Floss here, today and for the next few days whilst Mum is away. Sorry to disappoint, but today’s post will not be featuring any ponies, but will focus instead on my day at the Leavesden Studios in Watford. For those who actually have a life, Leavesden is home to… Luckily for us (I was accompanied by my best friend, Naomi) we had arrived pretty early, and so had time to peruse the enormous shop beforehand. Needless to say, we took the opportunity to try on everything.
After picking out a few items each to come back for later, we got into line for our tour. We ended up queuing for ages, but there was something conveniently placed nearby to occupy our interest.
Eventually we got through the door and into a small room where we were treated to a video about the Harry Potter series. Then, onto another cinema-esque room where we were shown another film about the series, which ended with the clip of the first years entering the Great Hall. Afterwards, the screen was retracted to reveal the doors to the Great Hall, where the guides asked the various members of the tour with birthdays on that day (no, I wasn’t jealous, not at all) to open the doors and lead the way inside.
For someone who has seen the films more times than is probably healthy, there are so many details I’ve missed out on. Now however, I can’t but help look out for them in the films.
From here, we moved on to an enormous room containing hundred of sets, costumes and props.
The smaller props on display also include: the horcruxes, a pair of Omnioculars, the Philosopher’s Stone, Neville’s Remembrall, Hermione’s Timeturner, Rita Skeeter’s Quick Quotes Quill, the Triwizard Cup and the Goblet of Fire. There are portraits (usually crew members in robes) and tapestries everywhere, and sets everywhere. I could bore you even more with hundreds of photos of every single set and prop but I am trying not to lose Mum too many readers.
Once we finished looking around the area, the tour moves on to an outside area where muggles may have a refreshing glass of Butterbeer, guarded by a familiar face.
The Knight Bus
Back inside we found ourselves in the Creature Workshop, with models of everything from the Acromantula Aragog…
…to something that I cannot even think of a name for (it moves when you press a button, and is actually very creepy)
The models are scarily realistic. I’d always assumed everything was composed of CGI, but they made models of nearly everything.
After the Creature Workshop and going through rooms with several sketches and scale models of buildings and sets, we entered Diagon Alley…
The tour ends with a walk around the enormous scale model of Hogwarts, used for the aerial shots in the films. The castle has been altered over the years, but it looks excellent. We spent a lot of time trying to guess the various towers and rooms, looking for common rooms, classrooms and Dumbledore’s office.
After a room lined with thousands of wand boxes, labeled with names of every single cast member, we found ourselves back in the shop. We then picked up the items we wanted, (on my part, a shirt, chocolate frog and Fleur Delacour’s wand) paid and departed, plotting ways in which we could sneak back inside.
I really would recommend going if you even slightly enjoyed the films. There is so much to see and do that I’ve had to miss out, and it was an amazing experience for the die-hard fans, such as Naomi and I.
Once again, sorry that you’re stuck with me for the next couple of days. I’ll have a go at recording tomorrow and might even bring some ponies into it. Bye for now!