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Learn All the Secrets of the Wizarding World on a Harry Potter™ Studio Guided Tour

The Harry Potter™ films brought the words of JK Rowling to life on the silver screen. They introduced us to a world that we still haven’t been able to get out of. They made us believe in magic. When filming for the final movie of the series got over, the crew was left with a treasure trove of iconic sets, costumes, props, animatronic creatures, special effects, and intricate artifacts, which they preserved for the fans so that they could experience what filming the eight movies was like.

The Harry Potter Studio allows you to walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters and relive their experiences on the original sets of Platform 9 ¾, Hogwarts Express, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, The Forbidden Forest, The Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and Dumbledore’s Office, among others. Read on to know what a Harry Potter Studio guided tour has in store for you!

Why Take a Harry Potter Studio Guided Tour?

The Harry Potter Studio is one of the most popular and most visited landmarks in London. Here are a few reasons why you should take a Harry Potter Studio guided tour.

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Highlights Covered on Your Harry Potter Studio Guided Tour

Harry Potter Studio guided tours

Diagon Alley

Take a walk along the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley that are always bustling with activity. The place is lined with shops selling robes, books, potions, ingredients, wands, and all the necessary items that a witch or wizard needs at Hogwarts. The Diagon Alley was also redone to shoot scenes in the village of Hogsmeade in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The design of the streets was inspired by the Harry Potter books as well as the works of Charles Dickens. Visit famous landmarks like Ollivander’s Shop, Flourish and Blotts, Gringotts Bank, and Mr. Mulpeppers Apothecary while you take a tour of Diagon Alley.

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The Great Hall

The Great Hall served as a backdrop for some of the most iconic scenes in the Harry Potter films like The Yule Ball, The Sorting Ceremony, and The Triwizard Tournament. The hall has also been witness to the O.W.L. examinations as well as some crucial conversations between Harry and his friends. The intricate decoration, massive entrance door, costumes of popular characters, the flambeaux of the four houses, stone statues, and shiny crockery are definitely worth a visit.

Harry Potter Studio guided tours

The Forbidden Forest

The Forbidden Forest in the first film of the series was a combination of studio and location shooting before it was shifted entirely to the studio for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with the aim to house Aragog’s lair. The Forbidden Forest is said to be home to unicorns, centaurs, and dark monsters, among other creatures. The 19 trees – all of which are over 12 feet tall – are designed to create an eerie atmosphere. Walk around the forest and meet Buckbeak and Aragog.

Harry Potter Studio guided tours
Harry Potter Studio guided tours

Gringotts Wizarding Bank

The bank of the wizarding world is adorned with three striking crystal chandeliers and marble pillars. The Gringotts Wizarding Bank is one of the biggest attractions of the Harry Potter Studios and has played a significant role in the films. Explore the hall, the Goblins’ gallery, the Lestrange vault, and other props and costumes. Get a glimpse of the Sword of Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff’s cup, Bogrod and Griphook’s costumes and prosthetics, the 210,000 coins created for the Deathly Hallows movies, and over 38,000 pieces of props.

Harry Potter Studio guided tours

Guided Tours vs Non-Guided Tours

Harry Potter Studio guided tours
Harry Potter Studio guided tours

What to Expect on a Harry Potter™ Studio Tour?

The Harry Potter Studio is massive! It’s possible that you feel a little overwhelmed or find it difficult to navigate the attraction all by yourself, which is why we recommend booking a guided tour. Such tours include an expert guide who knows the attraction inside out and is the best person to tap into for interesting stories and anecdotes about the studio as well as the making of the Harry Potter films. They will be able to enhance your experience of the visit by telling you all that there is to know about the studio.

