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This blog has been 3 days coming but I've been a bit busy editing and uploading my 250+ photos to facebook. Cough, yes that's right. Instead of doing it all in one day like I would've done when I was 18, I made the wise decision to save my eyes a little bit and do it over 3 days.
What can I say? WELL worth the £28 you pay for the initial ticket. For me personally, the tour guide that you can get (if you book a bundle pack online, you can get the tour ticket and guide and save £5 I think) wasn't really worth the money but then again I've got a massive Harry Potter film guide at home. I'd recommend waiting til you get to the tour and check the guide in the gift shop at the end of the tour to see if it's worth it for yourself.
The tour is split over 3 different areas. The first one deals with mainly the Hogwarts sets, although you do get to see the Weasley's cottage, the Ministry of Magic, the tapestry from Grimmauld Place (although as a Sirius girl I'd have loved to see more of this set). There's a lot of the costumes from all the films, from characters who only appear in one film to outfits worn by Harry, Ron and Hermione throughout the entire series.
There are also wigs and makeup and props like broomsticks, vehicles, Daily Prophets, golden snitches, the Philosopher's Stone, wands... the list goes on for ages. There's also some good photo oppertunities, which is why I recommend to go as a pair at a minimum. Although it's worth pointing out here a lot of the actual sets are fenced off so you can't walk through them but replica settings are there for the photos, such as a spare bench in the Great Hall specifically set there for pictures.
The second area takes you outside. At this point there's a food and drink area where you can try butterbeer (I didn't). You can also take photos with Hagrid/Sirius' motorbike, the Knight Bus and the blue Ford Anglia. You also see the Riddles grave, Privet Drive, the Potter's cottage in Godric's Hollow, McGonagall's chess pieces and the Hogwarts Bridge.
The third area is devoted to the design aspect of Harry Potter. So expect to see miniatures, original artwork, anamatronics for the weid and wonderful creatures like Dobby, Kreacher, werewolf Lupin, Aragog (watch out for him, he appears out of nowhere when you least expect it!) and then my personal favourite part of the tour, Diagon Alley.
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