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Let's visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter!

Harry Potter London Tour Double-Decker Bus with Harry Potter Design

For fans of the books and films, there’s no better and unique place to visit than Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. I’ve been to this studio tour twice, once when it first opened in 2012 and once again in 2016, and both visits were absolutely magical! There’s so much to see for both kids and adults, even if you’re not a fan of the series.

Located about an hour away from London in Leavesden, there are various ways to get here, including public transportation. However, for convenience and ease of mind, I recommend booking a tour. This usually includes both tickets to the tour and round-trip travel by coach. Both visits I booked my trip with Golden Tours and I highly recommend them! They were prompt, professional, and you get to ride on a double-decker bus that looks like this!!

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Plus, they played the first Harry Potter movie during the ride there and back 🙂

After arriving to the studio, the bus lets guests off a very short walk from the entrance to the studio tour. You can’t miss the entrance!

Harry Potter London Tour Double-Decker Bus with Harry Potter Design

Tip: You can’t buy your tickets the day of your visit, so you have you purchase them in advance

Even when you buy your tickets in advance, you have to buy them for a certain time, so if you are early, expect to wait in a line. Don’t worry, the line moves fast, and those who have tickets for the next timed-entry will be allowed to move ahead of the line.

Harry Potter London Tour Lobby with Photographs of Cast

Tip: Make sure to get a free Harry Potter Studio Tour passport! Different sections on the tour have special stamp machines where you can stamp each page of the passport. 

While waiting in line, you can see props from the movie sets. One of the first is the cupboard under the stairs where Harry lived in Privet Drive:

Harry Potter London Tour The Cupboard Under the Stairs

Once you get through the line, you find yourself in a theatre. This is one of my favorite parts of the tour. I won’t spoil it for you, but they show you a short film created just for the tour.

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After that, you’re free to explore all the sets and props from the movies at your own pace.

A few of my favorite parts of the tour

Costumes displayed in the Great Hall:

Harry Potter London Tour Great Hall, Dumbledore Costumes and Podium

Harry Potter London Tour Great Hall and Professors' Costumes

Harry Potter London Tour Great Hall and Costumes

Props and costumes from the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

Harry Potter London Tour Yule Ball Ice Sculpture and Costumes

If only this was real and we could eat the yummy-looking food!

Harry Potter London Tour Yule Ball Ice Sculpture

Harry Potter London Tour Yule Ball Desserts & Food

Harry Potter London Tour Yule Ball Costumes

Harry Potter London Tour Gryffindor Males' Bedroom

Each unique wand used by the cast!

Harry Potter London Tour All Wands Used by Main Characters

Harry Potter London Tour Giant Clock

Harry Potter London Tour Gryffindor Lounge with Harry Potter Costumes

Sadly no one is allowed to sit on these comfy chairs in the Gryffindor Common Room.

Harry Potter London Tour Gryffindor Lounge

Harry Potter London Tour Harry Potter Ron Weasley Hermione Granger Costumes

Harry Potter London Tour Entrance to Dumbledore's Office

Harry Potter London Tour Dumbledore's Office

The detail is amazing!

Harry Potter London Tour Items in Dumbledore's Cabinets

Harry Potter London Tour Pensieve Memories

Harry Potter London Tour The Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter London Tour Dark Arts Classroom

Harry Potter London Tour Dark Arts Classroom

Harry Potter London Tour Dark Arts Ingredients

Harry Potter London Tour Frames Greenscreen

Harry Potter London Tour Flying Broomstick

 

Harry Potter London Tour Weasley Clock
The Weasley’s Unique Clock

These sets of the Ministry of Magic were truly beautiful in person.

Harry Potter London Tour Ministry of Magic Fireplace

Harry Potter London Tour Ministry of Magic

Harry Potter London Tour Umbridge Costumes

I have to admit, this was my favorite room, even if it does “belong” to Professor Umbridge.

Harry Potter London Tour Umbridge Office

Paris in Boston Harry Potter London Tour Umbridge Office

Harry Potter Tour London Ministry of Magic

Harry Potter Tour Graphic Design Props Used

Harry Potter London Tour Graphc Design Props

You also get to go outside and see some of the bigger sets and props!

Harry Potter London Tour Knight Bus

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Harry Potter London Tour 4 Privet Drive

When I went in 2016, the tour included the inside of 4 Privet Drive, and they set-up the scene where all of Harry’s letter were flying in the air! Another one of my favorite parts of the tour!

Harry Potter London Tour Acceptance Letter to Hogwards Flying Letters scene

Harry Potter London Tour Hogwarts Bridge

Harry Potter London Tour Hogwarts Bridge outdoor sets

Harry Potter London Tour Buckbeak

A trip to the Harry Potter set wouldn’t be compete without walking through the fantastically-detailed Diagon Alley!

Harry Potter London Tour Diagon Alley Gringotts

Harry Potter London Tour Diagon Alley Gringotts

Harry Potter London Tour Diagon Alley

Harry Potter London Tour Diagon Alley

Harry Potter London Tour Diagon Alley

Harry Potter London Tour Diagon Alley

The last room in the tour houses a smaller-scale replica of Hogwart’s Castle. Again, the detail is astounding!

Harry Potter London Tour Hogwarts Castle Model Display

Harry Potter London Tour Hogwarts Castle Model Display

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At the end of the tour you can see the set with all the boxes of wands – it’s like the magical equivalent of the library in the Beast’s castle in Beauty & the Beast!

Harry Potter London Tour Hogwarts Wand Shop Ollivanders

Tip: If you’re traveling with kids, maybe try to avoid the gift shop. It might be difficult to do since the end of the tour takes you directly to it, but at least you can say you have to leave or you’ll miss the bus! The gift shop is a destination unto itself with so many movie replicas to buy. Although, if you have some free time before your bus leaves, it’s a good way to pass the time. There’s also a cafe if you’re hungry!

As a huge fan of first the books, and then the movies, I loved this tour and highly recommend it. There’s so much to see that it doesn’t matter if you take the tour once or five times, there’s always something new to discover.

I haven’t been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and really have no interest in going, which I know might be surprising since I love visiting Walt Disney World and Disneyland so much. I think the difference is that the tour includes props and sets actually used in the movie, and that gives it extra magic. There’s something special about being in the studio IN the UK where the films were actually shot!

Have you been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter? What was your favorite part? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!

Merci!