Harry Potter Adventure...finally!

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone got their bellies nice and full and appreciated the time spent with their families.This was our first major holiday in the UK and since Thanksgiving isn't celebrated here it kinda felt like just another day. Since Van still has American holidays built into his schedule, we decided to take a little trip down to the London area. Van's goal of the trip was to make a stop by an indoor snow ski center to practice the T lift on his snowboard. And my goal??? Well, spend Thanksgiving with Harry Potter of course!

So I finally got my wish....a Harry Potter adventure at the Warner Brothers studio in Watford! It's hard to be an American living in England and not feel the Harry Potter vibe everywhere! Every neighborhood here could hold Privet Drive or one of the school children walking down the street (in Hogwarts-like uniforms) could be a friend of Harry's. Trust me, there is a Harry Potter vibe everywhere!

The tour was everything a Harry Potter fan dreams about. It took about 3 hours to get through the entire tour and it was really amazing. This studio is where the films were made for over 10 years, a home away from home for the actors. Here are a few (lots) pictures from the studio!

Harry's room under the stairs

The Great Hall

Character costumes in the Great Hall

Dumbledore's pulpit

Ice sculpture from the Yule Ball

Various wigs

Harry's dorm bed

Ron Weasley's bed

Gryffindor Common Room

Dumbledore's office-one of my favorites!

Dumbledore's memory keeper

Potion's classroom

Animal actors

Hagrid's hut

Scary masks!

He who must not be named!!

Hogwarts invitation
 The following outdoor photos are from the studio's backlot. They had fake snow falling all around and it was incredibly magical to sit and drink a famous butterbeer under the falling snow. The butterbeer was absolutely delicious...like a really thick cream soda. I will have to find a way to make it asap! Yum!

Privet Drive

Harry's childhood home based on homes from Lavenham

Chess pieces...just as big as I thought they would be

Diagon Alley

Hogwarts Model
 The Hogwarts model was used for all of the outside camera shots. The model took over 7 months to build and was designed and built by over 80 artists. The detail was incredible and the result is a very life-like structure in the movie.

The tour was so much fun! I definitely feel like I got a good Harry Potter "fix". This definitely was my most unique Thanksgiving experience, one that I'll never forget. Now time for a HP movie marathon!


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