A Guide to Visiting the Warner Bros Studios Making of Harry Potter London

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Its no secret I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. Of course I’ve read all the books (thrice), watched all the films (a billion or more times I’m sure), visited Hogsmeade, riden the real Hogwarts Express, and visited nearly every site you can as a completely obsessed fan… but can you believe, I had still not visited the Warner Bros “Making of Harry Potter” tour just outside of London. Of course, we soon changed that.


The Making of Harry Potter London

There are a few ways to arrive, most popularly by driving or taking the bus transport with Warner Bros (book in advance). As someone who decided to drive, I would strongly recommend catching the bus (ha!) Driving in London as a foreigner is confusing and chaotic, so I’d suggest you save yourself the trouble.

When you book, you will choose an allocated time slot and take the tour within this time (don’t worry too much if you miss it, they’ll do their best to put you on the next allocation as the tour is self-guided).

Then comes the queuing, because it wouldn’t be a Harry Potter attraction without a line up (this is after all one of the world’s most famous film franchises). While waiting for your time slot, you might want to head over to the studio cafe or Starbucks for a snack, otherwise there’s plenty of merchandise in the store to keep you busy for days and send you broke in an instant (still worth it).

Harry Potter Tour

Then comes the fun part.

Once you have watched a quick film, you will be led into a screening area for another, longer film  featuring the key cast members (we will refer to them as Daniel, Rupert and Emma even if we all know they’re really Harry, Ron and Hermione). This just builds your anticipation even further (by which point you might need to check your blood pressure, it’s all seriously that exciting).

Soon thereafter, you’re in the Great Hall. Here you can see where they squeezed 400 cast members in to film the Great Hall scenes, look at the original costumes, and find out some fun trivia like the fact that they had to stitch the children’s pockets to prevent them from sneaking in sweets when filming scenes.

Harry Potter Tour

Next, you walk yourself around a variety of different interactive displays and information in abundance. I won’t give too much away because you’ll be more excited to discover it for yourself, but lets just say there is nearly nothing you won’t know about Harry Potter when you walk away from the experience.

Potions class

Yes, you’ll see potions class, the Triwizard cup, the Philosopher’s Stone, and so…. sooooooo much more. Be sure to experience the green screen rooms, where you can snap a fun picture on a broomstick or in the flying car. Of course, you’ll have to hand over some muggle currency to actually walk away with the photo, unless you cast a spell over the cashier attendant.

Privet Drive Harry Potter

Then, there’s a well earned break in “The Back Lot” where you can stand at Privet Drive, see the Night Bus, and the Hogwarts Bridge. Here you will find a large cafe and a chance to sit down, revive, and get ready for round 2.

The rest of the tour features more of the sets, costume, and even a huuuuuge model of Hogwarts! Then comes the souvenir shop, by which point you’re ready to buy all the Gryffindor goodies your pounds can buy and live out your fantasies of receiving a letter of acceptance by owl.


Thanks to Warner Bros and Visit Britain for making it a magical day!

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  • kelly@sparklesandshoes.com'
    September 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a cute opportunity!

    xx Kelly

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    September 24, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Sooo cool. I need to see that! Ahah.

  • kate.harrington7@gmail.com'
    September 24, 2015 at 7:37 am

    I’m planning to go this spring so this was a great help. Thanks for posting!

  • jafrederick91@gmail.com'
    September 24, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Brooke! I did this tour last summer with my mom while we were visiting London for two weeks! This was our last full day before flying home, and it was the PERFECT ending to our trip. We were both in tears by the end of it because we just love Harry Potter that much. I still get teary-eyed when I look back at pictures and read my own blog post featuring this tour. And your post is no different! Long live HP! Thanks for sharing.

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    Anne Hendricks
    September 24, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Our family drove there last summer. We arrived 90 mins early so the kids (diehard fans) could shop. We spent 4 hours taking the tour (after you watch an intro in the theater you can take as much time as you’d like to walk through). My daughter took 500+ photos! The last section is the art/models and my favorite. We will be back this Dec to see it decorated at Christmas. You do have to book well ahead of time online and pick up your tkts at the window. Note that the buses out of London do have you on a schedule so not as much freedom if you want to stay longer. We will take the train and then the bus thus trip. We absolutely loved it!

  • charactersandcarryons@gmail.com'
    September 24, 2015 at 12:10 am

    I’m such a big HP fan, I’ve definitely read the books more than 5x over easily…I hope to go on this tour one day, loved seeing your snaps on it too!

  • laura_martin1996@hotmail.com'
    Laura Mareno
    September 23, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    OMG I’m so excited to be doing this tour next year!! It seems awesome!:D kisses!

  • jassie1@me.com'
    September 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    This looks incredible! I am so excited to be visiting here in December, I am a massive fan of the books and movies.
    I have been reading your blogs for a while now and you are so inspiring, i’ve even started my own because I felt so inspired by you.

  • leonieparker@btinternet.com'
    Leonie Parker
    September 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I want to go here sooooooo bad!! Love Harry Potter

    Leonie ♥

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    Charlotte Bax
    September 23, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I was in London last summer but because of choir duty from early afternoon I couldn’t do the HP studio tour… Would love to go there once!

  • info@latortadidenise.de'
    September 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Oh my god!
    I love the studios but I`ve missed the train.
    I want to go next year the second time.

  • myvacationfixation@gmail.com'
    September 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Oh my goodness, I really want to do this tour! Can’t wait to go back to London for it!

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    H. M. Willow
    September 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ll have to share this with my sister 😉
    Haley |

  • britt.jeffs@gmail.com'
    September 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Ahhh I’ll be visiting in December and I really can’t wait.

    If there is one thing I want to do in all of Europe it is this!

  • jacqui.l296@gmail.com'
    September 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    It looks amazing! I wanna go so bad

    Jacqui |

  • rachel@smalltownsandcitylights.com'
    September 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I visited here last year. It was so amazing!!

  • zamora.jaqui@gmail.com'
    September 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I loved this post! This is one of the number one things on my bucket list and this post just made me even more excited about it! If I ever make it to London this will be the first place I go! For now, I’ll have to stick with watching the movies.

  • alexdaffara@hotmail.com'
    September 23, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I’m a mad Harry Potter fan too! This made me even more excited to visit one day!

  • theswifty@inbox.com'
    September 23, 2015 at 9:02 am

    That looks so amazing. I need to be there. Right now.

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