Harry Potter World Adventure

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.

Harry Potter

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Tania xxx

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  1. March 18, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Such a wonderful place to visit. I never been but my son went on a school trip there recently and loved it. Have a great weekend. Gemma x
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    • the london thing
      March 20, 2016 / 9:19 am

      You should go too Gemma, if you get a chance x

    • the london thing
      March 20, 2016 / 9:19 am

      Thanks for reading Len x

    • the london thing
      March 20, 2016 / 9:19 am

      You should, if you are not too far x

  2. March 18, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Visited Harry Potter back in Oct and it was a great experience!! Loved how surreal everything was and it is good to know how much effort was put behind the movie. Happy Friday Tania! x

    Real Life Nerd
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    • the london thing
      March 20, 2016 / 9:18 am

      I feel exactly the same, I love how creative the producers are x

  3. Alice
    March 18, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Ahh this looks so fun, I’m such a huge fan of Harry Potter myself!! I remember the day the 4th book came out, I was so sick but I forced myself to get dressed, put on some clothes and hustled out to my nearest bookstore to get it. Of course if it was today I would’ve just Amazon with same day shipping haha. Thanks for sharing these photos, hoping I can see it in person soon!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • the london thing
      March 20, 2016 / 9:18 am

      Aww you are the same as my friend, she read the books 4 times. Glad you like the post x

    • the london thing
      March 20, 2016 / 9:16 am

      It was amazing to see Carina so do have a look, if your find yourself in the area x

    • the london thing
      March 20, 2016 / 9:16 am

      Aw thanks doll, happy to hear that you like them x

    • the london thing
      March 20, 2016 / 9:16 am

      Our one was very sickly and sweet, I can’t say that it was my favourite thing 🙂 x

  4. March 19, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Sounds like a great day! I haven’t been there, however I’d love to visit there as I am a fan of Harry Potter 🙂 xx

    Ela BellaWorld

    • the london thing
      March 20, 2016 / 9:15 am

      It’s really cool to see, if you find yourself near the area. We had a lot of fun for sure 🙂 x

    • the london thing
      March 20, 2016 / 9:14 am

      It was so amazing to see how much work went into making them x

  5. Stephanie
    March 20, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Love the post babe! What a fun day that was. I would do it all again!! Xx

  6. Siffat Haider
    March 20, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Oh my goodness, it’s my absolute dream to visit this place! I cannot wait to come back to London and drag my family out lol!
    xo
    Siffat
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  7. March 20, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    This looks and sounds like a wonderful afternoon, I hope I can visit one day!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  8. March 21, 2016 / 2:49 am

    I’ve always wanted to take a trip here! I’m so happy that you had such an awesome time! Great photos!

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

  9. Trang Do
    March 21, 2016 / 3:51 am

    Great pictures! Love them! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  10. Sophie
    April 1, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Wonderful, Hogwarts is my forever dream <3

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