Gari Potter and the Chamber of Awesomeness (aka – The Harry Potter Studio Tour!)

On Tuesday 12 February, Max and I ventured down from our home in Manchester to the bewildering maze of roundabouts that is the area encompassing Milton Keynes and Watford Junction, in our bid to get to see the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter at Leavesden.

I won’t give too much away, as the secrets really are worth keeping, but I have to say – this was STAGGERING!! Absolutely loved it, and well worth the reasonable admission price in my opinion!

Below are some pictures from the day:

Below is the review that I posted to TripAdvisor too:

“Absolutely could not fault it!”

* * * * * (5 Stars)

The attraction itself is ridiculously amazing! You cannot help but get swept away in the magic of it! We managed to spend a good three hours on the experience but we could easily have spent a lot more time had it been a little quieter (it seems that despite our best efforts, we still managed to hit a local half term).

Won’t reveal any of the secrets but all I can say is just WOW. Had several ‘moments’ whilst on the tour and it’s an experience that will stay with me forever.

We got the train down from Manchester (you get to Milton Keynes and change for Watford Junction) and got the bus from the station – £2 return is, frankly, a bargain considering ‘London’ prices!

The staff were incredibly smiley and helpful, and I’ve ended up coming away with half of the gift shop, including Voldemort’s wand, and a Hufflepuff badge (I know, confusing, right?!? hehe!).

Audio tour and souvenir guide are excellent – if there’s two of you going, I’d recommend that you buy one all-singing-all-dancing ticket, then the second person buys a ticket, and the audio guide separately (just saves you ending up paying for/getting two souvenir guides, which I’d imagine a couple wouldn’t need). Souvenir guides can be collected from the gift shop at the end of the tour – saves you lugging it around. Ticket prices are, frankly, a bargain in my opinion.

Butter beer was delicious for the first few mouthfuls, then it started to congeal and the ‘beer’ bit tasted a little like Irn Bru – I had been expecting something warm, but for £2.95 it was worth the experiment I guess, but I’d pass next time!

Only small niggle are the people who go to the experience themselves! Please, if you want to take a picture, that’s great, but please do not do it at the expense of the enjoyment of those around you – I got shoved by tourists several times, and don’t even get me started on the people who would stop, get in your way, take several pictures, and then walk away – it’s called an EXPERIENCE, so experience it!!!! ^_^

About Gari

Northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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