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Magic!

For the second entry in my Fireworks, History and Magic series, I bring you the Magic because yesterday I visited this place...

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The Harry Potter Studio Tour!



Now, I know what you might be thinking. That I've already been to the Studio Tour twice. And you would be correct, but I particularly wanted to go now cos they had a special event on...

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The Dark Arts event!

My main reason for wanting to see the Dark Arts event was to see the Great Hall all decked out in pumpkins for Halloween...

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And it did not disappoint! It was difficult to get a good picture but being in the Hall with all the floating pumpkins was so cool.

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So cool!

The tables were also laid with food for the Halloween feast,,,

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So autumnal!

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So pumpkiny!

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Seriously, I really loved the pumpkins!

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Attempts to get a good picture of myself with the pumpkins behind didn't go as well as I hoped, but this one isn't too bad.


The next part of the tour was made up of things I'd seen before. That didn't stop me listening to the audio guide for all the stops and taking pictures of the sets. Sets such as...

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The Gryffindor Common Room.

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Dumbledore's Office.

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And the potions classroom.

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I think these pumpkins by Hagrid's hut are always there, but I still love them!


Of course the Dark Arts event wasn't my only reason for coming. Since my last visit they'd added The Forbidden Forest, so this part was all new to me...

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Here's Hagrid to guide the way.

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Buckbeak's taken up residence in the Forest.

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And is bowing, despite the fact that I've been very disrespectful by turning my back on him.


The Forbidden Forest is also home to another creature. Or should that be creatures...

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Yes, it's the giant spiders!

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I'm so glad I'm not arachnophobic!

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And this is apparently how they filmed the glowing stag patronus. LED lights on a deerhound!


Next up was the Hogwarts Express

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Choo choo!


And after that, a stop in the cafe for Butterbeer. You can get it either as a drink or as ice cream. Which one would I go for?

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Both. Obviously the answer is both. (And it was worth it, they're so good!)


After the cafe is the outdoor area, which houses some of my favourite sets.

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Ok, so Number 4 Privet Drive isn't one of my favourites, but it's still pretty cool. And we actually got to go inside this time, which I don't think we did before.

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Just a few Hogwarts letters!

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The Knight Bus is one of my favourites.

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And I do love the Potters' house, especially in the dark.

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But my favourite set is the Hogwarts Bridge. Not even in the original books, it's such an iconic part of the films!

I wanted a picture of me on the bridge, but I had to wait because...

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Oh no! Death Eaters! Fortunately a line of good witches and wizards were in front of me to protect us from the evildoers and they were soon defeated.

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Clearly Death Eaters are good sports in defeat cos they stuck around for a few photos.

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I love this picture. It's a shame I don't know who the boy is cos I'd love to give him a copy!


I then got pictures of myself on the bridge:

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Behold me in all my purple uplighted glory!

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What do you think? Slightly less sinister than a Death Eater?


After that we went through the special effects area and into Diagon Alley:

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For all your wizardly shopping needs.

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Just a Death Eater chilling in Diagon Alley. Nothing to see here.


And at the end of the tour is the grand finale. The detailed model of Hogwarts Castle itself:

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Amazing.


So, yeah, that was awesome. I'm so glad we went and saw the Halloween decorations and the Death Eaters on the bridge and the Forbidden Forest. Also, it looked like they were building something new. I wonder what that'll be and if it means I'll have to make a fourth visit!

Once we were done we headed back to central London and stopped in for a drink here:

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Halloween and Bonfire Night are over. Christmas is coming! =D

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