Our family are Big Potter Fans. My kids have grown up with Harry and crew and both my husband and I are as big of fans as they are.
I snuck their robes into the luggage and didn't even tell my husband about it. I rolled them into the backpack as we made our way to the train station once again to Watford. The kids are unaware of where we are going or what we are doing.
Where are we going????
Seriously? OMG...BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!!
As excited as she is, she is still exhausted so a little nap is in order
As we boarded the "harry Potter shuttle bus at Watford Junction she is rattling away. "You know what would have been awesome mom? If we had our robes...." Well here they are darling....
BEST BIRTHDAY EVER
Just about ready to go in
The Cupboard under the Stairs. Now we are in line to go in. My husband was a little worried that the kids dressing up was a bit infantile. Until of course the 20 year old hotties behind us saw the kids robes and gushed how jealous they were.
Here we go
After a short film about the making of Harry Potter the screen rises and we are welcomed into Hogwarts by the beautiful doors we see in the film.
As the doors open we are ushered into the Great Hall
Encouraged to take your time and as many photos as you like we wander about and take it all in
Here is Harry's first robes from the Philosopher's Stone. So Little
The floating candles
Props from the Yule Ball
Costumes from the same
In front of the Chocolate props
Alan Rickman's wig
Various costumes. The second photo shows the progression of Harry's wardrobe through the fight scenes in the final film Deathly Hallows
Another entrance to Hogwart's
In front of the Leaky Cauldron
Liam stamping his "passport"
The Mirror from Philosopher's Stone
Various artifacts from the films
We head into Gryffindor's bedrooms and common room now
The Invisibility Cloak
Here is Harry's and Ron's beds. Little tidbit. They never made the beds bigger as the kids grew so they were cuddled up in them near the end.
The entrance to Dumbledore's office
The memory vials
Opening the door to the Chamber of Secrets
The vault door from Gringotts' Bank. It was truly a work of art with real moving parts. Incredible
This passport is really hard to push
Making things move at Weasley's Hollow
Ministry of Magic
The Evil doors. Bellatrix, Deatheater, Voldemort
Ministry of Magic
Atrium of the Ministry
The kids got to ride a broom on greenscreen to film and then we left in inside studio to the back lot where they played on other props. They flying car.
mmmmmm Butterbeer. (at five pounds a glass it better have been good!!!)
Tom Riddle's grave
The only part of the bridge ever built. The rest was put together with CGI
The Night Bus interior
All aboard. It's gonna be a bumpy ride
Hello...Petunia...are you home?
The destroyed Potter home
Giant Chess Pieces
We now head into the Creature shop
John Cleese aka Sir Nicholas, Nearly Headless Nick
My daughter on a bad hair day
See? She agrees.
Dementors...feel the chill
Poor Dobby. :(
I had to get a pic of my evil banker husband in front of the Goblin's bank
The staff were always helpful to snag a photo. Really the staff were truly outstanding throughout.
The original drawings and artwork displayed was truly phenomenal. You see how much work went into every detail and it's exceptional.
As we near the end of our tour (now almost 3 hours), we see the original white paper models made.
And Finally....The model used to film the castle for all the films. It was incredible.
Finally we enter the wand shop again. All of the wand boxes were hand made and in this final room. Every box is inscribed with a name of someone who worked on the film. There is box for every single person. I think it's a pretty cool acknowldegment
Goodbye Hogwarts. This was the best birthday ever and it's not over yet. We jump on a train back to London
Almost forgot!!! We headed back to St. Pancraes station and found Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross. Hello photo op
Their favorites spot on the tube. We tried to tell them it wasn't actually a seat.