Once you meet your group at the designated point, you will be taken inside the Warner Bros. Studios and onto the sets of Harry Potter. Your guided tour will start from where it all began for Harry – the cupboard under which he slept on the night of his 11th birthday. Explore the original sets of the films – all of them from Platform 9 ¾, Hogwarts Express, Gryffindor Common Room, and Diagon Alley to The Forbidden Forest, Dumbledore’s Office, Hagrid’s Hut, and Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Walk in the footsteps of the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and get to know about the technologies, animatronics, and prosthetics that were used to breathe life into the books. You will also get to see the interesting props and costumes that were used in the films.

Visitor Tips

  • Book your Harry Potter Studio guided tour tickets online and in advance given that it’s a very popular attraction.
  • Wear comfortable footwear because you will have to do a lot of walking.
  • Grab a mug of Butterbeer from Backlot Café inside the studio. But be careful because it contains nuts and other ingredients that could cause allergies.
  • You can visit the studio dressed up as your favorite character from the series.
  • Children between 0 to 4 years of age can enter the studio for free.
  • Most of the studio is wheelchair friendly and accessible to those with reduced mobility, but certain sections like the Hogwarts Bridge, cobbled streets of Diagon Alley, and the Great Hall’s slate floor are not recommended for the disabled.
  • Baby changing facilities are available. There’s also a private nursing area close to the Backlot Café.

Frequently Asked Questions About Harry Potter Studio Guided Tours

Q. Can I book a Harry Potter™ Studio guided tour?

A. Yes. Harry Potter Studio guided tours are available for booking.

Q. How can I book a Harry Potter™ Studio guided tour?

A. You can book a Harry Potter Studio guided tour online.

Q. How much does a Harry Potter™ Studio guided tour cost?

A. The Harry Potter Studio guided tours start from £94.

Q. What are the different types of Harry Potter™ Studio guided tours?

A. There are two types of Harry Potter Studio guided tours available - Warner Bros. Studio – London Tour with Premium Bus Transfers guided tour and the Unique Fully Guided Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter guided tour.

Q. What is included in Harry Potter™ Studio guided tours?

A. The Harry Potter Studio guided tour includes all the major points of interest inside the attraction like The Forbidden Forest, Platform 9 ¾, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Diagon Alley, The Great Hall, and Dumbledore’s Office, among others.

Q. In what languages are the Harry Potter™ Studio guided tours available?

A. The Harry Potter Studio guided tours are available in English.

Q. What does the Harry Potter™ Studio guided tour cover?

A. The Harry Potter Studio guided tour covers all the major attractions like The Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley, Platform 9 ¾, The Great Hall, and the Gringotts Wizarding Bank, to name a few.

Q. How many people can go on a Harry Potter™ Studio guided tour?

A. It depends on the type of guided tour you book. The Warner Bros. Studio – London Tour with Premium Bus Transfers guided tour will have no more than six people while the Fully Guided Warner Bros. Studio Tour has a maximum capacity of eight guests.

Q. Is a Harry Potter™ Studio guided tour worth it?

A. Yes. The Harry Potter Studio guided tour is worth it because you get a glimpse into how the magical world of Harry Potter was created and how the books became such a huge hit on the silver screen – the sets, iconic props, and costumes. You get to walk in the footsteps of the characters and explore the wizarding world that has been everyone’s favorite and kept them hooked for over a decade.

Q. Do the Harry Potter™ Studio guided tours include skip the line access?

A. The Harry Potter Studio guided tours will allow you priority access to the attraction.

Q. Can I cancel a booked Harry Potter™ Studio guided tour?

A. Yes. You can cancel your Harry Potter Studio guided tour tickets up to 48 hours before the scheduled date and get a full refund.

Q. How long is the Harry Potter™ Studio guided tour?

A. The Harry Potter Studio guided tour is between 5 to 7 hours long, depending on the tour you book.

Q. Are there any discounted tickets for Harry Potter™ Studio guided tours?

A. Infants under 4 years can enter the attraction at an extremely low price of about £10, while children under 15 years can avail of discounted tickets for the Harry Potter Studio guided tours. Other guests can get up to 5% off on their tickets.