The Making of Harry Potter

We leave for our new sojourn in Barcelona this Saturday, and to end our adventure in London, we took a little trip out to Watford, to the Warner Bros. Studio to tour the making of the Harry Potter movies.

The arrival by shuttle bus from Watford Junction train station.

When you purchase a tour ticket it is for a specific time entry. We arrived an hour before our entry time, so we explored the shop during our wait. Just like at the Disney Store, you can literally spend a lot of money and time if you don’t watch out. Because we’re traveling and living with a minimalistic mindset, I only allowed myself to purchase a Griffindor journal as I’m in need of a new one for 2017. Otherwise, I don’t think I could have stopped at just that.

As you get in line, you’ll discover Harry’s cupboard room under the stairs, at the Dursley’s on Number 4 Privet Drive.

The tour leads you into the Great Hall, the original set for the movie. Everything we saw, from food to costumes, is all from the movie. The mannequins in all of the pictures I share wearing the clothes you may recognize from the movies are what the actors really wore while filming.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Passing “through” Platform 9 and 3/4, we hopped on the Hogwarts Express en route to Hogwarts! This red train is the original train used in the movie. It was so cool to step inside and see it for what it is.

This model of the castle was used in the film. This is what you actually saw. It’s amazing how visual effects and filming could do such trickery to the eyes!

Hogwarts Castle

The moving staircase

Griffindor Boy’s Dormitory

Griffindor Common Room

Snape’s Potion Classroom

Dumbledore’s Office

Hagrid’s Hut

The Original Quidditch Set

Creature Effects

We were in awe of the creature effects, at how life-like they were. The time and work that it took to hand make all of them are so fascinating.


Diagon Alley

Do you remember the different shops Harry visited in Diagon Alley?

This tour was amazing. It made us appreciate the movies, the books, and J.K. Rowling’s creative work even more. What I’ve shared is only a sample of the things we saw. We were in awe of everything there. For any Harry Potter fans visiting London, this is definitely a must-visit. It’s worth the time and money. If you go, make sure to allow for a full day. And be sure to purchase your tickets months in advance!

How to get there from London (quickest and cheapest way):

Take the London Euston train from Euston Station to Watford Junction, then take the shuttle bus (cash only) to the studio. It’s all very easy and convenient. All you have to worry about is to allow for enough time before your entrance time. Then be prepared to be wowed and enjoy the magic!