Harry Potter studio tour opens near London

Harry Potter fans who are traveling to London will probably be excited about this news. The Warner Bros. studio where they filmed large parts of the Harry Potter movies has just opened its doors for visitors.

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I’ve written in the past about Harry Potter sights in London (highlighted, I think, by Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station), but this will probably be even more exciting. Potter fanatics can now take a three-hour tour of the actual sets, props, animatronics and other movie magic that brought the Harry Potter films to life.

I’m actually not a Harry Potter person. I haven’t read or seen any of it. So what I’m about to say makes no sense to me. The studio tour includes a walk through the Great Hall, where Hogwarts students ate and enjoyed the Yule Ball. You also get to see Gryffindor Common Room, Professor Dumbledore’s office, the potions classroom, Hagrid’s hut, the Weasleys’ kitchen and the giant animatronic spider Aragog. Finally, visitors get to walk through a large room housing a huge scale model of Hogwarts Castle, which was used for various establishing shots and overhead angles.

The tour costs about $45, and you have to book tickets in advance. It looks like it’s about a 20-minute train ride from London. For many EF College Break travelers on trips to London, I imagine this will be a great way to spend a free afternoon.

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Photo: Craig Grobler via Flickr

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