18 October 2017

Visiting: Harry Potter Studio Tour

There's something so magical about returning to your childhood as an adult. There's so many times in a day when you feel old, when being an adult can sometimes be too much. When you try to remember what it was like to be a child, not to have to worry about the mortgage, getting your fireplace serviced or when to turn the heating on, you know you've reached full on responsible adult stage. So if you can return to your childhood, even for a few hours, you need to take it.

And while we're on the topic of magic... Let's talk about the Harry Potter Studio Tour. I'm not going to lie, I've been there twice before. So when I went on Saturday I thought I knew what to expect. Well, I was wrong! To be fair, it's been about four or five years since I last went so it was bound to have changed somewhat. 

I grew up on Harry Potter. I remember sitting in class and having the teacher read the first book to us and hating whenever they called time on reading. I also remember they were the first books that got my older brother into reading, and apparently it was the same for my husband. The books were magic, not just about magic, it flowed from the pages and pulled you in. And then the films came out and it was like everything came to life. So when the studio tour launched it was a must for any Potter fan. Whether you were a die hard fan, or just generally enjoyed it, you had to go. For someone whose named their cat after one of the characters it's definitely a must see.

The first couple of times I went I loved it, and didn't think it could get any better. But since my last visit they've made some additions - including the Forbidden Forest, and the Hogwarts Express. I didn't expect to love them as much as I did. If you haven't been before then - spoiler alerts - you see some truly magical sets including the grand hall and Dumbledore's office. However, I don't think I've ever felt magic like I did when I walked onto Platform 9 3/4 and saw the Hogwarts Express. It was never a massive part of the books or films for me, but to be there and see it, it just bought all sorts of feelings up. It was just very, very special.

If you're a Potter fan and you haven't been yet - go. It's a great day out, it transports you back to moments in your childhood and will create memories forever. You can ride broomsticks, take a trip on the Hogwarts Express and taste Butterbeer. Just a tip, don't taste the butterbeer... 

Much love, Lisa May x

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