Harry Potter Studios

2/5 Warner Bros. Studio Tour – the Making of Harry Potter, Leavesden

Can you call yourself a true Potterhead if you haven’t taken the Warner Bros. Studio Tour at least once? Technically not. But this year you could get away with the oversight by claiming you were saving it for a 20th anniversary celebration.

Cunning like that will put you in the right frame of mind to explore the hallowed studios where every Harry Potter film was made from 2001 to 2011 – often in production while the books were still being written. From the Hogwarts Great Hall to Platform 9¾, the sets are eerily amazing in real life. Second only to seeing transformative masks, prosthetics, makeup and costumes; riding on broomsticks; drinking tankards of Butterbeer and being fully immersed in the wonderful world of wizarding. What better way to say happy 20th this June?

When: from 8.30am to 4.30pm, seven days – advance booking is essential

Where: Warner Bros. Studio, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden WD25; 20 miles north-west of London off M1 or M25. Nearest station Watford Junction

Cost: Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) from £126

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