Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Harry Potter et Al

As my have got older children, it has become increasingly difficult to find a day out that will appeal to all the family. So, faced with a rare day recently when we were all at home and looking for somewhere to visit, the solution came from an unlikely source; a bespectacled boy, a geeky girl and their nerdy friend (sorry Ron!). 

My children have grown up with the Harry Potter books and the sounds of Stephen Fry’s erudite narration have accompanied us on many memorable holidays in the past. On some occasions, we have been so engrossed with the story that we have remained in the car long after we have reached our destination.

I, for one, am rather attached to Harry and his companions and their antics at Hogwarts School. My family agrees and when J.K. Rowling’s much loved characters were brought to life on film, we were among the first in the cinema. Years later, the box sets still come out on wintry evenings when we are all at home and remain among our favourites. 

Warner Brothers Studio Tour was therefore a popular choice for our day out and it didn’t disappoint. I didn’t know what to expect from the moment we arrive we were transported back into that the magical world of Harry and his friends.

The film sets are amazing and the attention to detail is second to none. From the famous costumes right down to those all-important, handmade wands.

I loved being able to walk in Harry, Ron and Hermione’s footsteps through the Great Hall and along Diagon Alley to Gringotts Bank. 

Even the items in the gift shop are of a higher quality than you would normally find, although not cheap.

For Harry Potter fans this is a must. If you are looking for a day that the whole family can enjoy, I would thoroughly recommend it.