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Harry Potter Silliness

Hi all, this is my fourth of a series of posts on my visit to ‘The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Brothers Studio Tour’ on 9th April 2012.

Just a short silly one today but I promise that tomorrow will be a proper tour review.

In the car on the way there my sister gave me ‘The Talk’. She said:

‘No embarrassment, when it is closing time we have to leave. You can’t live there.’

I was a grown up though and didn’t throw a tantrum – I think she was a little disappointed I behaved myself tbh.

As we neared the attraction and starting seeing the brown signs I said something along the lines of


When you need to go to the toilet at the Warner Brothers studio tour – you…


Image Expelliarmus Cutie by Whisperwings on devaint art.

(Yeah, yeah I know Expelliarmus is the disarming charm but it sounds like it fits, doesn’t it?)

Finally, I have a cuddly toy called Sultan that I’ve had since I was 1. He’s a ‘bit’ threadbare and a while back I made him a purple outfit to protect him a little. My friends initially joked that he had a smoking jacket but later that switched to Wizard robes. At one point I made him a Wizard hat but I couldn’t find it for the day of the visit. Knowing that him being there would make an entertaining picture I packed Sultan along with my wand. He had to come out for a sneaky photo op on the ministry set. I’m not embarrassed in this pic at all!!! But I know my friends will find it entertaining.

Sultan at the Ministry of Magic




Hi all, this is my third of a series of posts on my visit to ‘The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Brothers Studio Tour’ on 9th April 2012.

See the video below for my very first Butterbeer tasting.

So it tasted like cream soda but it was cold!! For some reason I had always assumed it was, and pictured it as a warm drink.
A quick search led me to which highlighted this quote. ‘Butterbeer is served cold in bottles and hot in “foaming tankards”.’ I’m sure somewhere it is referred to as a warming drink with them warming their hands on it although if memory serves )and the link above confirms) there is also mention of dusty bottles of it when Dumbledore’s Army visit the Hog’s Head.

In effect then in the books it can be both hot and cold although on the studio tour it is served iced and in The Wizarding World served iced or as slush. Because it was raining on the day of my visit a nice warm drink would have been lovely. I have to admit I was a little disappointed that it came in a plastic cup and not a tankard. The price was £2.95 for the small cup, you definitely don’t need anything larger (very sweet) but I thought it was a little pricy. Oddly had it been a warm drink I probably would have been happy with that cost.

The Butterbeer machine had been broken and bless them the staff were frantically making it by hand – I have no idea if this affected the taste or my experience but it demonstrates the commitment of the staff to making our experience fantastic (I will dedicate a whole blog post to their wonderfulness).

My final verdict – it has to be done as part of the experience, it tasted nice but I’d like a warm frothy version please.

I’m a geek and I’ll fly if I want to

I’m a geek and I’ll fly if I want to


Hi all, this is my second of a series of posts on my visit to ‘The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Brothers Studio Tour’ on 9th April 2012.

The geeky highlight of the tour for me was getting to ride a broomstick against a greenscreen. I had taken my Hermione replica wand to use for this very photo opportunity. When we spotted this (on the first Soundstage, J [the other is K!] so if you want to do this don’t leave because you can’t get back in again) the queue markers reported it was an hour wait. I think in the end it was about 45 minutes but because you can see everyone else’s turn on TV screens and everyone is so happy to be there it really didn’t feel that long.

There are two ‘stops’ in this queue – flying in the Ford Anglia (well sitting on green boxes which seems to seat 4 comfortably). One of you gets to drive if you can coordinate your hands with the steering wheel on the screen in front of you and everyone gets to scream and sway as the Hogwart’s Express comes up behind you. Then they take a snapshot (with warning so you can pose). You get given a ticket with your photo number on it for if you want to purchase it. Then you are back in the queue for a short while.

If you don’t arrive in robes (I will next time ;o)) you are loaned a set for the broomstick ride. They only seemed to be available in Gryffindor colours for adults, and as a Pottermore sorted Hufflepuff I felt a little disloyal to my house. I spotted Hufflepuff robes for kids though (but no Slytherin or Ravenclaw here) – one kid got asked if she minded being a Hufflepuff – minded. Harumf.

There are 3 broomsticks and if you are with someone it’s much more fun to watch each other. My sister went first. Then came my turn. Wand in hand I climbed into the upturned plate type seat and put my feet in the ‘stirrups’, grasped the broomstick firmly between my hands and acted to the scene on the screen in front of me. Putting my embarrassment aside I (to the laughs of some young girls) proceeded to sway side to side and shoot my wand over my shoulder, complete with shoop noises. Yes, I know, but as I said to the girls, you kind of have to don’t you. Don’t you?

At the end of your ride (and it isn’t that long but I still think it’s worth it) they take two pictures, one face on which they superimpose on a variety of backgrounds, and one aerial shot. For both my sister and I the aerial shot was the most flattering and the staff member complemented my casual swishing wand motion.

Photo prices were 1 for £12, 2 for £15, 3 for £18 and 4 for £20 and any after that were £5. Sadly there is no video footage of your ride but the photographs all come in a presentation frame. Come back for future posts where I’ll share more hints and tips about how to get the most from your experience. Including my Top Photo Opportunities post.

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