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A Trip to Harry Potter World, Leavesden, Hertfordshire - 16th February 2020

Part of the Boys' Christmas present was tickets to Harry Potter World - the tour of the actual sets and props at the Warner studios in Leavesden. The tour is on the Sunday afternoon, but it's half term so we stay over at a Premier Inn which is just off the M25 and only a few miles away. It's a surprisingly interesting tour, and some of the sets are highly impressive in their scale and attention to detail. Hogwarts' Great Hall, for instance, has a real stone floor, whilst Gringott's bank is full of realistic fake marble and massive chandeliers. One of the highlights is the model at the end of the whole of Hogwarts - the detail is just stunning - whilst the lowlight has to be the weather on the way out: the rain is horizontal and shreds our faces as we walk across the exposed car park back to the car. But first we get a late lunch in the next-door Beafeater, where the service is sporadic but the location is great, as it's in an old mill with a still working (well, it goes round) waterwheel.

next album: HMS Belfast and the South Bank, Southwark, London - 17th February 2020
previous album: Clip and Climb, The Havens, Ipswich - 15th February 2020

2020 We pile out of the car

We pile out of the car

2020 Isobel looks back as we check in

Isobel looks back as we check in

2020 Harry installs himself in the room

Harry installs himself in the room

2020 The mill's water wheel

The mill's water wheel

2020 Fred and Nosher play dominoes

Fred and Nosher play dominoes

2020 A duck waddles around outside

A duck waddles around outside

2020 Fred roams around getting some photos

Fred roams around getting some photos

2020 We head back to the room for a bit

We head back to the room for a bit

2020 Abbey Road outside the studios

Abbey Road outside the studios

2020 Harry and Fred

Harry and Fred

2020 Isobel takes a pic of Harry

Isobel takes a pic of Harry

2020 Tourists do selfies outside the front of the studio

Tourists do selfies outside the front of the studio

2020 One of the chess pieces

One of the chess pieces

2020 A massive dragon hangs in the entrance

A massive dragon hangs in the entrance

2020 One of the many 'shopping opportunities'

One of the many 'shopping opportunities'

2020 The sweet shop

The sweet shop

2020 Sweet flavours, including Rotten Egg and Soap

Sweet flavours, including Rotten Egg and Soap

2020 The gang looks at wands

The gang looks at wands

2020 Fred looks at wands

Fred looks at wands

2020 Harry's home under the stairs

Harry's home under the stairs

2020 The entrance to the great hall

The entrance to the great hall

2020 Hogwart's Great Hall

Hogwart's Great Hall

2020 Some of the film costumes on display

Some of the film costumes on display

2020 A big fireplace

A big fireplace

2020 The Great Hall

The Great Hall

2020 Dumbledore's lecturn

Dumbledore's lecturn

2020 There's some impressive custom-made tapestry around

There's some impressive custom-made tapestry around

2020 An impressive prop in the style of Brighton Pavillion

An impressive prop in the style of Brighton Pavillion

2020 The boys look around

The boys look around

2020 Harry's dormitory

Harry's dormitory

2020 The outsides of the sets are like unfinished buildings

The outsides of the sets are like unfinished buildings

2020 Fred in the mirror

Fred in the mirror

2020 One of the prop makers talks about wands

One of the prop makers talks about wands

2020 The common room

The common room

2020 A sign from the film

A sign from the film

2020 Dumbledore's office

Dumbledore's office

2020 Snape's lab

Snape's lab

2020 The Ford Anglia

The Ford Anglia

2020 Impressive fake tiles in the Ministry of Magic

Impressive fake tiles in the Ministry of Magic

2020 Harry and Fred pose by Buckbeak

Harry and Fred pose by Buckbeak

2020 In the fake King's Cross station, but with a real train

In the fake King's Cross station, but with a real train

2020 Fred pushes his trolley through the wall

Fred pushes his trolley through the wall

2020 The Hogwart's Express

The Hogwart's Express

2020 Outside the Railway Shop

Outside the Railway Shop

2020 Stuffed versions of Harry and Ron

Stuffed versions of Harry and Ron

2020 An impressive King's Cross

An impressive King's Cross

2020 The Knight Bus

The Knight Bus

2020 Fred and Harry on the Knight Bus

Fred and Harry on the Knight Bus

2020 Harry on the bus

Harry on the bus

2020 The house set only goes so far

The house set only goes so far

2020 A recreation of the letters

A recreation of the letters

2020 4 Privet Drive, and next door

4 Privet Drive, and next door

2020 Fred on a motorbike

Fred on a motorbike

2020 The gang in the Ford Anglia

The gang in the Ford Anglia

2020 A shelf full of troll heads

A shelf full of troll heads

2020 The amazing set of Gringott's bank

The amazing set of Gringott's bank

2020 Fred poses

Fred poses

2020 The intricate locking mechanism was so well made it is still going

The intricate locking mechanism was so well made it is still going

2020 A pile of treasure

A pile of treasure

2020 Harry and Isobel in treasure

Harry and Isobel in treasure

2020 Fred grabs a sword

Fred grabs a sword

2020 A dragon destroys Gringott's Bank, in quite a convincing effect

A dragon destroys Gringott's Bank, in quite a convincing effect

2020 Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

2020 Harry presses his passport

Harry presses his passport

2020 Roaming around on Diagon Alley

Roaming around on Diagon Alley

2020 A story-board artist shows off some stuff

A story-board artist shows off some stuff

2020 Harry and Isobel look at story boards

Harry and Isobel look at story boards

2020 The amazing Hogwart's model

The amazing Hogwart's model

2020 The model detail is incredible

The model detail is incredible

2020 Millions of wands in boxes

Millions of wands in boxes

2020 We get a foretaste of the lashing rain

We get a foretaste of the lashing rain

2020 We warm up a bit in the bar

We warm up a bit in the bar

2020 Harry and Fred are on devices again

Harry and Fred are on devices again

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We pile out of the car

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