Whether you’re a child or an adult, I bet you can all say you have some sort of relationship with Harry Potter. Maybe it was the first book you became hooked on as a kid, or maybe it’s a family ritual to sit down and watch them all in order every Christmas! Mine? It was one of the first films I can actually remember seeing at the pictures (cinema). That and the first Shrek film.
I was 10 years old at the time. Like most kids, I was instantly hooked on the world and lives of Harry, Hermione and Ron. I’ve followed their journeys and lives through all the films, and yes like most people, I shed a little tear at the last scene of Deathly Hallows when we see them all grown up (how could you not!?). For kids my age, we grew up with Harry Potter and as they went through the struggles of becoming teenagers, first kisses and fighting evil wizards who had vowed to kill us, so did we! Well, apart from the evil wizard bit…
And this is why the Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making Of Harry Potter, is such an amazing place. I’m sure many of you have already heard of it, and I have no doubt many of you have already enjoyed the magic there! But, did you know that yesterday, they revealed a new permanent feature devoted purely to the Dark Arts? Oh yes.
Now, as well as wandering around the world of Potter through places like Diagon Alley, Privet Drive and the Gryffindor common room, you can also explore the dark side of the story including spotting some Horcruxes, visiting the office of Dolores Umbridge at the Ministry of Magic and even the headquarters of Lord Voldemort himself! If you dare that is.
It gets better. You know the scene where the Muggle Studies teacher, Charity Burbage, gets captured by Voldemort and is suspended above the table! Well this is brought to life on the set, while a life-like model of Nagini (Voldemort’s snake) sits on the table!
Oh and all through half-term, there are a few extra Halloween themed treats for visitors. I won’t share too much about these because that ruins part of the surprise (beware of the Death Eaters!). As well as enjoying all of the things that make the visit so amazing, like having a go at riding a broomstick, trying some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and getting your own wand!
For those of us who grew up with the magic of Harry Potter, and even those like my younger brother (who was born around the time of the Goblet of Fire), who have now been introduced to the magic, this is such an incredible opportunity to have a insight into the world of HP. I’m already planning our visit to the studios! And lucky for me, it’s an easy trip from London.
Enjoy and get your wands at the ready! You never know when you might run into a Death Eater!