TCMTSCC-HarryPotter-Quote-Printable-Preview-3I discovered the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when I was in the Seventh grade, while i was just perusing the shelves in my High School library with my too-big glasses and braces. I read the first 3 books before the end of the week and couldn’t wait until the release of the fourth book. I was a midnight contributor for every release afterwards until the final book release in 2007. Yep, I was a sophomore in college then.

My favorite midnight release of all time was for Halo 3, just sayin. My partner in crime and I made shirts for when we were at WVU and headed to the Walmart in Morgantown at midnight for our copy. One of our tech friends had already hacked the game and we’d been playing it all day but we made shirts dammit!

100_1572 (Small) 100_1573 (Small)Anyway, I’ve done a very bad job of publicizing the fact that I took a week of leave to galavant London just before Christmas. Opps. If I could spend a week in London and do the most spectacular things I could dream up, guess what would be at the top of the list? The Wizarding World of Harry Potter WB studio tour, I think so.

I originally saw that someone had posted about eating dinner in the Great Hall for Christmas, say what?! & when a travel friend told me that not only was it just the great hall but an entire studio I determined I would have to go and see it .

It’s not an easy feat to get to the studio tour, but its not very hard either. It just takes a little bit of planning. You can take the Overground to Watford and once there, they have a Harry Potter bus stop that will drive you both ways for 2 pounds. A lot of the tour companies such as Viator offer personal drop off and pick up from your hotel, but you are looking at upwards of $100. Don’t be a nimby.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 88It’s not very hard to tell which bus is the one which will be taking you to the studio tour. As soon as you walk out of the Overground you will see where everyone is congregated, and that’s the one.

I bought my ticket ahead of time and it’s a good thing because the place was jammed packed and tickets were selling out just before Christmas. It will give you a tour time such as 5:30-6:00 pm. Originally I thought that meant the tour would be very quick, however, it actually meant I had from 5:30 to 6:00 pm to enter. The tour itself took about 3 hours to walk around and see everything leisurely. The place is chalked full of props, facts, and sets from the movies. It will get you so excited to be a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 94Going around Christmas was a really great idea. Look at the Great Hall all decked out. One of my favorite parts about reading the books and watching the movies (don’t worry I binge watched all the movies a week before coming for the tour, I’m a giant nerd like that) was how homy and comfy the Great Hall always appeared and felt. It was the same when we were standing inside of it. I love this place!

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 63 Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 64 Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 65Clearing everyone out as we are pushed forward into the set area.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 66Gryffindor Common Room, decked our for Christmas, with presents!

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 62Dumbledore’s office, don’t forget to look up on these sets when you go, the thought and care taken extends towards the ceiling.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 68In my opinion, one of the most impressive things they brought to life in the movies were the portraits, how they move between frames on screen and talk and interact with each other. That was so cool. When touring, take a look at the detail in which these portraits were actually painted. The professions that dreamed these up were genius and there are even some really cool facts with relation to behind the scenes set members and the paintings!

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 80Where in the world are all those Weasley’s?

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World LondonThose evil death eaters!


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Ewww, a crazy cat lady as a wizard, how horrid.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 5King’s Cross Station!

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 6 Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 7Platform 9 & 3/4. This is precisely the exact spot I met Savannah, an American studying abroad in Krakow who is originally from Chicago. We were both touring alone and decided to link up for photos and to finish the tour together.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 9She was nice enough to take a few snaps of me at platform 9 & 3/4.


Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 10 Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 11Carts full of every flavored jelly beans, chocolate frogs, and the lot. A bit expensive, so be prepared.


Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 14Ron and Harry eating all their goodies on the Hogwart’s express, headed to school for the first time.

It was time for a butter beer and what better way to enjoy it then by walking outside to see the courtyard. They were even making snow for our Hogwarts in the Snow Experience.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 19The night bus.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 17There she is, the old privet drive.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 18& right next door is you can guess what, where you know who, first laid eyes on Harry Potter.

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PROP TIME

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 25These props were built with such intricate detail, I’m sure that the group of people who took so much time and effort making them can be very proud, especially now, having them on display for the world to see and they still look straight out of the films. It is a great reward t be able to bring your friends, family, and children, and show them all the things you worked on during the making of the movies.


Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 28 Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 29Eeeek! If you hate spider’s the way Ron does, don’t look up.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 67What’s next you ask? Why, Diagon Alley.

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Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 70So. Freaking. Cool.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 31Just look at all the intricate details in this place. I feel privileged to have walked through it. The designers have done a phenomenal job.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 48After Diagon alley you get to take a look at the architectural plans for some of the big set items, such as Hagrid’s house. Really exciting stuff.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 50& also, the room of miniatures. Where certain items start at a miniature scale and then move up in size, depending on what is needed for the movie.

Finally you get to a truly magnificent spectacle. A full scale replica of Hogwarts, used for all of the flyover moments in the movie. Since it was just about to be Christmas it was also #Hogwartsinthesnow!

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 51It literally takes your breath away when you walk into the room, even if you aren’t a Harry Potter fan (But seriously who isn’t), you will pause at the magnificence.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 52Jaw=dropped.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 53As you walk around the entire structure, the lights change colors to give you the blue effect with the snow. It was so beautiful.
Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 54 Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 55See what I mean?!

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 56If you haven’t gone for the Hogwarts in the Snow theme, then you simply must make it a to-do.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 57Even the bridge Harry runs across is there.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 58Where all of the first years get off the boats to walk up to the castle.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 59You can see Dumbledore’s office in this picture, that’s all I’m gonna say.

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 75 Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 76That’s right it gets even more blue!

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter World London 60Now’s the hard part, which wand fits your personality best?

Of course there’s a shop for gifts and Harry Potter paraphernalia. Savannah and I rode the train back into the city together at which point we went separate ways, she was on her way to Brighton and then America a day later, just in time for Christmas! I didn’t get back till after 23:00 so I stopped for some Indian food and rushed off to bed. Friends were coming the next morning and I had an early start to the day ahead of me.

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