Exploring the world of Witchcraft and Wizardry

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Hi all! So, today was the big day! I went to the Warner Brothers set of Harry Potter! I was alone (sad face), and felt ridiculous as a huge smile spread across my face as I stepped out of the bus and saw the building.
I had to take the metro and the overground train and a bus to get there, but I made it!
But enough about me, take a look at some of the photos I took today!
(the lighting was horrible sometimes so the pictures may not be amazing)

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Where it all began! Harry’s cupboard room under the stairs! It’s the actual set! Harry Potter slept in that bed! Ok, so it was Daniel Radcliffe and he didn’t actually sleep but the point is that these are actual sets from the movie! Oh my GOODNESS!
Next they took us into a theatre room where they showed a short film-clip with Ron, Harry and Hermione. Then, as they left the screen through a massive door, the screen lifted and that exact door was there! We all got up and walked to the entrance area, and behind the doors was…

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The Great Hall!

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It was massive! The only things missing was the ceiling showing the night sky and the floating candles. But still, it was awesome! Gave my Harry Potter – obsessed spirit a flutter!
Next:

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Oh, and the Entrance to the Griffon Stairwell is huge!

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Snape’s potions classroom was eerie and dark and the spoons in the potions stirred the pots all by themselves, it was like…magic.

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Check out the horcrux–Tom Riddle’s Diary–and it’s demise, the basilisk fang!

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And who could forget the Remembrall (tee hee, get it?) or the Time Turner and the all-important Golden Snitch!?

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I also got up-close to the clock of the clock tower!

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Despite lacking the proper passwords, I snuck past the sleeping portraits and got a glimpse of Dumbledore’s office…

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Then I snuck out of the castle with my invisibility cloak and visited Hagrid’s Hut!

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Then it was time to venture into the Chamber of Secrets…

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I saw Hagrid’s very loud motorcycle…

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…then visited the Weasley’s at The Burrow.

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I then visited the Ministry of Magic and saw all of the propaganda written by Rita Skeeter in the Daily Prophet!

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And yes, above is the actual Marauder’s Map used in the movies! Someone forgot to say ‘Mischief Managed’ the last time it was used…

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Butterbeer Time!
It tasted like warm butterscotch. I’m pretty sure it’s actual butter foamed on top, but I had to try it. Personally I think they could have come up with something a bit more creative…sorry Warner brothers! Oh, I did get to keep the souvenir cup!

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Tom Riddle’s grave…spooky!
Then a few more famous props: the flying car and the quiet house of number four private drive.

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Next it was time to go behind the scenes of props and makeup!

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Next it was time for Diagon Alley!

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Then we walked through a gallery of paintings/drawings by people who came up with the visual world of Harry Potter. Just by reading J.K. Rowling’s words they imagined the entire world of Harry Potter: character features, costumes, buildings, trains, cars, fight scenes–everything!

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Now we’ve come to my favourite part of the entire tour! The Hogwarts Castle. It is not only a model, but the model that was used in filming! Honestly, how do I get into film making, because it is amazing what they do! Eight weeks to build this massive model!

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Then a quick stop in the wand shop before heading into the ridiculously over-priced, and very cheesy, gift-shop.

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£9 for a small bag of jelly bellies! Ludicrous!
Anyways, that was my tour through Harry Potter! My recommendation: get the audio guide! I didn’t, but I saw people walking with it (aka bumping into me constantly and standing in the way) and there seemed to be a lot more on there than what they offer just walking around.
Ps got a group pic of the MacBackpackers Scotland Tour! Check it out!

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7 thoughts on “Exploring the world of Witchcraft and Wizardry

  1. Pingback: Whatever Happened to Tom Riddle to Change His Personality? by SuperSaiyanStar | The Blog That Made No Sense

  2. Hello! Would you mind if I used your photo of Tom Riddle Sr.’s grave as a reference for a painting I’m doing? Thank you for your time!

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