If you are a fan of the Harry Potter films, you definitely want to make a trip to the Harry Potter Experience at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden.
The organisation of the whole event is impressive, especially when you see just how many people are wandering around the studios at one time.
We arrived on a cold and wet Sunday morning – an hour before our tour time – to make sure there were no problems and grab a bit of breakfast.
There is a large cafe inside, which has a selection of hot and cold, drinks and food. All around you are images and props from the film. You’ll want to make sure your camera is fully charged and there is plenty of space on your memory card – I took around 200 pictures!
Queuing up next to the ‘Cupboard under the stairs’ before heading into the first set of videos – which gives you an idea of where Harry Potter started and how it has grown all around the World. Then you move into the cinema, where another film gives you some behind the scenes clips and info.
The studio is split into three sections – Lot One; which includes the Great Hall, pictures in front of the green screen (worth doing, even if you don’t buy the pictures afterwards) and the majority of the sets.
Lot Two is outside (with a covered walkway) which is where you’ll find things like the house, the knight bus and of course where you can buy some Butter Beer. Which tasted like beer and cream soda (I love Cream Soda so I could have drunk barrels of the stuff)
Lot Three, which is back inside and has the ‘creature workshop’, Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and all the wands.
Your tour finishes in the impressive gift shop – which probably wasn’t as expensive as it could have been and included some excellent pieces, that you can’t get anywhere else.
All in all we spent four and a half hours at the Harry Potter Experience and I loved every minute of it. It is fascinating to see all the sets, the staff are all very cheerful and actually seem to enjoy their jobs. The members of our party ranged in age from 8 to 55 and we all loved it. We agreed that the £29 adult ticket price and £21.50 child price (despite our original hesitation) was absolutely worth it.