A trip to Hogwarts

On Saturday, Alex and I headed up to Watford and boarded a bus to Hogwarts. (As a side note, my lovely sister Katie was meant to accompany us, but was struck down with the lurgy and couldn’t make it. Which sucked.)

Alex was still very excited though.

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We’re both massive Harry Potter fans, and I have memories of racing through each book as a child, eagerly awaiting the next release and then going to the cinema with my family to see the latest film. I’m still waiting for my letter from Hogwarts…maybe it’s lost in the post.

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Basically the whole thing was amazing. I took so many photos, so here are a selection of my favourites. It’s a pretty pricey day out but SO worth it, especially for fellow Haz P fans.

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You start by stepping into the Great Hall.

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Alex insists I belong in this house. I beg to differ.

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There are so many costumes. All of them beautifully hand crafted.

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Oh Ron. You and your dress robes.

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Apparently Umbridge’s (BOO) costumes got progressively pinker the more power she gained…

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Stepping onto the sets was incredible. First up, the Griffindor Common Room. They wanted to make it look as cosy as possible, to contrast with Harry’s time in the cupboard under the stairs. They did a pretty good job, I’d love to sink into one of those chairs in front of the fire and have a flick through Hogwarts, A History.

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The boys’ dormitory…

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The Leaky Cauldron…

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The dreaded proclamations, before the Weasley twins destroyed them all…

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Hagrid’s Hut (complete with Fang).

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The Potions Room.

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The Burrow (including some magical items helping out with the housework).

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The Ministry of Magic.

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Mad-Eye Moody’s prison…

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And of course, Dumbledore’s Office!

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Oh hi, Sorting Hat.

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Spot Richard Harris’ costume in the background?

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There was a cabinet full of trinkets and treasures, which I spent ages poring over.

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The clock was ticking…

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So we headed outside for some fresh air and…BUTTERBEER.

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We’d heard mixed things about Butterbeer, so opted for one to share. I have to say, although it was very sweet, it was pretty tasty. Kind of like an ice-cream soda.

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There were a whole host of treats to enjoy (and squeal about) outside.

The Knight Bus!

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The Weasley’s infamous Ford Anglia.

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The Hogwarts Bridge.

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The Potter’s Cottage (so sad!).

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And of course, Number 4 Privet Drive.

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We also met a very special someone, hanging around outside. Hi Hedwig!

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We finished our Butterbeer, said goodbye to Hedwig (or Elmo, as he’s actually called) and went back inside. Where we were greeted with lots of interesting creatures.

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RIP Dobby…

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We turned the corner and stepped into…DIAGON ALLEY. Finally, I could pick up all my school supplies!

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It was awesome, all the shops were there, it was like being IN THE FILM.

We walked into another room and stumbled across this…

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A scale model of the entire castle. It was incredible and has to be seen to be believed. You could walk all the way around and see the amazing detail in all its glory.

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Next up, the wand room. A wand for every single person who worked on the film. There were thousands of them in there!

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Then finally, the gift shop, where we could have easily spent a fortune. We restricted ourselves to some sweet treats, however.

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Go to Watford and visit Hogwarts. It’s an amazing day out and you’ll leave a bigger Potter fan than ever.

 

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