Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Experience (Pt. 1)

Visiting Warner Bros. Studio London – The Making of Harry Potter was by far the highlight of my trip to London in March! For Harry Potter fans, this place is a MUST to visit. The place is more or less a museum of props, costumes, and behind-the-scene looks at how the movies were made. Since I have a lot to share, this post (Part 1) will only cover Buying Tickets, Getting There, The Great Hall, and Exhibit Hall. Stay tuned for Part 2 where I’ll share the rest of the studio tour!

Do you want to visit here? Read on to learn what to expect in your Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London experience, Potterheads!

Buying Tickets

You must buy tickets online. We bought tickets for the very first tour of the day – 9 am – and it was WORTH IT. We stayed until about 2 pm, and by that time there were lines for virtually everything when earlier we were able to just waltz right in. It’s true that the early bird gets the worm!

Getting There

The website has some great information about how to get there. Elise and I took a train to Watford Junction. A great app that helped us figure out the London Underground is Tube Map. We took the metro to a train station with overground rail service and got on a train to Watford Junction. I learned that there are many trains that either pass through or end at that stop. This was a great revelation as it provided us with more trains to get there than I initially thought.

Once you get to Watford Junction, wait for the shuttle bus that takes you to the studio grounds. Make sure you have cash to pay the bus driver – this fare is not included in your studio tour ticket (why the hell not, I don’t know).

AND THEN YOU’RE THERE!!!

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The Tour Begins

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Recognize this cupboard under the stairs?

Actually, you first get corralled and told to wait until they let you in. But look at these 2 BAMFs who were the first ones in line for the day…

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But even we couldn’t hold a candle to the cute kids who were actually die-hard fans.

At last, ready to find out what lies behind these guards?

Warner Bros Studio Tour London Great Hall

The Great Hall

YOU GUYS I was so excited to step in here!

Welcome to the Great Hall! ? #hogwartscastle #wbtourlondon #makingofharrypotter #onset?? #hp⚡ #hpnerd

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Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Great Hall

I had the privilege of visiting Oxford in 2015 where I saw the college that inspired Hogwart’s Great Hall. Now that I’ve stepped foot in the Hall, I can confirm that they were pretty spot on. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself!

Warner Bros Studio Tour London Great Hall

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So this portion of the “tour” will be the only time when you have a “guide” telling you things unless you bought the deluxe tour (which we didn’t). Unfortunately, I was so excited about being in the Great Hall that I didn’t hear anything that our guide said. The only thing I caught was “the actor who played Hagrid wasn’t as tall as described in the books, so to make him taller we blahblahblah…” WHOOPS. I suggest you listen first then go back and take pictures. You’re allowed to go back to any of the exhibits at any time.

Exhibit Hall

After leaving the Great Hall, you’ll find a gigantic exhibit hall with all the costumes and props that were used in the making of Harry Potter.

Yule Ball

Yule Ball Costumes Warner Bros Studio London
Yule Ball costumes
Yule Ball Props Warner Bros Studio London
Yule Ball props
Yule Ball Props Warner Bros Studio London
Yep, that’s real, edible chocolate!

Gryffindor Common Room & Dorms

Shall we enter?

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Fat Lady

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Costumes

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Gryffindor Common Room
Why they couldn’t have dressed them more fashionably, I will never know.

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Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Props
Mina Lima comics that are strewn around the common room.
Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Costumes
The invisibility cloak is basically a green screen!

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Boys Dorms

The same dorm beds were used throughout all 7 HP movies. They were a great fit for 11 year old boys at the beginning, but as you can imagine, they didn’t grow in length with the boys as they got older. So in the later movies, you’ll only see bed scenes of them from the waist up!

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Dumbledore’s Office

This was definitely my favorite prop room of all. The colors and scientific-looking knick-knacks made it all look absolutely magical.

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Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Dumbledore's Office

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Dumbledore's Office

That orb-looking device in the back is a telescope – and the most expensive prop on set.

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Dumbledore's Office
Sword of Gryffindor
Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Dumbledore's Office
Memory vials – the labels on there are names of the set and crew!

Flying Lessons!

Watch until the end and you’ll see that I, too, got to fly on a broom!

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Quidditch

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Potions Dungeon

The Potions Dungeon use to be Fluffy’s cellar from the first movie! But everyone liked the set so much that they reused it as the Potions classroom in later movies.

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Potions Dungeon

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Potions Dungeon
The ladle inside stirred the pot. So many little touches of “magic” throughout the props!

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Potions Snape

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Snape, Snape, Severus Snap…
Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Snape
Oh how could we forget this memorable scene? We didn’t; G-ma Snape is now immortalized!

Portrait Gallery

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Some of these portraits are real people from the set and crew. The director of the first movie got a custom portrait as a gift when he left, lol. The perfect painting to hang up in your dining room, no?

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The moving staircase

The Burrow

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Burrow

Hagrid’s Hut

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Fang

They had a variety of different trained animals used on set! There were several Fangs, Crookshanks, and Hedwigs used throughout the years.

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut

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Malfoy Manor

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Malfoy Manor

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Malfoy Manor

Ministry of Magic

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Ministry of Magic
Custom-made sculpture that depicts muggles in their rightful place under the new Ministry.

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Ministry of Magic

Random Props

I needed to document EVERYTHING and had a lot of fun doing so!

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Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Moody's Coffin
Where the real Mad-eye Moody lived in “Goblet of Fire.”
Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Lupin's Suitcase
Lupin’s briefcase – all the drawers opened and closed automagically.

My favorite props are the ones below:

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Triwizard Tournament Props
Triwizard Tournament cup and egg

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Triwizard Tournament Props

Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter Props

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The Chamber of Secrets has been opened!

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Man, that was a looot of stuff. So coming up is Part 2 where I’ll finish up by sharing more about the creature creations exhibit, Privet Drive, King’s Cross Station…and more!

(UPDATE: Part 2 – Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Experience (Pt. 2))

I visited WB Studios right before the newest Forbidden Forest exhibit opened (crying…guess I’ll have to come back). But if you go visit now, it’ll be open!

Have you been to Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour London? Share your experiences in the comments below!

TL;DR

  • Where:
  • Cost: £39.00/ticket
  • Time spent: 1.25 hours to get there from Central London, 5 hours once there
  • Tips: Get there early! Book the first tour if you can to avoid long lines.

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