My inner geek came out in full force last week with my fourth visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. My sister got my ticket as my birthday present as she wanted to go again and get the audio guide and knew I wouldn’t mind us ignoring each other on the way round while we explored!
This trip for me was looking for details I missed on my previous visits.
I loved this Quidditch player suit of armour.
As it is the 15th anniversary of the release of Philosopher’s Stone they brought our the Sorting Hat into the main hall so we got to see it close up (and I loved it’s shadow!).
In the common room there is a portrait of a young Professor McGonagall with a plan cat.
The detail in the proper is amazing and I love this column with the owls.
The phenioxes in Dumbledore’s office fireplace were also noticed this visit.
I always love the potions classroom and got a nice view of the Advanced Potion Making book. It was sad to see Alan Rickman’s costumes this time round knowing he no longer with us, but it also made me appreciate the detail even more on this set.
I don’t think the prophecy orbs were there the last time I visited and looked amazing all lit up in the Ministry of Magic set.
Of course I had to get another view of the kitten plats and especially the one that looks like Merry and Pippin.
I love the books you can spot around the place and I hope they do a full version of Hogwarts A History at some point as I would totally buy it. I love that this is in Hermione’s trolley at Platform 9 and 3/4.
Another thing I kept spotting this trip was the cauldrons all wrapped up ready for travel. I would love to recieve one in the post (or send one to Ingrid) as a surprise!
There was another one on the Hogwarts Express too!
I am a fan of Luna’s character and I loved the lion headdress she wore in the films. I think it’s because it reminds me of my favourite film The Lion King.
This visit I also spotted the miniature dragons used in Goblet of Fire!
I also got to see my favourite art piece again. I love this one of Hogsmede as I think it’s subtle and you could love it even if you didn’t know it’s Harry Potter related as it’s just a beautiful scene, but if you do know Harry Potter you would appreciate it even more!
Of I also tried butterbeer again (and HAD to drink my sister’s as she wasn’t a fan) so I now have all three cups they sell it in on my shelf, which makes me very happy. I also got the photo of my and my sister in the Weasley’s flying car, which means I have this photo for everyone I have been with (both my sisters and Ingrid) so it has turned into a bit of a tradition.
I find they do change things up every time I go. Even in six months they have changed how they do the interactive parts and have different things on display. I definitely want to go back to see it in the snow and would go back for special events (at normal cost, not those extortionate dinners they put on!) on occasion. I really hope they add Fantastic Beasts onto the tour once all the films are out as that would be AMAZING!