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A Day in the Life of Harry Potter

No automatic alt text available.It is every Potterhead’s dream to bask in the glory of J.K. Rowling’s magical universe and I got the chance to do so at the Harry Potter Studios in Leavesden. It had just opened a few months before I was set to visit England so I was absolutely chuffed to take a tour. Fortunately we were able to secure tickets!

This place is different from the Harry Potter attractions in Universal Studios theme parks in the U.S. and Japan. I haven’t been able to visit the latter but the former is a permanent exhibit which allows fans like me to see how much work was put into the production of one of the world’s most famous film series ever; the latter, however, is a part of the theme park based on the wizarding world of Harry.

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Come, I’ll show you around.

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Thanks Ate Tess for the amazing treat! Potterheads, commence tour!. 🙂

 

The tour starts with the cupboard under the stairs which, is where it all began for Harry. As any Potterhead would know this was the Dursleys’ poor excuse of a room for our favorite wizard.

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The door to Hogwarts is a magnificent one, not only because it’s beautiful but also because this is where the magic begins! We were told to watch out for snitches as we explored this magical world.

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As we went through the Hogwarts doors we found ourselves in the Great Hall. Of course there was no bewitched ceiling but it was lovely all the same.Image may contain: one or more people and indoor

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Do you know these professors?
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I want to get a robe!
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Professors Dumbledore and Snape, with gamekeeper Hagrid

All costumes on display are original. The teeny tine one on the left is what Harry wore in the very first movie! Awww.

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Who can forget the Yule Ball? It was quite a turning point for our favorite teen wizards and the decor was fabulous.

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Yule ball costumes for Harry, Hermione, Victor Krum, and Cho Chang

The Yule Ball decor made the scene more special and magical.

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Only the phoenix sculpture is edible

All those hairstyles were made easy by the countless wigs they had in stock. Fancy one?

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The boys beds in the dormitory were made small, so the boys had to try and fit themselves in as they were growing up fast.

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Ron’s bunk

I wanted to get my hands on these wands! They each had a distinct character and design.

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Don’t forget the password or the Fat Lady won’t let you into the Gryffindor common room. I still remember the movie scene where she tries to break a goblet by singing. 😀 No automatic alt text available.

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No tour would be complete without a visit to the headmaster.

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Sherbet lemon!
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The many trinkets and gadgets the fill Dumbledore’s cabinets

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The pensieve
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Where thoughts are stored

No Potterhead would want to find himself in this class… Potions!

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Time to get brewin’
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Ack! It’s Snape!

There’s so much to see in this place that I had no time to find the snitches. We were able to find just one.

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Salazar Slytherin’s locket
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Helga Hufflepuff’s cup
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Ravenclaw’s diadem

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Some of the crew had to pose for the moving portraits (which weren’t moving in person)
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It’s the chamber of secrets!
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Another place you might want to avoid: Dolores Umbridge’s office
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At the Weasley’s Burrow you can play wizard. Just point your wand at some of the objects and make them move!

Who wants some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans?

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What if you get booger? Or licorice?
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The start of something new
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All that touring can make one thirsty!
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It tastes like cream soda. Or Peter’s butterball from my childhood in liquid form.

Some of the bigger sets and props were on display, which was a real treat. Let’s go to Number 4 Privet Drive.No automatic alt text available.Image may contain: outdoor

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Ministry of magic

And of course let’s not forget Diagon Alley!

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Have to get some quills here
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The Weasley Twins’ pride
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Will my wand have phoenix feather in its core?

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I’m going to get meself some galleons.
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The wizards’ chess scene made me really nervous!

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Hogwarts Bridge

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Don’t worry, Dobby and Hagrid are here. Although it was a bit odd to see them that way.

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The goblins creep me out!

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Towards the end of the tour a roomful of wand boxes were on display and each one was for a crew member who worked on the movie.

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It was a happy day for the Potter fan in me! I just feel like I won the Triwizard tournament and more!

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