Alright I know last post I said I think I fell in love with Iowa, but after spending last week in London, I think I fell in love with London. I also think I have what you call “Grass is always greener” syndrome (at least that’s my official diagnosis). Anyway I don’t want to bore you with an hour-by-hour recap of my London Adventures but here are some of the highlights.
1. Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour. After taking the red eye to London and landing at 7 am, I dropped off my luggage at the flat (so cool typing “flat”) and headed out to find the WB Studio for an 11:30 am tour. Let me say, the studio was not IN London. It took me three tubes lines, one above-ground train, and a bus to get to the Warner Bros Studio. I also went by myself (which might be slightly creepy to you non-HP fans, but I was fine with it), and while I think I’m pretty good with directions, it was a little confusing traveling so far outside of London (I had never been there before) on little sleep and a small amount of caffeine.
Did I have high expectations going into the tour? Yes. I basically thought I was going to get a wand, dress robes, and start doing magic right away. Dream Big People, Dream Big. So when I saw the outside of the WB Studio (see below), I knew I had to start re-evaluating my expectations.
To be fair, the whole tour was very well organized, and the staff is super friendly (or at least their British accents make it seem like they are friendly). The first 30 minutes of the tour is with a tour guide, the next 2 to 3 hours you are free to wander by yourself. (Less its a 3 and a half hour tour…I don’t think 80% of the parents who were there knew that. You could see the terror in their faces when the tour guide announced that.)
Anyway, first stop was The Great Hall. It was a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be be, but still pretty cool none the less.
I won’t bore you to death with the millions of photos I took of all the sets. But here is one of the Weasley kitchen that I thought was neat to see all the details that goes into the sets.
I obviously had to try the Butterbeer (half way through the tour) even though it was 5 POUNDS (aka 7.75 DOLLARS). It wasn’t even real beer. And wasn’t it REAL BEER in Harry Potter? I’m 99% sure Hermione was drunk in HP and the Half Blood Prince?? Can some other super HP fan, please confirm this?
It tasted like a cream soda with whipped cream on top.
Overall, I would give the tour a 9/10. I thought everything was really great, well-organized and impressive, but like I said I thought I was going to be able to do magic by the end of the tour.
Alright I have decided to make London into two posts, since I seriously have to get to work now and stop blogging about my love for Harry Potter.
DO YOU LOVE HARRY POTTER?