Warner Bros Studio Tour: Harry Potter

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For my partner’s birthday; We decided to go to Warner Bros Studios Tour: The Making of Harry Potter. Warner Bros Studio is in Watford.

As this was my son’s first time visiting, he made sure to watch all the Harry Potter film series in preparation.

Useful Information.

Warner Bros Studio Tour has a sensory room available, and they also provide sunflower lanyards for people with hidden disabilities.

We purchased a free carers ticket because of my son’s needs. Additionally, you have to provide proof of entitlement to obtain a free carer ticket.

On their website, they provide inclusive and interactive resources for SEN students, such as: designing and making a wand.

Harry Potter Poll.

Before I go on, I have a fun poll for you Harry Potter Fans. (All will make sense further along in the blog).

Muggles.

Us being Muggles, we were hoping to learn the ways of the wizard, as we have never been to any wizarding school before.

Firstly, my partner booked our tour for the 5:30 pm timeslot. Next, as we arrived; and I parked my car, we noticed signs explaining the security bag searching process before we entered the studio building. Likewise, there was also a sign for information on the temperature checks.

A digital guide sign was near the entrance that highlighted digital guides were available at the information desk.

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Digital Guides.

Ukrainian Ironbelly Dragon.

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Ukrainian Ironbelly Dragon.

Even before entering the tour for The Making of Harry Potter, the first thing we noticed was the impressive Ukrainian Ironbelly Dragon overhanging above us.

Then, as we queued to start the tour, we were handed a Harry Potter Passport each. The passport allowed us to collect stamps as we walked through seven areas.

Celebration of Slytherin.

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Celebration of Slytherin.

The first time my partner and I came to Warner Bros Studio; was for a Hogwarts After Dark event fat Halloween. This time being here with my son, there was: A Celebration of Slytherin event. Likewise, as part of the celebrations, there was a Celebration of Slytherin Quiz Trail. Additionally, the trail was interactive, where you had to locate the enchanted keys throughout the tour using the Harry Potter Fan Club app on your mobile.

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Celebration of Slytherin Quiz Trail.

We entered the Great Hall, where greenlighting projected onto the banners, one of Slytherin’s house colours. Moreover, the house colours for Slytherin are green and silver.

Comment down below if you know what animal represents Slytherin?

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Hogwarts Staff.

We had entered the Harry Potter Universe when we walked through the Great Hall. Likewise, at the far end of the hall was a prop set and mannequins; of the Hogwarts staff, characters from the movie.

For me, I liked the fact that they dedicated a board to the animal actors. (Of the Harry Potter movies).

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Animal Actors.

There was also Harry Potter’s bed from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Harry Potter’s Bed.

Hagrid and The Chambers of Secrets.

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Hagrid.

My son wanted me to take a photo of him by the chambers of secrets door. Afterwards, we walked through the Forbidden Forrest, where Hagrid was awaiting. There, lurking in the darkness, were tarantulas. (Aragog).

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Aragog.

Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.

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Platform Nine and Three Quarters.

Next, we had landed on platform nine and three-quarters, where there was the perfect opportunity to take photos by the Hogwarts Express.

We were in a Hogwarts fantasy world now.

Butterbeer.

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Butterbeer.

Now, you cannot come to Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter without trying Butterbeer. Furthermore, Butterbeer is a popular beverage amongst wizards, don’t you know?

My partner and son chose the Butterbeer drink while I went for the ice cream version.

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Butterbeer Ice Cream.

Gringotts Bank.

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Gringotts Bank.

After, we walked through the tunnel where we entered Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

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Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

Likewise, my son could not resist posing for another photo opportunity.

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Photo at Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

Additionally, there was a hand sanitiser station which my son used afterwards.

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Hand Sanitizer Station.

Gringotts Dragon Escape.

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Gringotts Dragon.

I liked there was a warning sign before entering Gringotts Dragon Escape for people with sensory sensitivity to loud noises and flashing lights, which can be overwhelming.

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Warning Sign.

My son, in this instance, was fine with the experience, so we proceeded to watch.

The lighting and special effects were fantastic, displaying a life-like experience.

Diagon Alley and Art Department.

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Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment Shop.

Next, we walked down Diagon Alley, where we saw the Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment shop and the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes shop.

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Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes Shop.

Afterwards, we headed over to the Art Department, where I had to take a photo next to Dobby.

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Dobby.

Lastly, we ended our enchanting experience of the Harry Potter wizarding world with a photo of my son in front of the Fantastic Beast display.

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Fantastic Beast.

Next on the Tour de Hertfordshire is our visit to Knebworth House.

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