Fancy a Christmas together with Harry Potter?
Well, that wish can come true.
Almost at least.
All year around not far from the center of London you can visit the Warner Bros. studios where the Harry Potter movies were shot.
And in the wintertime the studios – including The Great Hall, the boys’ dormitory, the Hogwarts Express and all the other settings from the eight movies – are decked for Christmas.
Green trees, golden stars and white snow make the studio a true winter wonderland filled with the cozy spirit of Christmas – uh, and magic of course.
Now you might sit and think something like ‘but I have no kids to take along and use as an excuse for visiting the world of the greatest wizard ever.
Don’t despair. It’s not a problem. When we visited, more than half the guests were well above their teenage years – with no kids in tow.
At the beginning of the tour through the studios you’ll start off with watching a short introductory movie where the three actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint tell the audience about the years they have spent recording the eight Harry Potter-movies at the studios.
When the short film is finished you are free to walk around the studios as you wish with no time limit on your visit. If you wish to stay the whole day, you can.
The tour is split into three parts. In the first part you’ll see a lot of the indoor film settings as The Great Hall, the kitchen of the Weasley family, professor Snapes potions classroom, The Ministry of Magic and so on and so on.
The second part is outside with the Knight Bus from ‘Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban’, the house of Privet Drive 4 and the old bridge of Hogwarts.
The third and last part is mostly about all the special effects used in the movies, but it’s also here that you’ll get to walk the entire length of Diagon Alley and see the snow covered model of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
‘Hogwarts in The Snow’ – as the winter edition of the Harry Potter studios tour is called – is on until 29th of January 2017.
You can read more about the tour at the studio’s homepage.
How to get to the studios
The Warner Bros. Studios are around one hour with public transport from the centre of London.
From the centre of the city take the train to Watford Junction railway station. From London Euston there’s a direct train, that takes around 20 minutes.
From Watford Junction there’s a shuttle bus to the studios. The bus takes around 15 minutes.
You can read more here.