WB Tour London (Harry Potter)

Harry Potter is without doubt the most well known series of children’s books in the world and the 8 films from the books became instant classics loved by audiences of all ages. The films were completed in 2010, taking 10 years to complete and Involving many sets and 100,000s of props. What could Warner Brothers do with everything left over from this magnificent production? Well, they decided to turn the film studios used into a tour for the world to see!

I was delighted to recently visit the Harry Potter tour, just outside humble Watford in the UK. The first thing that strikes you is the size and immense detail of the many props on display, every one of them of which were actually used in the film. When you first hear a film like ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ costs US$250m, you think how on earth can you spend this amount of money? But the tour shows you the detail that went into making the films, in a way any watcher of the films can not appreciate. It would take a few months to properly look at and appreciate every item on display.

 

Overall, this is somewhere any Harry Potter fan should visit, and no one will be disappointed. It is a whole day out that has to be seen to be believed.
WB Tour London (Harry Potter)

I am not going to give too much away but you can be reassured you will be immersed into the world of Harry, Ron and Hermione, and be wowed at every corner as you see many things for real right in front of you. There is an opportunity to be filmed flying your own broomstick, in Hogwarts robes. In the back-lot café, you can purchase butterbeer, one of 3 places in the world to do so, which is like a very creamy cream soda, the tinned kind.

An interesting part of the tour is the gift shop. You can purchase a wide mixture of traditional souvenirs with an amazing wide range of authentic ‘inworld’ merchandise, which is testament to the detail created by J K Rowling. I purchased a Grifyndor Quiddith Shirt (like a Rugby shirt), which any self-respecting Grifyndor fan would wear!

 

WB Tour London (Harry Potter)
Editorial Rating:
3.5 out of 5

 

The accessibility is reasonable. There is a bus from Watford Junction to the attraction which is wheelchair accessible, and the tour itself is mostly wheelchair accessible. Some of the small attractions, like the Hogwarts Express, has steps to them, and no real effort was made to accommodate alternative solutions. Also, Diagon Alley is on a steep slope with a stony floor, making it hard to push a wheelchair on. I know I should really take up my concerns with the Minister for Magic, but they will probably reply that I could use a hovering spell!

 

Overall, this is somewhere any Harry Potter fan should visit, and no one will be disappointed. It is a whole day out that has to be seen to be believed.

 

Entertainment 5/5

Accessibility 3.5/5

Value for Money 5/5

 

Overall 3.5/5

 

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Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner_Bros._Studios,_Leavesden