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 in the process.
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 model of Hogwarts, which was created by 40 designers.
The journey through the museum takes about 3 hours, you can buy an early ticket and walk around a bit longer – no one will kick you out. When buying a ticket, you can order an audio guide in Russian.
The next pavilion debunks myths about magic and shows how special effects were filmed. For example, a green screen on the background of which they “draw” wonders 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 characters, such as Dumbledore himself.
Latecomers are not allowed in the museum! Come in advance – no later than 20 minutes before the time specified in the ticket.
The museum has a cafe, picnic areas, and stores with Harry Potter souvenirs.
Address: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Leavesden, WD25 7LR.
How to get there: take a suburban train from London Euston station (journey about 20 minutes), from 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 43 GBP for an adult, 35 GBP for a child 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 November 2018.