Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The Making of Harry Potter // Part 1

As most of you regular readers and social media friends will know, on the 15th of December I finallllly, after years of waiting, got to visit my childhood/teen years/adult life in a building - The Warner Brothers Studio Tour! 
Mam and I made the long trip down to London to celebrate her 60th birthday by seeing the Lion King  Musical (a post will be coming soon) and visiting the afor mentioned tour. What with it being such a long way away from where we live and the sheer cost of a trip like that, I knew I probably won't return and so obviously took too many photos. 
Therefore there will be quite a few posts and will have a lot of detail - spoiler alert, if you plan to go and don't want anything ruined please don't read these posts. They are to document my trip for me to look back on as well as share with friends and family. 

I'll keep this one short and sweet as I think the last photo makes a good cliff hanger haha. But above you can see the outside of the tour, complete with three of the giant chess pieces from Philosophers Stone, the lobby area where you have access to the cafe, shop and queuing area and some of the fab little details you get to spy before even entering the real tour.
If you have been before you may remember the guide asking for anyone with birthdays to step forward. Of course I knew what this was for and as it was my gift to my Mam as well as it being the day after her big day I pushed her forward and she got to open the doors to the great hall!!
Until next time...mischief managed! ;)


38 comments:

  1. I went three years ago for my 21st birthday and I am DYING to go back! It sounded like the perfect weekend - London, The Lion King and Harry Potter <3

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    1. Ah what a great thing to do for your 21st! :)
      Well the Lion King and Harry Potter were fun but I'm not a London fan unfortunatly haha :P

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  2. I went last summer and I LOVED it. I literally ran around like a child getting way too overexcited for the whole day 😂 Looking at your photos is making me desperate to go again!

    Sian xo
    sian-kathrine.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha, how could you not do that?! ;) I cried a lot and walked around with my mouth open lol

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  3. Omg!! I sooooo want to go there too. I have made myself the promise that the next time I visit London, I HAVE to go there. So jealous!!

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    1. Yes, it's a must whenever you're within reach! I don't know how Potter fans who live nearby don't spend all their time there haha

      xo

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  4. I'm so very jealous, it ALREADY looks incredible.
    And how adorable is your ma? Love that last picture.
    M x

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    1. This is literally nothing, wait for the next 7 zillion posts lol.
      I was SO excited that she got to open the doors. More so even than if I had done it because I got to see it from further back.

      xo

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  5. Reading this has really made me want to go back here. I went a few years ago and I know they've added so much more to it. Plus, I really have no excuse as it's like a half hour drive from me haha. xx

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    1. Oh you SO have no excuse being so close haha! :P Get yourself there next time you have a special day to celebrate or something. The Hogwarts Express is fab, I cried when I walked into that room too.

      xo

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  6. I went when it very first opened, I think it was within the first few weeks (the perks of living in London at the time!). I was so impressed and surprised at how good it is. I think they've added quite a few extra bits since my visit!

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    1. Oh you're so lucky! I've wanted to go since then but Berwick to London is a heck of a journey and pretty expensive, so glad I finally made it.
      It'd probably be worth another look if you haven't been since as there is a lot more awesome stuff!

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  7. Oh my goodness, I am SO excited to read this series of posts, Danielle! I know you'll have taken so many fantastic photographs. I loved the tour - I could honestly visit again and again if it was closer. It's so incredible to see the sets and props up close, as well as getting to discover so many wonderful, little details which only flashed up on screen for seconds.

    x

    p.s. I love that your mum got to help open the doors to the Great Hall - that's so sweet! I also love her jumper ;)

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    1. Aw thank you Charlene. I have seriously taken enough photos to keep me going with posts for ages. I don't know if I'd go again unless there was some major things added or changed as I did manage to spend a good 6 hours exploring everything.

      Aw me too - thank you :) I have the same jumper too haha

      xo

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  8. This place looks so incredible...I hope I get to visit one day! Looking forward to part 2!

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    1. It really is! I'm sure you will :) Thank you! Part 2 of mannnnyy haha!

      xo

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  9. Danielle, I always love visiting your blog, it's like entering somewhere magical. The pics are stunning, I want to go so badly.

    Sarah | sarahinwonderland.co.uk <3

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    1. Ah Sarah!!! What a lush comment - thank you so much!
      I hope you get to go soon, it's more than I ever thought it'd be.

      xo

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  10. Oh my gosh, this is amazing! You must have been so excited Danielle! I'm so glad you got to go. I love seeing the props and the bits and pieces that went into bringing it to life, just so cool! So sweet that your Mum got to open the doors too! - Tasha

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    1. I was pretty excited haha...and cried a lot!! Thank you :) It was nice to finally make it after so many years. I have SO many photos you have no idea lol

      xo

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  11. I've been WAYYY too excited for these posts to start!!! Your pictures are gorgeous of the chess pieces!! Those suckers are HUGE! One day I will go there and/or Diagon Alley at Disney World!

    Megz :)

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    1. Ah Meghan! Thank you :) There are sooo many more photos to come haha!
      I hope you get to do the one in Florida so you cam share your photos for me to see! haha

      xo

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  12. I got goosebumps when seeing these pictures. Everything looks so real and magical Danielle. LOVE IT! So cool how your mom got to open the door :D those little things make great memories!
    Jaseyjade xo

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    1. <3 There is so much more to share Jade - you will love it! It was a fantastic memory to have too, especially as it was for a special birthday :)

      xo

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  13. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend and I'm sooo jealous!
    I want to do the The Warner Brothers Studio Tour so bad!
    Maybe this is the year I make that happen!
    I can't wait for the Lion King post either!
    Helen

    www.jumblebug.co.uk

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    1. Oh yes! Add it to your 'bucket list' for the year - it's fab!
      Lion King post will be up on February 1st ;) haha
      Thanks lovely <3

      xo

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  14. I took my other half here a couple of years ago as a birthday present. He's been saying he wants to go back now because of the additional of the train so might get that booked too.

    John ¦ Shout John

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    1. Aw what a lovely birthday gift :) The Hogwarts Express is definitely a reason to re-visit!

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  15. I'm so happy that you finally got to go! It looks so amazing, it's definitely on my bucket list.

    Hollie | hollieshighlights.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you Hollie - thats so sweet of you! I hope you get to go soon!

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  16. I love this post! I'm a model-maker at leavesden studios so I'm lucky enough to get to work with the people who made all the props in the tour. It's so inspiring :) I'm taking my Dad on Sunday! Xx

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    1. Oh wow - no way! How fab must that be!! I need to know more about your job :P
      Aww I hope your Dad had fun :)

      xo

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  17. Even I'm excited to see these posts! If only to read about you having such a magical time! I know how much this means to you :)

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    1. Ah Kerri, that gave me a lump in my throat. It's nice to have friends who support your passions without being into them themselves. Jake will look at my stuff and photos but just say 'that's nice' haha, he has no interest at all!

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  18. I so want to go! I really need to make plans to go, and start saving some money. x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Yes!! It's so worth it. We only paid £33 each and spent all day there. From 11am - 5.30pm. It's getting there thats the cost unless you live in London.

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  19. great post,a friend of mine was there last year and she is still raving about it,would love to go myself someday x

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    1. Thank you! Haha yep, I can understand why :P I have so many photos - the posts will most likely last me all year lol.

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