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“Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean it is not real?”
― J.K. Rowling,Β Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I appreciate that not everyone is a fan of Harry Potter, but whatever your opinion on the matter, the fact is that this is a story that captured the imagination of millions. If that is not inspiring enough on its own, consider the sheer scale of the film production, and the creative endeavour of a whole village of artists who brought this thrilling tale to life. And you can go behind the scenes and find out how the magic happened by visiting Warner Bros. Studio without even having to travel too far from central London! Want to come along?

I was eleven when I read the first book and so it almost feels like I grew up with the characters of the series, who started off in the story at the exact same age. It’s no surprise that getting to see how the beautiful world that J.K. Rowing created was brought to the screen was an absolute treat for me! So I’m willing to bet that even if you’re not the biggest fan, witnessing the magic of the Making of Harry Potter might just convert you!

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The studio shuttle reminiscent of the Knight Bus

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The huge chess pieces greet visitors at the entrance of the Studio

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The door to the Great Hall

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You can see much more detail (like those coats of arms) that you might have missed in the film

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The Gryffindor long table

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My friend Lidiya and I remembering reading the first book

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The Yule Ball costumes – proud moment for Bulgarians represented by Viktor Krum’s character πŸ™‚

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And the funniest costume of all, Snape in Mrs Longbottom’s outfit!

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The Gryffindor common room. So cosy! I’d love to lose myself in the pages of a book there.

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Sherbet lemon πŸ˜‰

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Dumbledore’s office was one of my favourite rooms.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
― J.K. Rowling,Β Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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I’m fairly certain that Potions would have been my favourite subject at Hogwarts…

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They had to create a working mechanism for the door to the Chamber

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The living room at the Weasley’, complete with all the enchanted objects from the film scenes

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Umbridge’s office was quite unnerving to look at

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The Forbidden Forest is a newly introduced area, and it’s awesome!

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There is even a mechanical Buckbeak!

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You can get on the Hogwarts express and get chills when the Dementors arrive…

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And have a few of Bertie Bot’s Every Flavour Beans while you wait…

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Despite the scale of some of the sets and the beautifully designed costumes and props, I was most impressed by the display cases with all the books, potion labels, newspapers and other forms of graphic art created for the film. They are all the work of MinaLima, a company of two incredibly talented artists who also have a shop in Soho.

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“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
― J.K. Rowling,Β Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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They built the whole house – you can go inside no. 4 Privet Drive.

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The Dursley’s living room and Harry’s Hogwarts letters

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The crazy kids in Hagrid’s motorbike

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And in Mr Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia…

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My other favourite part – walking down Diagon Alley!

Warning: the first time you walk into the next room, you might not be able to suppress a ‘Whoa!’ at the sight of Hogwarts Castle.

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β€œBut you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
― J.K. Rowling,Β Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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We left the tour with our very own Hogwarts letter, as a little reminder that you can be anything and you can achieve anything, if you only set your mind to it!

Thanks for reading and have a great week,

xx Niya

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