Right mums and dads if you have a child who loves Harry Potter then you have got to take them to the Harry Potter experience. It is as it should be absolutely magical. Whilst it is 20 miles outside of London there are loads of transport links including a shuttle bus from Watford Junction so it really is worth the effort. Oh and there’s a massive car park too if you want to drive. Your trip starts with a walk into the Great Hall where everything is set up for a banquet which even if you haven’t seen the movies is a pretty incredible place. You can then move on and have a look at the wigs worn by the real Dumbledore and real Malfoy and the real Snape. You can take a peak inside the Leaky Caldron and have a look at the Gryffindor boys’ dormitory. And find out why it’s built in the round. You can meet some of the animals who worked in the film, you can see how the special effects work. You can even have a ride on a broom. One of the highlights for the children I went with was to have a proper magic lesson with a real wand. And then you get to stop off for a butter beer when you’re really exhausted. It really is a brilliant day out. My tip to you is even if you know the movies inside out, you should invest in a digital guide. They start from £4.95 and they’re really worth it as they give you extra details that you probably never knew before. The whole thing will take you about two hours but you could spend all day there if you really wanted to. Tickets are quite pricey. It’s £30 for an adult, £23 for a child but the under 4s do go free. I personally think it’s worth the money for a very special treat. For all round magicly wizardiness of the Harry Potter experience I give it a massive mum rating of nine and three quarters.
If you say you’ve never heard of Harry Potter, I won’t believe you. But for fans of the boy wizzard, the Harry Potter studio tour is unmissable.
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The tour is organised into different sections: you can see all aspects of the set behind-the-scenes, from the model of the Hogwarts castle used in filming, to Privet Drive itself, where Harry’s journey began. Special events take place periodically throughout the year, such as ‘Wand Week’ which gives budding wizards and witches the chance to duel with a death eater.
Make sure you book well in advance as the tours are incredibly popular. Bring cash and make sure to charge your camera – there are a lot of photo-ops that you won’t want to miss!