Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day 9 - Warner Bros Studios - The Making of Harry Potter

This is an entry that I was most excited to write about!! As some of you may know I'm a Harry Potter freak (yes, at my ripe age, still loving Harry Potter, always), so, being able to see the props that was used in the movie sent me over the moon!

We left our hotel around 7.30 a.m, took a cab (I was travelling with my parents, so they decided that splurging on cabs was a better option than losing their legs from walking too much) to the bus stop to take a bus that will eventually take us straight to the WB studios. We had quite a trouble locating the the exact location of the stop, luckily, the kind hearted cab driver, called WB studios for us, asking them the exact location of the stop, and made sure we got on the right bus. He's so kind I was about to burst into tears.

If you visit London, and decide to give this place a visit (which I highly recommend), I suggest that you do what we did, and purchase a package tour, which includes both the transportation and entrance ticket to the studio. The slight drawback to it is that you can only have a limited amount of time in the studio, because the bus arrives and leaves at a certain time. But being tourists, renting  a car or getting a cab there was way more of a hassle (and not to mention expensive for us. So this was the most affordable and convenient way.


The S Stop on Dorset square, where busses going to the WB studios stop.

If you ever plan on going to WB studios from London, look for this building, the S stop is located right across it.

We pre-purchased the tickets online (you can do so here and get more information of the attraction here), and once the bus arrived, we showed the proof of payment (which was sent to us via email once we've completed the transaction) to the bus conductor, and he gave us the tickets in return.  I could hardly contain my excitement having those tickets in my hands.

Yayyyyyy!! 

The bus ride took quite a while, about 1 and a half hour, since the studio was located far from London. But it was all worth it once we arrived there. We booked the 10 am tour (the first tour was at 9 am), so, when we got there the place was still quite deserted!

Oh hai.
We waited around in the reception area for a little bit, waiting for the tour to start, so we took pictures. The reception area alone was sooooo awesome. I was so excited I almost  wet my pants.

Honeydukes you guyssss!



Oh well, hello. If it isn't the flying ford anglia in the background.
After waiting for about 15 minutes berlegar legar in the waiting area, it was anounced that we can finally line up to get into the studio. The area where we lined up was also awesome. Banyak HP related things along the line.

The Dursleys family potrait.

The bedroom under the stairs.
After waiting for another 10minutes (and jumping up and down in excitement all the while), we finally get to see the Hogwarts main entrance and enter the great hall!!!! I will let the pictures speak for itself from here on.

Piertotum Locomotor! Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!
Gryffindor and Slytherin gargoyles
The boys' dormitories
Revolving staircase, a.k.a entrance to the principle's office
Potions class in the dungeon



Diagon Alley!


Weasley's Wizard Wheezes

Hogwarts model

With Hogwarts' architect

The thing with The Making Of Harry Potter is though, once you have exited the exhibition area, you can't re-enter it. So you have to make sure that you were really done with it, that you have had enough of it before you get out. However, we purchased a 2-way bus ticket, our bus would be leaving at 1.30, we had no choice but to be done with it (to make some time for shopping. har har). Once we were done with the first part of the exhibition area, we felt a little bit hungry, so we decided to have some lunch. We had the usual sandwiches and crisps, and washed it down with, to my delight, Butterbeers!

Butterbeer stand!


Yummy butterbeer!

After lunch, on to the next exhibition area we went.



The Riddles' tomb

Choosing my wand - or rather, letting the wand choose me


Hogwarts bridge


After we made sure that we were done with the exhibition spaces, well, we weren't actually done, but we had to get going if we wanted to make time for shopping, we headed straight to the souvenir shop, which of course, sent me to a fresh round of frenzy.

There were so many things I have always wished I had, but I couldn't have, because it is hard to obtain in Malaysia. They sold a wide range of HP merchandise from chocolate frogs, to wands, robes and brooms. It was amazing.

It was so hard for me to decide what I actually wanted to buy, but in the end I settled for the Hallows: The resurrection stone in the form of Gaunt's ring, and the Elder Wand. Would've bought the invisibility cloak too, but they didn't have it. lol. I managed to sneak in time turner and hallow keychain into my mother's cart too. My brother and sister who isn't even a HP fan, bought both bought the Hogwarts robe. I was pretty envious of that. Haish.



Ressurection Stone!

Time Turner!

The Elder Wand

Harry's wand in the form of a pen.

Grindelwald's sign aka The Hallows

Didn't buy this one in UK but, a shout out to my golden snitch necklace! LOL



We spent a loooong time in the souvenir shop. In fact, I advice that if you're planning to buy the same tour package that we did, make sure that you put aside plenty of time for shopping. You really wouldn't want to miss it.

We barely made it to the bus home. hahahaha. The journey back also took about one and a half hour. And although we had crisps and sandwiches, we were absolutely famished by the time we got back to London. So we decided to find a halal Thai restaurant we can have early dinner in (I made sure to google Halal places to eat in London before hand because I have had it with cold sandwiches and crisps). However, because it was only 4 pm, it was still closed. So we decided to just head back to the hotel, and have hot tea to fill our stomach before we can make dinner reservations.

Looking at the list of restaurants I have picked, we decided to call Tuk Din to make a reservation for 5. We hailed 2 cabs, at around 7.30 to get to Tuk Din, and I'm telling you, after a week of sandwiches and the odd cakes and muffins, the first taste of Malay food tasted like a piece of heaven! Everybody went absolutely quiet during the meal, and savored the feast we had before our eyes. It was pure bliss.





After the hearty dinner and a long day, we felt all warm and sleepy, so we decided to call it a day, and head back to the hotel to get some rest, ready for the adventure the next day.

Till the next entry!

XOs

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