Harry Potter World In London

A few months back, my friend and I decided to book a trip to London. I knew that if I ever got the chance to visit the UK, I would not leave until I went to Harry Potter World. So, we booked our tickets, and two months later, here we are! And listen to me when I say this. Harry Potter World was hands down, one of the best places I have EVER been to in my entire life! WARNING: If you are not a Harry Potter fan and don’t want to listen to me go on and on about it, then skip this post, because that’s all it’s about!

We had our tour scheduled for the same day as our arrival, so we pretty much went straight from the airport to Harry Potter World (and by that I mean a solid four hour journey by buses trying to do the “super budget” option). The journey was well worth it!

So without further ado, enjoy all of these wonderful pictures of the most magical place I’ve ever been to!

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Where it all started. This is the real set of Harry’s closet under the stairs.

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One of Hagrid’s costumes. I swear it was the size of two football players!

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They had the wigs/beards/ mustaches of all the characters. A little weird but also the coolest thing ever! Here are Lucius Malfoy’s and Bellatrix’s wigs.
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Behold, Luna Lovegood’s wondrous wardrobe!
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Can you guess whose famous outfit this is??? (hint: I can’t actually name him;))

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The moving staircase, that I’ll be honest, lost a bit of its magic when I saw this, but is still AWESOME!
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This was one of one of my favorite props in the studio, all of the real wands used in the films.

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Harry’s invisibility cloak!

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The Goblet of Fire!

IMG_2776IMG_2793IMG_2812So, possibly the coolest thing about going to Harry Potter World, was that we just so happened to be there on the opening day of the Forbidden Forrest. Best. Luck. Ever. You get to walk though the “Forbidden Forrest”, and see Hagrid, Buckbeak, and even all the spiders from the film. They had thunder and lighting going off, even a fog machine! It was seriously so cool walking through it!IMG_2817

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Probably one of the coolest things at the studio. I swear this was the actual prop they used to film Buckbeak. It looked crazy real!

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The filmmakers would use these huge deerhound dogs with LED lights attached to them to create Harrys Patronus.

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Of course I had to get some Butterbeer while I was here, and I must say it was delicious! I think I’d go back again just to have another sip!

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The fact that they built an actual neighborhood (Privit Drive) for these films is so amazing. I swear this place is like a Harry Potter fans Disneyland.

 

 

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And this is where my nightmares came from as a kid. I remember watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with my brother when I was about eight years old, and this was seriously terrifying!
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Can you say DIAGON ALLEY! Seriously the coolest thing to walk through!

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Quite possibly the saddest part of the entire studio tour. If you didn’t cry when Dobby died then you are not a true fan 😥

IMG_2986IMG_2987IMG_2991IMG_2993At the end of the tour you get to actually see Hogwarts. But it’s not the huge castle you would expect to see. It’s actually scaled down to fit inside a room that you can walk around and see at every angle. This means that almost every scene in the films where you see the castle are likely this model. Pretty amazing when you think about it.

When it was all over, I was ready to hop back in line, and do it all again. I swear it was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been, and I hope it stays around for a long long time so I can visit again! If you are a Harry Potter fan, then you must add this to your bucket list and make it happen. This was one of the many things I have done in London, and it will always be my favorite!

Anyways, thanks for reading guys, even if this is like three months late! I’m finally getting organized and putting up some posts from my travels the past couple of months. I hope you’re all enjoying your week and are as excited for summer as I am! Until next time.

Love, Kaite.