The Harry Potter Museum near London, created by Warner Bros. in 2012, is one of the most visited museums in the world, with up to 5,500 visitors a day. Under its roof there are hundreds of exhibits, dozens of locations where episodes of the famous film were shot.
The creators felt sorry to destroy the magnificent sets, costumes and special effects equipment, and decided to save them. And not just keep them, but also earn good money on it, pleasing their numerous guests at the same time.
What to see
The museum consists of the pavilions where the shooting took place – the Great Hall of Hogwarts, the Forbidden Forest, Platform 9 3/4 with the Hogwarts Express, part of Cosmic Alley and others. All of these are rendered with stunning detail.
Even more immersive are the props – the characters’ costumes, dishes, paintings, and scenes from the movie performed by mannequins.
Especially impressive is the huge Hogwarts model, which was created by 40 designers.
The trip around the museum takes about 3 hours, you can buy an early ticket and walk around longer - no one will kick you out. When buying a ticket, you can order an audio guide in your native language.
The next pavilion debunks myths about magic and shows how special effects were filmed. For example, a green screen, against which wonders are “drawn” with the help of a computer.
Part of the exposition is outdoors – a wooden Hogwarts bridge, a three-story bus.
In the animatronics zone, Beak-wing, Aragog spider and other animals come to life, and there are also artificial “doublers” of some heroes, such as Dumbledore himself.
Latecomers will not be admitted to the museum! You must arrive in advance - no later than 20 minutes before the time indicated on the ticket.
The museum has a cafe, picnic areas, and stores with Harry Potter souvenirs.
Address: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Leavesden, WD25 7LR Website.
Getting there: Take a suburban train from London Euston station (journey time approximately 20 minutes), Birmingham New Street station (1 hour) to Watford Junction. From there, a double-decker Potterian-style shuttle bus leaves every 20 minutes (15-minute ride).
Buy your museum ticket online (travel from London to the studio is included).
Important: tickets can only be ordered on the museum website or from the British Tourist Board, they are not sold on the spot. Tickets cost 47GBP for adults, 358GBP for children 5-15 years old, children under 5 years old are free, but you must book a ticket for them. Prices on the page are for April 2021.