So you may have noticed that I haven’t been away for a while and unfortunately, that will stay the case for the next few months whilst I undertake my citizenship application. Without boring you much with all the details, I wanted to tell you that I will be exploring more of the travel side of things with what the UK has to offer. One of them is our recent visit to the Harry Potter World in Leavesden.
My friend Stephanie is so obsessed with the Harry Potter to the point where she read the books 4 times and saw the movies to a point where she doesn’t even remember how many times. I thought Steph would be the best companion for this adventure so we got the tickets via National Holidays. Lucky for us the travel time from London is quite short so we didn’t have to have an early start, we got there for 1 pm tour and had to wait a little bit in the queue to enter since the tours are really busy.
Once we walked through the security we entered the little dark room where a friendly Harry Potter World employee talked us through the tour with what we could expect from the experience. The guided part of the tour is about 20 minutes long and the entire visit took maybe around 3 hours including lunch. The first point of call was the cinema theatre where we all were seated to watch Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint welcome us (not in person, unfortunately) and explain behind the scenes and what went into making the movie. It was surreal to hear that they spend over 10 years in the studios pretty much growing up together and with the cast. This is something that you never think off when watching the films. The first room we explored is the Hogwarts Castle Great Hall and definitely my favourite part of the entire studio.
Followed by Dumbledore’s password protected the office, the Gryffindor Common Room in Gryffindor Tower, Hagrid’s Hut and many other areas. I took a lot of pictures so you can see it for yourselves. We saw many iconic props including Harry’s Nimbus 2000, the Sword of Gryffindor and the Sorting Hat and entered the Hogwarts Express departing 9 3/4 platform from Kings Cross.
It took us about 2 hours to look at all the props and take in how much work it actually took to create all the amazing Harry Potter scenes. We felt a Butter Beer would be in order alongside our lunch. The cafeteria served your traditional fast food including burgers, mac n cheese, and hot dogs, however, we simply opted for ham sandwiches. The cafeteria was overlooking the Privet Drive and Harry Potter house as well as few other props used in the film such as Knights Bus. In the last part of the tour we wandered down the cobbled Diagon Alley and discovered the behind-the-scenes secrets including the breath-taking model of Hogwarts castle used in all eight films to stunning effect.
We enjoyed a visit to the enticing Harry Potter shop where you can purchase everything from a golden galleon from Gringott’s Bank to a wand from Ollivanders – there is something for all children and adults alike.
Have you ever wanted to visit Harry Potter world and what did you think about my post?