From 19 November 2016 to 29 January 2017, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is currently decked out for the holidays. I had the pleasure of visiting the studio, located north of London in Leavesden, in November. While I was able to schedule a tour through my university, those based in London can take a tour bus directly to the studio or you can head to Watford Junction and book a shuttle bus. You can book from Trip Advisor, Golden Tours, or through Visit London. Please be aware of any pick-up and/or drop-off points.
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.