Way back in August when Bridget turned eleven, we got her tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour as a birthday gift.
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you should really go on this tour. If you’re a Harry Potter FANATIC, like we are, this tour is practically life-changing. I couldn’t even pretend for one millisecond of this tour to be cool; all of us just let our Nerd Flags fly and fully geeked out over the whole thing. Proudly.
The studio, located just outside London, is where the eight films were created. Props, sets, costumes, designs and artwork, and every little bit and bot of HP-paraphernalia you can imagine fill this amazing warehouse to the brim. And it’s magical.
The tour began with a short film, and then the movie screen rose up, and we stood in awe, facing the doors to the Great Hall.
The tour guide asked if anyone was there to celebrate anything special, and B raised her hand to say she was there for her 11th birthday. And then my daughter, celebrating her 11th birthday, got to push open the doors and lead us all into the Great Hall — basically a Harry Potter dream come true.
Or, alternatively, we just wandered starry-eyed from the Gryffindor Common Room to the Potions classroom to Dumbledore’s office, barely able to contain our nerdy excitement. I did a little bit of both.