If you haven’t already read Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Experience (Pt. 1), I suggest you do that first to learn about buying tickets, how to get there, and what you’ll find once you arrive at the studios. In this second and final part of my Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Experience, I’ll share about the different exhibits you’ll see in the rest of the tour!
Once you leave the Exhibit Hall, you’ll continue walking until you arrive at King’s Cross. But first, we must cross to the correct platform!
Welcome to Platform 9 3/4!
Even cooler is how you get to go onto the Hogwarts Express. Once again, I cannot emphasize enough to get there early. The line to get on here moved very quickly in the morning. Not so after lunch time!
Here’s an inside look:
If you’ve ever been on the Hogwarts train in Orlando’s Harry Potter World, then you’ll recognize that the park did an extremely good job recreating the train. From the seats to the decor, everything was so accurate!
There was another station where you get to practice your acting chops on a set.
Overall, I had a great time “acting” in this section! And the no-wait time was a definite bonus 🙂
I love all the miscellaneous props that they made for the movies. They’re products that I would legitimately buy 😛
These knickknacks are so awesome. I’d totally want them as home decor!
Food and Drinks
Time for a lunch break! Don’t expect the food or dining hall to be all themed and cutesy like the Leaky Cauldron or Three Broomsticks in Orlando’s HP World. However, they do sell butterbeer, so of course I got my fix:
You must go through the lunch hall and an outdoor exhibit area to continue the tour. The outdoor area was really neat – here’s what they have:
It was really cool (and a little bit sad) learning that the outside appearance of the house was totally fake brick. They painted and texturized some kind of foam material to make it look like brick.
This bridge was extra. It wasn’t mentioned in the books, but the movies turned it into an iconic piece of the Harry Potter set.
The Potters’ Home
All in all, it was actually a little somber, approaching the home where James and Lily were murdered in.
Okay, I love Hagrid’s motorbike. Can we do a flashback real quick?
(See more in this blog post: Step into Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter)
Giant Chess Pieces
These were some of my favorite decorations. They would look so awesome guarding the outside of my house!
This next exhibit shows all the different creatures and critters in the movies. I forgot just how many magical creatures there were! It was absolutely fascinating to walk through and learn how they were made.
I actually forgot who this was until recently, when I began to re-read the 7th book. Guess werewolves didn’t make a huge impression for me :\
Voldy here was actually kind of disturbing. He would squirm every now and then and blink his eyes. 🙁
What a cool job it’d be to design and engineer these creatures!
Sure, you can walk through Diagon Alley, but all the storefronts are facades. You can’t go into any of them! So this is why I like the Diagon Alley in HP World infinitely better, as it satisfies my shopping crave. Experience it with me in this blog post: Step into Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Even the actors (Phelps twins) thought it was mind-blowing to be able to go in! However, it was still cool to see the original set that they used in the movies.
I didn’t know this, but they constructed paper models for a number of buildings and inserted tiny cameras inside to see what were the best angles to film.
Of course, they save the best for last. I got all the feels when I stepped into this room with the theme song playing.
You might not know that all the outdoor scenes of Hogwarts in the movies were actually taken of this model castle. Though I was disappointed to learn that the castle wasn’t real, the magic is not all lost. The amount of detail that went into creating this model castle – down to each little shrub and tree was absolutely amazing. It took 8 weeks to install it into this location.
Not to sound cheesy, but it took my breath away.
What was your experience like?
As you can tell, there is a lot to see in this studio tour. I actually went through the entire place twice, once because I was so excited that I needed pictures with everything, and a second time where I went back and actually read all the plaques. Thanks, Elise, for being super chill and being a great IG husband! 😛
Have you been to WB Studio Tour London? What was your favorite part?
Read and learn more information in Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Experience (Pt. 1)