My husband loves the Harry Potter films and when they started the Warner Bros Studios Tour he couldn’t wait to go. In fact he was so keen he took me when I was eight months pregnant with Alice. At this point I had only watched the first two movies, but after going on the tour I went home and watched the rest, I even went into labour watching them!
Alice has watched the first Harry Potter film and loved it. We were keen to take her along to the Warner Bros Studios to see it through her eyes. Also I knew not being eight months pregnant would mean I could enjoy it more and not constantly be going to the toilet. Plus I was excited to see the addition of the Hogwarts Express Train that they’ve since added.We invited along my brother and his family, as they are big Harry Potter fans too.
The minute you arrive you are surrounded by the world of Harry Potter, with pictures of all the actors and actresses around the room. Along with the famous blue car hanging from the ceiling.
The girls were given The Making of Harry Potter Passports to collect 6 stamps as we made our way around the tour, which they loved.
When you book your tickets you are given a time slot and you can join the queue 30 mins beforehand, which means by the time you get to the front its your allocated time. The queue moved quickly and we went passed Harry’s room under the stairs which was a great start to the tour.
Then it was our turn and you enter a holding room to watch and listen from the makers of the movie, it isn’t very long and then its time to enter the cinema room. Here we had an introduction from Harry, Hermione and Ron and then the screen lifted up to reveal the doors we all recognised into the world of Harry Potter.
You start of in the great hall and here you have set amount of time before you move on.
Past this bit you are free to take as long as you want to move around all the different sets and costumes. There was so much more there than I remember and even though there was a lot of people, it didn’t feel like you were on top of each other.
Alice loved seeing all the props that moved, like in the potion room.
And looking round Harry’s bedroom, Hagrid’s hut and the common room. Even though Alice kept asking why one of them were wearing pyjamas!
You can have a go with the interactive broomstick. It rises up and you have to grab it with your hand. My niece had ago.
I was excited to see the new addition of Hogwarts Express and I was not disappointed. It was brilliant to see and is now my favourite part of the tour. You can walk along the train and each carriage has a scene from each of the movies.
There is a photo opportunity to pretend you are pushing your suitcases through the wall of the station, just like Harry did. My niece loved doing it, but Alice was worried she was actually going to disappear through the wall.
They have an interactive carriage that we sat in and pretended to be in different scenes of the film. There was a camera set up and when the red light came on we were given instructions on how to act, smile, pretend like its cold, be scared etc
Whilst this was fun, it was disappointing that when I asked if the lady would take a picture of us all in the carriage she wasn’t able to. Clearly because they wanted us to purchase their pictures.
At the end of this section you arrive at the cafe, which was perfect timing for us as we approached lunchtime. There are plenty of tables and you can bring a picnic.
The children lunch boxes are in the shape of triple decker bus from the movie which was fun. But, what we got in the box was a bit disappointing. They included 2 ham sandwiches, which were bigger than the adult ones I brought and far too much for a child. An orange, the smallest piece of flapjack I’ve seen and a drink. This cost me £6 and whilst I appreciate you pay more at places like this, I would like to have seen more effort into providing a suitable lunch for a child.
You can also buy the famous butterbeer from the movie and butterbeer ice cream. We just had to try the ice cream, but then I wished we hadn’t. It cost me £11 for an ice cream cone for Andy and Alice and I shared the ice cream sundae.
After the food outlets, you enter outside to see all the props that are just too big to go inside. You have the triple deck bus which you can climb onto at the back and see all the beds laid out.
The famous number 4 Pivet Drive, which you can go inside. I am pretty sure we couldn’t do that last time. You can see into their living room with all the letters, how cool is that!
You can walk along the Hogwart’s bridge which was so much fun for the children.
And you get to have a ride in the Weasley’s car and on Hagrid’s motorcar, which is definitely a highlight of the tour as they are so iconic to the film.
Back inside it’s time to walk up Diagonal Alley, my sister in law was so excited about this part of the tour. It really is something to walk up the actual alley with all the shops either side, just like in the films.
You then walk through all the set designs and can see how it all came together. Before arriving at the final part of the tour and they save the best to last…a replica of Hogwarts Castle, it really is a beautiful sight. Alice was mesmerised by it and wanted to see all the different parts as we made our way down the slope, not missing a single bit.
You then enter into the wand shop, where we were all given a special Harry Potter 15 years badge. Then you go into the Warner Bros Studio shop which ends the tour.
We had a lovely time at Warner Bros Studios and it was great to take Alice along and show her the world of Harry Potter. I definitely enjoyed it more seeing it through her eyes and not waddling around pregnant!
Disclosure: We were invited to Warner Bros Studios for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own. Also, please note my brother and sister-in-law paid for their own tickets.