Explore The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros Studio, in London.

This journey through the behind-the-scenes magic of bringing the iconic JK Rowling’s books from page to screen will captivate fans, but watch out for additional expenses.

What’s it About?

Explore the very studio where the magic of all eight Harry Potter films was brought to life. Wander through a sprawling hangar housing iconic sets. After a guided tour of the Great Hall, you’re free to explore at your own pace, encountering memorable locations such as the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s office with its intriguing cabinet of memories, Hagrid’s hut, the eerie Forbidden Forest, and the bustling streets of Diagon Alley. Refuel with lunch in the charming “backlot” outdoor area, surrounded by landmarks like Privet Drive- you can walk through number 4 and see Harry’s bedroom under the stairs. This is also an opportunity to sample the infamous ‘Butterbeer’; a big hit with the kids and the kids at heart! Next up is an exhibit showcasing the intricate artistry and design work behind the films.

Best Part

The sheer scale of the production, involving over 4,000 individuals across a decade of filmmaking is truly something to behold. From costume designers to make-up artists, each contributed to crafting the most successful movie series in history. Kids adore interactive experiences like wand practice and exploring the iconic Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia, while adults marvel at the meticulous attention to detail in every set and prop.

Food & Drinks

You can grab food at either the Studio Cafe or Backlot Cafe, offering a variety of sandwiches and hot dishes. Alternatively, bring your own snacks to enjoy during the tour. Definitely bring a water bottle. The tour is vast and quite thirsty work! By the way, there is no alcohol served in the cafe- worth noting if you are there in the evening and had planned to have a glass of wine at the mid-way point!

The Gift Shop

This is stuffed to the brim with all manner of merchandise from fluffy owls to different wands and t-shirts. It’s a good idea to have decided beforehand if you want to buy anything here as it is extremely enticing to little people and you may end up making a pretty expensive impulse buy!

Getting there

Accessible by a 15-minute shuttle bus ride from Watford Junction; this is the option my family took and the price is included in the ticket. It’s also an additional element of fun. The buses are run electrically on ‘muggle energy’. The lots are also easily reached from Euston station. Parking is complimentary for car travellers.

Value for money

With family saver tickets priced at €138 offering entry for two adults and two children or one adult and three children, the experience rivals a West End show or other premium London attractions. The tour is sprinkled with hidden extras though- like photographs, videos and posters, so watch out for this. You can take your own photos in most areas except the green rooms.

Opening hours

Timed entry ensures a smooth flow of visitors, with ample time to explore at your leisure. Tours commence at 9 am, with closing times varying. Closed on Christmas Day and Stephens’ Day.


The experience exceeded my own, slightly sceptical expectations. In fact, they were blown out of the water. This is an incredible, magical and creative experience for all ages.


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