Once there, I was transformed into a small child, eyes wide with amazement, and a grin so huge I was sure my face was going to split! My inner geek was released and reveling in the ocular feast on display. Chris dislikes Harry Potter with a passion, he does however agree that the special effects of the film are astounding and so wanted to attend to see how it was all done. This was my chance to be his personal tour guide, and I tackled this role with as much gusto as Mary Berry would hosting a WI meeting.
The outside of the building is somewhat nondescript and unassuming The only real giveaway to what lay within the hanger was these rather large chaps below.
Just inside the enterance were the official plaques and a lovely cast of the three main actors hands. And just like a child, I couldn't resist trying each hand for size ;) Emma Watson and I are almost the same size!
Once inside, we watched a short film featuring the famous trio. They were urging the audience to realize just how much hard work, talent and dedication had gone on behind the scenes, it was this that brought the films to life. I won't spoil the next bit for anyone who is wanting to go to the Studio Tour, but needless to say that the first set that you will see is the Great Hall.
My only gripe about this was that in my opinion, it is the most iconic area of the films and yet we were hurried through so that they could re-set for the next tour. After we had moved from the Great Hall, we were allowed to go at our own pace, which was wonderful.
All of the main sets were on full display, and it was a little eerie feeling as if you were actually within the film. By now I was taking more photo's then a Japanese tourist, and explaining bits to Chris with great enthusiasm. For his part, he was generally interested and kept asking questions about the film.
Whilst we were in Dumbledore's office, Chris asked an innocent question as to why all the portraits were sleeping. A few of the die hard fans shot us such evil looks! It was as if they believed only true fans should be allowed to attend. Once I explained how within the books/films the portraits were 'alive' and this was obviously taken from one of the scenes where the castle was sleeping, Chris seemed quite intrigued and it sparked a discussion on them visiting other portraits etc. - The Potter hater is learning a thing or two ;)
If I were to detail every set, my post would be a mile long and I am sure I would bore a few readers to tears! I will only mention one more of my favorites, if you want to see more, go on the tour!
The Weasley Warren looks so very warm and inviting in the films and the set didn't let me down.
The last leg of the tour concentrated on the amazing, talented and detailed work that went into making the movies. There was a huge focus on the design, animatronics, make up and architecture. I was completely over-whelmed with the realization of just how much it took to make a film like this. It seriously was mind blowing.