I was invited to attend the new costumes exhibtion at Harry Potter Studios Leavesden and every time I visit there it just get more magical.
Upon hearing the iconic Harry Potter theme song that many people have grown up listening to and wishing they were a wizard, it sends shivers down your spine.
Watching the well-known actors speak before the tour begins shows just how magical the world of Harry Potter is.
The screen then lifts and you’re there. At the entrance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – then the fun begins.
If people haven’t been there before, there is just so much too see. Whether it’s how the made the costumes, hats, props, set designs, creatures, Quidditch – it’s all right there for everyone to enjoy.
At the exhibition, we met with costume designer, Laurent Guinci, who designed many of the costumes worn by the cast including that of Rita Skeeter.
Also, hair & make-up artists Lisa Tomblin and Amanda Knight demonstrated how Harry’s iconic lightning bolt scar was applied and how the look of Bellatrix LaStrange was created.
Milliner Philip Treacy was also there and allowed guests to try on the Iconic Beauxbatons hat and learn how it was brought from sketch to screen.
One particular new attraction that I found amazingly fun was sitting inside the costume of Professor Slughorn when he turned himself into a chair.
You are able to climb inside and see how actor Jim Broadbent had to do it for the movie.
Follow my Instagram @steveb4567 to see how I got inside the chair
Travelling around the studios, you can see how Quidditch was brought to life and are able to walk through the latest attraction, the Forbidden Forest, where friendly Buckbeak is there greeting you and the giant spider Aragok is hiding as well.
Then you turn a corner and there it is, the Hogwarts Express, the beautiful, red train that transports Harry and his friends from Platform 9 3/4 to Hogwarts.
There is so much to see at the studios, the Dursley’s house, how Dobby came to life, Diagon Alley, it’s overwhelming.
At the end of the tour, you do feel sad that the magic is ending but they leave you with the last bit of magic.
The giant sculpture of Hogwarts which was used in the films. As you walk around the theme song is played again and you begin to feel a sense of excitement and sadness.
This collection of books and films brought so many joy to people of all ages and they continue to still do.
A fantastic tour and definitely worth paying a visit!