For some reason a visit to Harry Potter Studios seemed the perfect trip for just after Christmas. Even though it’s not a Christmassy story it just seemed perfect, plus we had the chance of seeing Hogwarts in the snow, which sounded wonderful.
We booked the trip quite a few months in advance (it’s certainly not something you can just turn up to on the day), and I was a bit worried that seeing behind the scenes might somehow take some of the magic away from the films for the kids. I needn’t have worried though, it was absolutely amazing from start to finish.
I took a million photos, and could write about the trip for pages and pages but I don’t want to give away too many spoilers! You literally get to see everything you can imagine from the movies though, from the entrance to Hogwarts (below) which looks amazingly realistic – it’s hard to believe it isn’t carved out of real stone, to all the houses, classrooms and sets used throughout the films. They even have Privet Drive and Godrick’s Hollow!
Going at Christmas didn’t change very much about the experience except for the massive Christmas tree in the lobby and Hogwarts being all snowy of course. Hogwarts is a scale model, but still massive and SO impressive! You can walk all around it an the detail is just incredible, no wonder it looks totally real in the films!
I simply can’t recommend this trip enough. We loved every minute and wouldn’t hesitate to go again. It’s an expensive day out, and you definitely need to allow extra for the shop at the end, but it’s worth every penny! Here are some of our highlights: