No Harry Potter fan worth their salt could live in London and NOT visit Leavesden Studios, yes? Luckily, I happened to be in London when the studio tour was shiny and new. Like, brand new. Like, not even open yet. So when Tesco (the grocery store) ran a contest to win tickets to the soft opening, I entered... and ended up being one of the winners. Hashtag ballin'! Lorraine won too, so between two of us we had eight tickets (regrettably, we each got different entrance times). So I ended up taking Amanda, Carly and Gerra, each of whom are giant Harry Potter nerds like myself. It was very appropriate.
The studios are completely awesome. Unfortunately there was still some construction going on while I was there (the drawbacks of the soft opening!), but like, I was totally blown away by everything. Sets and costumes and props and models and literally everything. I think I took about a thousand pictures just of the scale model of Hogwarts. And it certainly didn't hurt that there was a butterbeer break in the middle! And, uh, you know I wore my Hufflepuff t-shirt. I'm all about that badger pride!
Sigh. So wonderful.
If you're in the London-ish area, I highly recommend spending an afternoon here. Tickets aren't cheap, but it's an easy train ride out of Euston Station. And, come on, this is a pretty priceless experience!
Have any other of you Potter fans been to Leavesden Studios?