( I could actually scream! Spent ages writing this blog and it didn't save! Despite the fact I pressed save a billion times, really annoyed! - So I apologise in advance, in the poor quality of this blog post, as I cannot remember what I wrote, or the order I wrote stuff. Stupid site! Makes me contemplate on changing blogging websites! This is the second time this has happened!)
It was on one sunny September day. My friend Alice, my sister & I headed onto the motorway towards Leavesden, Watford. We managed to get there without a Tom Tom, relied on the good old route planner print out. Made it there without getting lost. Spent the entire journey looking like a geek in my glasses.
We were lead to a cinema type room, where we watched a video of the making of the films and about the studio. Once that finished, the screen lifted revealing the doors of the Great Hall. Which was pretty cool. There we followed the tour guide to the hall and took snaps of the things in the hall, here they told us that we would be able to wander the studio in our own time and soak up all the magic.
After walking past all the things photographed above we headed into the section where we could experience riding a broomstick and in the flying car. In this section you are not allowed to take photos. We decided against queueing for the flying car, instead just queued to have the broomstick experience.
This was a pretty cool experience, sitting on a broomstick while it moves and pretend you are flying over London and Hogwarts. You also looked bit like a fool, because everyone can see you haha. But who care you are in Hogwarts right? (Well what I mean by everyone, I mean people in the queue haha.)
I really wished I asked for the Hufflepuff robe instead of just taking the one they gave me. I know I am not a true Gryffindor.
Anyway after learning to fly, we headed for the queue, to purchase the photos, which was pretty pricey, I can't remember how much it cost for one photo, but we got three, a photo of each of us on the broomstick. It cost us £21 in total. So £7 each, which is pretty pricey for one photo.
We continued to walk around the studio, after our flying experience and then went through some doors to the outdoors, where other part of the set was located.
Here in the outdoor section, there was a chance to try Butterbeer and eat (there were other refreshments available for the muggles). I am not overly fond of sweet drinks/food and had a feeling I wouldn't like Butterbeer, and that became apparent when I tried it. It tasted like really really sweet Cream Soda, so if you have a sweet tooth and you like Cream Soda, then Butterbeer is for you! I really didn't like it ha.
I can't quite remember how much it cost, but we got the middle souvenir cup, which was almost £5 I think! There was an option to get the pint glass, which I am really glad we didn't do that!
After we finished that disgusting drink, we explored the rest of the outdoors, (which was quite small) I started to regret wearing dark clothes. It was pretty warm for September, and I was wearing dark clothes and boots, though I do still love that outfit ha!
For all those fashion fanatics, and are wondering what I wore. I wore a grey sleeveless top, with black leggings both from H&M. Teaming them up with Gold Chandelier earrings and black boots also from H&M. If you hadn't noticed by now...I love H&M. I also wore a belt...but I can't remember where it is from...the handbag I was carrying that day is also H&M. Like I said before I love that shop ha.
When we finished taking snaps of us in the vehicles we headed back inside. Here there were wax works of the characters that looked so real, it was borderline creepy. I was half expecting them to open the eyes and I'll scream and jump out of my skin ha.
Once we past this section we headed to the life size set of Diagon Alley, which I found pretty impressive ha.
Upon leaving Diagon Alley, we walked into a room filled with models of Hogwarts, drawings and lots of other artistic stuff.
Leaving the arty room we walked into a very large dark room, here was large scale model of the Hogwarts grounds and that was pretty spectacular. In the winter the studio adds snow to it, and I bet it would look even more epic then it does without snow. I am not overly fond of snow, but I bet it will look amazing.
(I apologise for my bad photos! It was dark and I am an owner of an iPhone 4s. and well the picture quality is well...bad)