Warner Bros. Studios is No.6 in our list of London's best children's attractions, and No.9 in our list of London's best day trips
Harry Potter fans are in for a treat, because now you can go behind-the-scenes of the blockbuster movies at Warner Bros Studios.
You're basically walking around a huge film studios inside some gigantic warehouses, where they're displaying all the original stage sets, props and costumes.
After a brief introductory movie you can step inside the Great Hall (and we mean the real Great Hall -- where they actually filmed the movie!), see Dumbledore's office and Diagon Alley (complete with Ollivander's Wand Shop, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes and Gringotts Wizarding Bank). Other memorable sets include Hagrid's forest hut, the Gryffindor Common Room, and Professor Umbridge's office at the Ministry of Magic.
Along the way you'll learn lots of movie magic, and discover how they shot the special effects. You can even have a go at some of things yourself, and see how you appear on screen.
Craig has been Warner Bros Studios himself and written a detailed review of the Harry Potter tour. You really should read it before you go, because this tour is very expensive, involves a fair amount of travelling, and you don't want to get there and wish you hadn't bothered. Craig's biggest criticism of the place is that there are no rides, and it is mainly aimed at adults (which sounds daft, but read his review and you will understand what he means). Feel free to ask Craig a question before you go.
Note: The tour sold on this page includes coach travel to and from Warner Bros Studios, which leaves from the Golden Tour stop in Buckingham Palace Road (near Victoria station). Alternatively, you could do what Craig did and catch a train to Watford Junction and then get the Warner Bros shuttle bus to the studios.
Another note: If you're into Harry Potter then make sure you check out the new theatre show in London's West End. It's called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and was written by JK Rowling herself.
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Craig’s review – “This is what I know about Harry Potter: he's a swotty school-kid with glasses and a wand. That's about it. I've never seen the movies, never read any of the kid's books. So jumping on two trains and a bus and stumping up thirty quid for a ticket to the Harry Potter film studios doesn't exactly fill me with glee. To be honest I'd rather have just stayed in bed. But her… continued”
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