Wednesday, 30 September 2015

EVENT REPORT: September Screenings at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Harry Potter Studio Tour to attend one of their September Screenings. As well as the normal tour, attendees of the September Screenings were also given a free hot meal and drink, a cup of Butterbeer (which I tried for the first time - more on that later), and a ticket to see one of the films in the cinema as well as popcorn or a bag of sweets.

Basically, lots of Harry Potter and lots of free food. You can't get better than that, really.

We were given tickets for the final day of September Screenings and so we saw the final film, which just so happens to be my favourite. But before that, I had a quick look in the gift shop and picked up a few things. Bet you can't guess which house I'm in...

I wanted to get Ravenclaw robes too, but they were the price of a small house. One day, people, one day.

Then it was time for the tour!

The tour starts in the Great Hall and this is my favourite set by far. It's huge, and a few of us even got to open the doors.

I love looking at how detailed even the tiniest props are, some of which might have only got a second on screen or even less than that. It all looks so realistic and I wish I knew how it was done!

If I remember rightly, a team of 20 hair and make-up artists managed a cast of 800 actors every single day. Crazy.

I have been to the Harry Potter studios once before on my 14th birthday and so I'd seen most things already, but Platform 9 3/4 is a fairly new addition and I was so excited to see it! It was exactly like being at King's Cross but with less Nando's and more Butterbeer. You can go on the actual train used in the films, get your photo taken as you go through the wall with your luggage and, of course, buy lots of goodies in the gift shop...

And then I tried the Butterbeer. I only had one sip and I'm 99% sure it gave me Diabetes. That is all.

My parents got me a car. Look, I can drive it and everything. #blessed.

At the end of the tour is an art exhibition, I guess you could call it, with concept art lining the walls and early models of some of the sets. This leads to a big, dark room with a huge model of Hogwarts in the centre. It's incredible and none of my photos do it justice. It really is something you need to go and see for yourself.

After the tour, we made our way to the cafe where we picked up our free bags of popcorn which were DELICIOUS. I don't usually like sweet popcorn but this was like heaven in a bag. We then entered the cinema on the set of the Great Hall to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and were looked after by Jack and Hazel, two hilarious members of staff. The film stopped twice due to technical issues but I honestly don't think anyone cared because Jack and Hazel were so entertaining. The first time was when Snape gets his wand out - ahem - on Harry, and McGonagall leaps in front of him. You know, the scene in the Great Hall where we were watching it. Jack suggested we give up on the film and re-enact it ourselves seeing as we had the set right there. It didn't actually happen but we were all crying laughing. I guess you had to be there but they were both brilliant. Seriously, if anyone from Warner Bros. happens to be reading this, Jack and Hazel need a pay rise - and a chat show.

It was so weird watching the film where it was actually filmed, and I also appreciated getting to see it on the big screen because when it actually came out in cinemas I hadn't yet read the books (I know, terrible) so I didn't go. The atmosphere was great, too. It was like being at a sleepover with a bunch of Potterheads.

It was such a great day and I really, really enjoyed it. The September Screenings have finished now but from 16th October to 1st November is the Dark Arts event which is what I went to last time and it's brilliant - you can even get a selfie with a Death Eater if you want, although they might insist on posing as if they're killing you. That may or may not have happened to me... They've also just announced a Christmas event where you'll get to enjoy a Christmas dinner in the Great Hall. If that's not the coolest thing ever then I don't know what is.

Have you ever been on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour?


  1. This looks incredibly fun! One of my friends has taken the tour, but I haven't (yet!). I love all the Ravenclaw stuff, too.

  2. This looks like so much fun!! I've been on the studio tour before but it would've been EVEN better with free food ;) Also I am very jealous of chocolate frog!

    Laura @ What's Hot?

  3. I can't believe I haven't been yet but I seriously want to! With all my heart! It looks so damn pretty!

  4. I went to the tour for my birthday in June. I OPENED THE DOORS. WITH MY HANDS. It was amazing to see all the sets. I also tried Butterbeer (I didn't actually like it-sshh! :o)

    1. SAME. Last time because it was my birthday too and this time because I, uh, pretended it was... xD I didn't like the Butterbeer either unfortunately. Did they have the Butterbeer ice cream for sale when you went? It looked quite nice although I didn't try it.

    2. Ice-cream- that sounds so good :) It wasn't there when I went :( .

  5. This looks so fun! I'm going on a school trip in a couple of weeks and we're going to Harry Potter World and I'm so excited!!!