The tickets for the tour itself are expensive and the studio itself can be a bit of a pain to get to but it will all be worthwhile in the end. Tickets cost £35 which roughly converts to about €45; don’t let this put you off, if you enjoyed Harry Potter in any way you will enjoy the tour. You can get to the tour by travelling to Watford junction train station and then getting a special Harry Potter bus from there straight to the studios and back again.
Once you’re there you will be able to explore the various real sets that made up all eight of the Harry Potter films. These include walking along Diagon Alley from Gringots Bank to Weasley’s Wizards Wheezes, taking your seat in the Great Hall, knocking on the door of number 4 Privet Drive and even taking a ride on the Hogwarts Express.
You will also get to see the props and costumes from the films, including everything that made up Dumbledore’s office, the various animals that made appearances throughout the series, famous costumes, wands, glasses, potions, I could go on.
The tour is also very interactive with tour guides dotted along the route to tell you about the various displays. You also have the opportunity to fly on a broom, have a wand duel and have professional photos taken with numerous sets and props throughout the tour.
One of the things I enjoyed most about the tour was the layout. As boring as it sounds it really did have an impact. Every time you turned a corner there was something new there to amaze you, turn a corner and suddenly you’re in Diagon Alley and around the next corner you’re standing looking at the Hogwarts Express. The best turning of the corner moment was the last one, when suddenly you’re standing in front of the most jaw-dropping model of Hogwarts, honestly it was breathtaking.
The tour guides suggest your tour will take about three hours but you can stay for as long as you like. My suggestion would be to go early enough in the day, there is so much to see and do that you won’t want to be rushing around to fit it all in.
Also bring some spending money. If you’re a bit of a Harry Potter fan, like me, then you’ll want to get something in the gift shop, souvenirs are expensive but it’s unlikely you’ll be making a second visit any time soon so you may as well bring home a memento. Unfortunately I went on the last day of my trip when funds were a bit low, I’m still regretting not buying a chocolate frog.