Tuesday, July 24, 2012

More Summer Trip Day 2 - Harry Potter WB Studio Tour (Part 2)

Exterior Sets

The exterior sets are placed in between two halls: Interior Sets and Creature Room. There is an open space that locates the sets such as Riddle's Tomb, Privet Drive, Potter's Cottage, Hogwarts Bridge, Wizard Chess and also magical vehicles such as the Knight Bus, Weasleys' Ford Anglia and Hagrid's Bike.

There's a cafe selling Butterbeer as well!

Ford Anglia

Knighr Bus

Wizard Chess

Riddle's Tomb

No.4 Privet Drive

Potter's Cottage

Hogwarts Bridge

Creatures Room

Creature Room is rather small. Here, we could see a variety of magical creatures that had been featured in Harry Potter movies. Some of them are puppet and some are robots. Most of the creatures were invented in 1:1 scale. The creatures include goblin, owls, thestrals, dragons, mandrakes, Dobby the house elf, Buckbeak the hippogriff, dementors, merpeople, grindylow and many others. In addition, a full scale model of several actors were also displayed here such as Harry Potter, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Katie Bell, Draco Malfoy and Charity Burbage. A little baby Voldemort robot was displayed here as well.

Mandrakes and Goblin masks

1:! scale human models

Thestral, dementor, Horntail, Charity Burbage and Aunt Marge.

Grindylow, Voldemort, dragons & Hedwig

Cornish Pixy, owl, merpeople and Grawp

Basilisk's bones, Buckbeak, dementor & mandrake

Diagon Alley

Probably the most long-awaited set that I wanted to visit. This alley was full with two rows of shops which include Madam Malkins, Weasleys' Wheezes, Ollivander's Wand Shop, Gringotts and many others. The only thing that I hate here was that the lighting kept on changing colours, especially to blue. It affected our photos badly. (=.=). I think the tour would be more interesting if we could enter each shops to see the interior design of the shops.

Weasley Wheezes

Model Room

It started with White Card Models where a series of buildings were modelled into smaller scale by using white cards. First, there was Hogsmeade, then Hogwarts followed by Classrooms, Quidditch World Cup Stadium, Lovegood's house, Astronomy Tower and also the Whomping Willow. A few concept arts by artists were also displayed on the wall. After that, we were directed into a large room where a Hogwarts model was placed. It was definitely fantastic! The details looked real and the model was so huge! Nice one! :)

Hogwarts Model

Towards the end of our tour, there is a room full of wand boxes. Each of the boxes was marked with the designers' names. The wand boxes were handmade.


We finished out tour in less than two hoursand we found ourselves in the souvenir shop. They sell most of the items that are memorable to the visitors such as costumes, books, snacks and whatnot. Costumes include robes, sweaters, neckties, hats, prom dresses and wands. I grabbed a few fridge magnets, postcards, a Gryffindor t-shirt, and a pin badge. Things were very expensive here. So I bought for myself only. A wand cost £24.99. I didn't buy any since I already got 6 of them which I purchased from ebay. Ahhh, and I bought a couple of Chocolate Frogs as well! They cost £7.99 each. Quite expensive, but lantaklahhh.. I just want the 3D cards inside and I got Godric Gryffindor and Rowena Ravenclaw! :)  

There's a lot of things that I really wanted to buy such as the Marauder's Map, scarfs and more t-shirts but I simply couldn't afford to buy those things. I already spent £80 in this shop. Huhu..

After everyone had finished buying their stuffs, we had a quick lunch at the cafe. I bought an egg sandwich and a bottle of juice.

Alhamdulillah, finally we had been to this place which we had been dreaming to go since it was first open in spring. I'm glad it went well although the weather was extremely hot that day.


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