I’m going to start off by saying that if you hate all things Harry Potter, this post is definitely not for you…maybe come back on Friday?
If you, like me, LOVE Harry Potter more than most things, then get excited because today I have lots of photos to show you from our tour of the HP movie sets! This was at the very top of my list of things to do in England when we went on our trip, and I couldn’t be more grateful that we got to actually make it happen. Did you know my nickname in middle school was “Mary Potter”? Just a fun fact.
Anyway, I’m rambling because I don’t really even have words for how amazing this was. I’ve been joking that people told me all sorts of things when we were planning our wedding like “oh, it just flies by, you won’t remember any of it!” which made me determined to remember every second of our wedding day (which I do!). I was very intentional about staying “present” on our wedding day….but no one warned me about the Harry Potter set tour. It felt like I floated through the whole thing shedding tears and gasping at different props and sets that I recognized! Honestly, even if you don’t care about Harry Potter, but you love movies, you should definitely go on this tour. There is so much behind the scenes “magic” that is fascinating to learn about!
That being said, I’ve included a LOT of photos for you here today, but I’ve very intentionally left out some pieces of information about the tour. One of the best parts of reading the Harry Potter books growing up was the magic of experiencing them as they came out. Getting to experience the story for the first time through my own brain was amazing, and this tour was just as much of an experience. I would never take away the magic for someone else in case any of you happen to make it to this lovely set in the future!
WOW that was so much already and we haven’t even gotten to the photos! Let’s start with our journey, we walked through the rain to the bus stop by our Airbnb, then took that to the train station to head to Watford. From the station in Watford, we took a special Harry Potter themed bus to the actual WB studio…it was awesome!
You can tell I was very excited haha Also, it’s worth mentioning that I found out the hard way that we in America can not use our curling or straightening irons in Europe…they will short circuit and it will be bad. So, that just explains my bangs in the rest of my Europe photos.
We waited in line for a few minutes, then started the tour. First stop, the Great Hall…I have no words.
After that, we entered a large room full of props and sets squished right next to each other. They also had details about how the costume designers, directors, producers, prop makers, and special + practical effects teams worked. So cool!
That’s us in the mirror of Erised ^^ no surprise that we saw ourselves just as we were :)
I could have stared at this display for hours, the graphic design team is amazing! So many details.
Gosh, the Hogwarts Express was amazing.
Halfway through the tour, we grabbed some Butterbeer and crisps, then had fun at the outdoor sets!
This bridge is one of my favorite props from the whole movie series…so great
AAAHHH!! Diagon Alley!
The last leg of the tour was all about the art department and how they made the buildings and large props come to life–this was incredibly interesting!
The very end was this room full of wand boxes featuring the names of every person involved in making these movies, I found a few favorites in there.
And that was it! We were there for around 8 hours, and I definitely plan to go back again sometime. That way I’ll be more prepared to remember everything haha
We took the train back to London and went straight to get dinner at a Punjabi restaurant called Tayyabs. Wow. This was easily my second favorite meal we ate on our whole trip, only beaten by the steak we had in Florence (which I’ll show you later)! If you’re in London and you’re at all interested in Eastern food, definitely try Tayyabs!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back next week with more from our Europe trip, but if you’d like to see all of the ones so far, you can find them here, here, here, and here.