Actual date of this event: 23 May
A few months ago, my friends Liz and Greg from Aberdeen had planned a trip to come to London for a concert. Liz mentioned that she wanted to do the Harry Potter tour, and I freaked with excitement. I was like, "I don't have a job! I have nothing going on! I love Harry Potter! I wanna go!" So the plans were made that we would hop on the train to Cool Town to go see all things Harry Potter. You be jelly. You be jelly.
Seriously, if you're not a Harry Potter fan... you will be sorry if you continue reading...
We left Euston train station around 9:30am heading toward Watford Junction (make note of that in case you plan to go to the studio). The train we took was the long one, meaning it makes a bunch of stops, but the quicker train wasn't leaving for a while. In the end, we would have gotten there about the same time, so no biggie. While pulling up to Watford Junction, we saw the big Harry Potter bus that we needed to take to get to the studio. It was 2GBP for a round trip ticket on the bus. After riding through some neighborhoods, we arrived at the big warehouse that is Warner Bros Studios Leavesden. Cant.Contain.TheExcitement!
The costume on the left was worn by Daniel Radcliffe in the first film. It was so tiny!
I was shocked at the size of the Great Hall. It is much smaller and more narrow than I imagined it would be.
Dumbledore's Office - the Pensieve is one of my favorite items from the series.
The Potions classroom was one of my favorite things from the tour.
The Burrow (the Weasley's home) was interactive. You could make dishes clean themselves, knives chop, and needles sew.
The current number 4 on the home is a replica as Rupert Grint (Ron) took it as his own personal memorabilia. Only houses 3 & 4 were still standing.
It's difficult to choose but...
What is your favorite book? Mine is probably the Half-Blooded Prince
What is your favorite movie? Mine is probably the Order of the Phoenix
Or maybe they are switched - not sure. Too hard to choose!!!!! I feel like Joey when he has to choose between food and sex.
If for some reason you are not a Harry Potter but continued to read this post, what is it that you don't like about Harry Potter?
You can still see the 10 houses that were built to create Privet Drive at the studio on Google Maps. Go to Google Maps, and search for "Warner Bros Studios Leavesden". To the left of the location pin when zoomed in, you can see 5 houses on each side of a small lane. To the southwest of that, you can also see Hagrid's hut and the Hogwarts' Bridge. (this fact is correct as of May 28, 2013)