A favourite summer activity among Angelenos are the outdoor concerts held at the Hollywood Bowl. World travellers who find themselves in Los Angeles should definitely make an effort to attend a concert there as this is one of the few venues that allows outside food and drinks! Huzzah!
During my visit home, as luck would have it, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was playing at the Bowl with musical accompaniment by the L.A. Philharmonic, who performed the ENTIRE score from the film while it played. So the magical music that played during the movie was actually coming from a live orchestra. I loved it!
It was a packed night so the body heat made it a bit warm on an already hot day so be sure to pack some cold drinks if you’re there on a summer night. Next time I think I might treat myself to a boxed seat closer to the stage. Check out the Hollywood Bowl’s calendar of events here. Upcoming concerts include Mama Mia and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The first question I am asked when people I found out I visited the studio is “Was it worth it?” I have to say, as a huge Harry Potter fan, yes! Yes, it was worth it. I literally spent HOURS walking around the lot and saw original sets, original costumes, molds from the creatures which made Harry Potter magical, and I even took a few interactive photos. Imagine sitting on a broom in front of a green screen, because that’s exactly what happened. The sets and props that are outdoors are the Knight Bus (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Lily and James Potter’s home in Godric’s Hollow, Hogwarts Bridge, Mr. Arthur Weasley’s Ford Anglia, and of course, Number 4 Privet Drive (prop). While there are two different food courts (at the beginning and the back lot), they only serve one version of Butterbeer, and unlike the Wizarding Worlds in Hollywood and Orlando, there is no Fire Whiskey.