Fangirling At The Harry Potter Studios In London – In Photos

* This post had been scheduled prior to Alan Rickman’s tragic passing. Let’s make this the time to remember his touching and deep portrayal of Severus Snape. Always. ♥

I remember counting the minutes left until closing time on my cash register. You know how time always seems to go by infinitely more slowly when you’re eagerly waiting for something? Well, that 5-hour shift felt like an entire week. You see, I was working in a bookstore back in 2003 and we had gotten our very first copies of Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix.  I was unreasonably excited to get home, curl up in bed with a cuppa, and spend the entire night reading what I presumed would be yet another brilliant piece of wizardry literature.

That was over 12 years ago, and I vividly remember the goosebumps on my forearms and my rapidly beating heart as I leafed through the fifth novel of the Hatty Potter series (one that I would read many more times in the following years). The sun had long made its appearance when I finally put the heavy hardback down the next morning, not in the least bit tired of not having slept, but instead exhilarated and already excited about the next book.

Naturally, I beelined for the Harry Potter Studios when I last visited London and I didn’t care how much of a nerd that made me. You can tell by watching the movies how much thought was put into details and how precise J.K. Rowling’s storylines are; you can also tell that they used advanced technology to bring dragons and talking dogs and basilisks to life. I was intrigued by all of that.

How, exactly, do you do justice to such an imaginative, unrealistic yet incredibly relatable story? I don’t want to reveal any secrets or take away the fun parts of the visit so I won’t be writing about the specifics of what I’ve learned. But I will say this: this is definitely one of the highlights of my life.

Is the hefty pricetag it worth it? See for yourself.

Harry Potter Studios in London – In Photos


Harry Potter Studios

This is what you see while waiting in line to get into the Great Hall – it only gets better!

Harry Potter StudiosThe Great Hall and its many details

Harry Potter StudiosHarry Potter StudiosHarry Potter Studios Harry Potter StudiosFun fact: they had to make the beds longer and longer as the actors grew up throughout the series.

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Harry Potter StudiosHarry Potter StudiosThe Weasley’s Burrow!

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Harry Potter Studios Harry Potter StudiosButterbeer kind of tastes like cream soda.

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Harry Potter StudiosPrivet Drive and the Dursley’s house

Harry Potter StudiosGodric’s Hollow

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harry potter in londonDiagon Alley

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Harry Potter StudiosHogwart’s Express

Harry Potter StudiosOlivander’s

Harry Potter Studios in London – Good To Know

  • Although you are free to explore the main studios for as long as you like, you don’t have that much free time in the Great Hall before the staff ushers you into the next room (which is unfortunate, because it’s one of the best parts!). So if you’re adamant on getting good photos of that now legendary room, you’ll have to be quick!
  • You have no idea how amazing the special & visual effects area is. The methods used and the ingeniosity of these guys is simply mindblowing!
  • Tickets cost £35 per person. You need to book online in advance in order to pick a time and date. Don’t be late!
  • I visited the Harry Potter studios as part of a tour group, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The transfer from central London isn’t an absolute necessity; Watford Junction station really isn’t that far from the studio and there’s a regular shuttle from there that costs just £2.50 return. Moreover, going there with a group means you have to stick to a strict 4-hour visit, which, in hindsight, was much too short. I had to speed through the last hour to make sure I didn’t miss anything! The studio visit is expensive enough as it is, don’t burden yourself with a superfluous shuttle on top of that if you’re on a budget.

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19 Comments on Fangirling At The Harry Potter Studios In London – In Photos

  1. Amanda
    January 15, 2016 at 10:54 am (3 years ago)

    I LOVED the studio tour so much! It’s definitely something I can see myself doing again sometime, since I visited a few years ago.

    If you’re a huge Harry Potter fan, the next thing to check off your list is a visit to Universal in Florida to go to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade!!

    • Marie-Eve
      January 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m terrified of rides, that’s my problem! I should probably go just to see everything but I wouldn’t be able to participate in anything that either goes fast, backwards, or sideways, LOL.

      • Casey
        February 28, 2016 at 7:20 pm (3 years ago)

        I’m exactly the same way… no rides for me. I’d rather die. BUT harry potter world at Universal is my favorite place I’ve ever been. I spent the WHOLE day just wondering around, pretending I was a first year at Hogwarts. And now that they’ve opened the second part of the park we’re going back!

        Can’t wait to visit the studios in London this summer…Thanks for the post!!

      • Marie-Eve
        February 29, 2016 at 8:23 am (3 years ago)

        You’ll have a grand time at the studios! If you’re a die-hard fan plan to spend the entire day there.

  2. Viktoria
    January 15, 2016 at 4:33 pm (3 years ago)

    As a fellow Harry Potter lover…this kind of just blew my mind!

    • Marie-Eve
      January 18, 2016 at 5:03 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s such an amazing place!

  3. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    January 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Love love loveeeee this place! I’ve been twice and I’m excited to return again soon because the Hogwarts Express wasn’t there on my previous visits! Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing.

    Happy travels :)

    • Marie-Eve
      January 24, 2016 at 6:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Ohhhh Hogwarts Express is amazing! Here’s hoping to a next visit very soon!

  4. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    February 2, 2016 at 6:10 pm (3 years ago)

    That place looks like heaven for Harry Potter fanatics. Also, great information and recommendations for visitors

    • Marie-Eve
      February 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Mary! It was a dream come true to visit the studios.

  5. Magali
    September 11, 2016 at 10:24 am (2 years ago)

    Loved the visit there. My only regret/extra advice : if you like something in the Hogward express shop, buy it there, the t-shirts in the main shop are not the same… I really wish I had known this and bought a 9 3/4 t-shirt.

    • Marie-Eve
      September 13, 2016 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

      That’s good to know, thanks!

  6. Ana
    July 10, 2017 at 11:12 am (2 years ago)

    This post brings me back so many memories! Visiting the Harry Potter Studios was one of the best trips I’ve ever had!

    • Marie-Eve
      August 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

      I bet it was!

  7. Kathryn
    December 6, 2017 at 10:36 am (1 year ago)

    Old Memories revisited with this beautiful article. Thanks a ton.

    • Marie-Eve
      February 19, 2018 at 10:54 pm (12 months ago)

      Glad it brought back positive memories!


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