Monday, April 04, 2016

London - The Harry Potter Experience

I'm a big Harry Potter Fan for quite a while now, so when Warner Brothers opened 'The Making of Harry Potter' a couple of years back, I naturally wanted to go and see it. My nephew was willing to go with me (always good to have a kid with you, so you don't look too weird).
After a short introduction movie, the doors open to the great hall. Set tables are on either side and behind the teachers' tables are the glasses for the house points.
 Among floating candles, Dumbledore is welcoming the muggle tourists.
The next big room is full with costumes and some of the smaller sets, like the boys dormitory, Hagrid's hut, Dumbledore's office, the Weasley's kitchen (including self cleaning pots and pans, and the magical knitting blanket).
Behind that room is platform 9 3/4 with the waiting Hogwarts Express.

There's an open to the sky set with Number 4 Privet Drive, Knight Bus and a cover bridge (which is were we enjoyed a cone with Butterbeer Icecream)
The last three rooms are for Diagonal Alley, the special effect / creature shop, and finally a huge model of Hogwarts.
Sadly (or maybe luckily) we ran out of time, and I hadn't much chance to look at everything in the souvenir shop.
The visit and the tickets are not exactly cheap, but I enjoyed it still a lot, and could have done another hour at least (we had about three).

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