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2015/03/21

WB Studio Tour London: Making Of Harry Potter

Hello again~
Today I take the time to blog about my visit to the Warner Bros Studios in London. I planned this trip since a really long time with my friend K. and we finally managed to book in february along with my roommate and best friend Caro. We spent about five days in London and on one we went to see the Studio Tour all together. I think it was my happiest day of the whole year.


Let's enter the Magical World!





(A stupid picture to start because I don't think I looked like usual on any picture taken that day. Either I pulled a derp face or I was smiling like an idiot.)

Okay I have a serious problem right now to write what's in my mind because all the memories come back and I would just write everything. I'll try to keep it short for you guys. 

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We arrived at around 11am if I remember right, because you're supposed to be there early enough to get your tickets and digital guides. We took the time we had, about an hour, to look around the shop. We entered on time, with a whole cue of other people and had to sit inside a movie theater room. I won't spoil too much but this, I have to tell you. So if you don't want to ruin your trip: skip this part until the coming picture. 
In this movie theater like room, a really nice staff guy welcomed us and said one thing which was really nice "Look at your neighbour next to you and say hi if you don't know each other. You all have one thing in common: you love Harry Potter!" Might not sound so great but in that moment I thought that he's right and no one inside would judge the other for geeking too much. The staff said "Okay now let's watch all 8 Harry Potter movies! See you tomorrow~" on to what everyone laughed. Of course it weren't the movies we got shown but a little Introduction to the studios, in which Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint talked about their experience in these Studios. (I'm shaking as I'm writing this ...) I don't remember everything but I remember that I began shaking and my heart was beating so fast. One of the last sentences which really touched me was "It was our home for 11 years". This simple and really short sentence made my eyes flush with tears. They entered the great hall in the movie through the doors and said we should come with them and enjoy our time. (I'm still shaking) The screen got pulled up and we were sitting right in front of the doors of the Great Hall. I still wonder how I managed not to cry but the 3 of us were shaking and hugging each other in complete happiness and went inside nearly as the last people. From there on the whole visit was an emotional rollercoaster for me but it was so worth it!

let's enter the Magical World!
The studios were really nicely set up and you went throug different parts of the castle. First were the booths with the staff and the make-up artists to show who and how the magic was made. It was also really nice to have the Digital Guide on which Tom Felton tells you about each stop and includes personal views too. I'm just going to let the pictures speak for themselves now. I won't post that many pictures, because I took way too many, I'll just show you my favorites. Some of the pictures of myself are taken by Caro, thanks again!


 Part of the costumes in th Great Hall. I am so sorry that I can't show you more pictures. I was still shaking like crazy and most of my pictures came out blurry. And we had to get out for the next group way too early, so I couldn't wait a bit until I could calm down.





decoration from the Christmas Ball


Griffindor's common room with the outfits of Hermione, Harry and Ron from the 3rd movie



the Leaky Cauldron's corridor



This is one of the many set-up's you wouldn't think they are made that way. This was a quite small Installation of wood, no corridor to walk in. I took the picture as if you would be standing inside :3 


the Chamber of Secrets


It was a pity that you couldn't explore the whole office. There were so many details in it I would love to see up close. But with the Digital Guide, you get pictures from the Telescope up in the office.




A part of the requisits I loved was the Ministry of Magic! I so wanted to see the fireplaces and buidlings they used. They only showed a really small part but it was so exciting. On the guide they said that the Ministry was the biggest set they ever did without using much CGI. Tom Felton also said he remembers walking on the set and it took his breath away at first because it was so huge and amazingly beautiful.

 

 The fireplaces and some costumes on the left and on the right the frightening sculpture.
Of course not far away from these was Umbridge's office. "Shades of Pink" was the title. 
What better description?


After the Ministry of Magic you could walk into an area with drinks and foods to take a break. No we didn't drink a butter bear because we were afraid to spend too much money on something that's supposed to taste weird. We directly went outside to see some othe requisites.


full view of the Knight Bus

 We took the time to take some pictures of us standing in front of the different spots outside.
Here's weird looking me 8D


Aaaaaand acting Caro and me sitting on Hagrid's bike 8D 


Inside again we came to the Creature Shop. 
So terrifying but some were really interesting to see how they managed to make them. 





I personally just posted this picture because of Dobby xD 
It's so funny how he looks at you from behind the books~

Next stop: Diagon Alley!
This was also one spot where I nearly cried. 
And I decided: I will go to Orlando to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!


A part of the Tour I really liked was the Art Work corridor and the rooms full of the modelmaking for all the CGI effects and more complicated locations such as the Burrow or the Hogwarts Castle. Just amazing to see! There was also a room filled with schemes and scribbles for the different creatures and places. Most people quickly went through that room, but I took the time with my friends to look at some details. Guess we have to as ongoing graphic designers 8D"

Here's a picture of my favorite artist who worked for the movies; Rob Bliss.
His artworks are exactly my taste and I still have a picture of a Death Eater mask as Lock Screen on my iPhone. I would have bought a print if they had one.



 There was only one part left after this. Emotional moment here I come again,
last but not least: the Hogwarts Castle




 It's huge! As you can see with the people on the right. The light changed to simulate the different times of a day, so nice. None of us wanted to leave... 

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I don't really know what to say now. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope I could make some of you Harry Potter fans happy. Please take your time and save some money to go see the studios if you really love Harry Potter! It's definitly worth it. We spent 6 hours inside, shop and tour all together. And you know what? I want to go again and I probably will.

Do you love Harry Potter too? Please let me know~
♡ xoxo ♡

6 comments:

  1. I love this post and all the pictures you took !
    I used to be a huge Harry Potter fan, not so much anymore. However I'd still really love to visit the WB studio one day <3

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  2. Thank you so much! :3
    If you loved it, you really have to go see the Studio Tour :) All the memories~

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  3. Schööööner post ^^ Bring Erinnerungen zurück <3 (war 2013 da....schon wieder so lange her -.-°)
    Aber du hast die Gelegenheit Butterbier zu trinken, nicht wahrgenommen .... ??? Bei mir war damals die Bude geschlossen... ich hätte es auf jeden Fall probiert!
    whatever~ bye bye ^o^

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  4. Danke~ :D Dann fahr wieder hin ;D hahaha
    Nee das sah so subtil aus für uns und Kukki meinte das schmeckt nicht xD

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  5. Ich war vor kurzem erst in Köln in der Harry Potter Ausstellung, die leider viel zu kurz war ><
    Und jetzt will ich unbedingt nach London wegen deinem Post ;A;
    Es sieht echt gut aus und es ist schön, dass es dir so sehr gefallen hat ;w;

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  6. Ich fand die Ausstellung zwar auch recht klein aber total schön weil man sich alles so genau anschauen konnte von den kleinen Dingen. Das ging leider nicht in den Studios. Aber du musst wirklich mal nach London! Es ist einfach so schön dort :3

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