One of the best local attractions in Hertfordshire is The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, its literally ten minutes down the road from us in Leavesdon but people travel from a long way to visit because frankly, its awesome.
From the minute you arrive at the sound studios you are transported into the world of Harry Potter and even if you are not a big fan of the books you’ll find something to enjoy. We loved the moment when the cinema screen lifts up to reveal the doors to The Great Hall, when you walk through those doors you are literally in The Great Hall.
We were lucky enough to get a flavour of the Sweets and Treat feature on a special family opening where we got to meet some of the prop department who made those amazing sugary treats and cakes. The Great Hall was laid out with the most amazing gateaux and pudding and it was our challenge to decide which ones were real and which ones fake. This was incredibly difficult because the Prop Department was so skilled in making cakes out of intricately painted resin.
During the opening we got a chance to taste the Butterbeer ice-cream which will be available to purchase in the Studio Tours new backlot cafe. I have to say, we all thought it was delicious. We also tried some Butterbeer, which although worth trying we had mixed feelings about!
One of the things which the Studio Tour does so well is to explain how the films were made whilst retaining the magic of the. For me, one of the best parts of the tour is the section dealing with the animatronics. For the Sweets and Treats feature, various sets will be redisplayed with the various sweets and cakes from the films and visitors will be able to learn how they were made. It will be a brilliant addition to the tour!
The Making of Harry Potter is a really brilliant day out for Harry Potter fans and for anyone interested in movie making. In terms of suitability my three year old enjoyed it and took something different from it to the older children and I felt it was still worthwhile taking him along. The children were certainly inspired to make their own little movies and do some drawings when they got home which is always a good sign.
One of the best things about the tour is that it is a brilliant place to take photographs. If you’ve ever wondered what its like to walk down Diagon Alley then you have the chance to do so and take a picture to remember the experience.
One of the new additions to the Tour is The Hogwarts Express, I have to say it was quite mind-blowing to see this as we hadn’t seen it before and it was amazing to walk though the carriages and work out which ones belonged to which characters.
The Studio Tour’s Sweets and Treats feature will run from Monday 20th July – Sunday 6th September. Its a very popular attraction and tickets must be pre-booked from www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or by calling the Studio Tour’s Visitor Services Team at 0845 0840900