Friday, September 27, 2013

Notes on the Harry Potter Filming Studios

This one is for you Ashley!

If you ever have the amazing opportunity to go to London, three things need to be at the top of your to-see list.  The first is Portobollo Road, a famous road filled with true English character and a world famous antiques market every Saturday.  Get there early to beat the crowds and bring cash to purchase your fabulous finds!!  The second is Buckingham Palace with the audio guide.  The palace is gorgeous and you learn so much about the current English monarchy. In pure English fashion, you are given timed arrivals so it is never over crowded.

And the third is the Harry Potter Film Studios Tour. The Studios are outside of London, but easily accessible by train.  The Studios tour picks you up on a  double-decker bus and takes you the rest of the way. The audio tour is also a must and it is self guided so you can spend as much time as you want with your favorite things!  They also let you browse the gift shop while you wait for your time tour to begin (It is twice the size of a Gap Outlet) so you know exactly what you want when your tour ends.  I found a limited edition set design sketch print that I love!! Oh and peppermint toads.  Peppermint toads are a must.  Unlike a lot of the famous landmarks in London, the encourage pictures here, so be sure to bring it (and maybe an extra memory card!)

 I'll let the pictures do the talking for the rest of it!

Before the Tour

 Great Hall Set

 Costume/Props/Set Pieces

 Special Effects

  Backlot Sets

 Make Up

 Diagon Alley Set

 Artwork Planning

Hogwarts Live Scaled Model 

I don't think I'll ever get enough Harry Potter!!!

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