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!!
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!
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.
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:
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.
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:
Props and costumes from the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
If only this was real and we could eat the yummy-looking food!
Each unique wand used by the cast!
Sadly no one is allowed to sit on these comfy chairs in the Gryffindor Common Room.
The detail is amazing!
These sets of the Ministry of Magic were truly beautiful in person.
I have to admit, this was my favorite room, even if it does “belong” to Professor Umbridge.
You also get to go outside and see some of the bigger sets and props!
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!
A trip to the Harry Potter set wouldn’t be compete without walking through the fantastically-detailed Diagon Alley!
The last room in the tour houses a smaller-scale replica of Hogwart’s Castle. Again, the detail is astounding!
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!
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!