The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Brothers Studio Tour
The Making of Harry Potter - Warner Brothers Studio Tour Hothttp://plusthekids.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/86/8a/72/625-the making of harry potter warner brothers studio tour-72-1434294192.jpg
The Harry Potter film series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. As the books were still being released while the films were being made, the production crew saved many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created especially for the films - just in case they were ever needed later on in the series. Once filming wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 in 2010, the production crew were left with a treasure trove of thousands of intricate and beautifully-made artefacts, many of which wouldn't have been saved on a typical production. The team behind The Making of Harry Potter - Warner Brothers Studio Tour wanted to preserve and showcase these iconic props, costumes and sets so that Harry Potter fans could experience the magic of filmmaking first-hand. Many of the original cast and crew returned to reassemble the sets and record their memories from filming, and on 31st March 2012, the Studio Tour opened its doors. Set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects. per https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/the-tour-experience/about-the-studio-tour
Can I give it more than 5 stars?!
I was expecting this to be awesome and it really was! I loved the Harry Potter books myself and have been reading them to my 8 year old for a couple of years. You really do feel as though you have been transported into Harry Potter world, I was like a kid in a lolly shop. It was also quite interactive; the kids loved the wand lessons, the opportunity to fly a broom or the flying car (although the cost of buying the photos afterwards is ridiculous) and the passport that you get which you must stamp on your way around. I loved looking at the memorabilia and all the props! Wonderful! Food is also expensive and not a huge choice either - I am not sure if you are allowed to take your own in or not but if you can if would be much better as you will save $$. The lines are long and it is overcrowded although once you are in, you don't really feel as though there is so many people. We waited about 15 mins to fly the brooms and only about 10 mins for a wand lesson, which wasn't too bad. I took a headset with the guided tour which I enjoyed but I think kids below 8 wouldn't get much out of it. I simply listened and then passed on what I thought the kids would like. My 4 year old was a little scared at some of the electronic props, like the Monster book of Monsters! Very realistic! I have only one regret, we should have allowed a full day as we only allowed an afternoon and I could have stayed all day. If you haven't done this - you simply must! I'd recommend for all except for under 2's, there really isn't much for them to do and would be difficult to put them down and let them crawl/wander due to the amount of people around. Remember that tickets must be bought in advance and ARE NOT AVAILABLE at the gate! Not a cheap day out but Great fun and worth every cent!
- 3-5 years
- 6-9 years
Pros and Cons
- Activities specifically for kids
- Great for rainy days
- Parenting room/facilities