, 2017

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?

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Samantha O'Brochta September 2, 2017

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

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    CJ September 2, 2017

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

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Bri September 2, 2017

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!

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    CJ September 2, 2017

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

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Christina September 2, 2017

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 🙂

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    CJ September 2, 2017

    Fabulous!! It is totally worth visiting.

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stellaencina September 2, 2017

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!

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    CJ September 4, 2017

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

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Carlinn September 2, 2017

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

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    CJ September 4, 2017

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

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Penny September 2, 2017

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.

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    CJ September 4, 2017

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

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Christa September 2, 2017

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

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    CJ September 4, 2017

    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.

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Ashlee September 2, 2017

? 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 🙂

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    CJ September 4, 2017

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

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Lenka September 2, 2017

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!

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    CJ September 4, 2017

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

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Ruth | Tanama Tales September 2, 2017

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)

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    CJ September 4, 2017

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

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maegan September 2, 2017

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

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    CJ September 4, 2017

    It was such good fun!

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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…

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    CJ September 4, 2017

    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.

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Kay September 3, 2017

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

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    CJ September 4, 2017

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

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