Sunday, 25 February 2018

Off to Hogwarts

I am, as I'm sure many of you are, a huge Harry Potter fan. I grew up with both the books and films, and still take a comfort in the world Rowling created. 

However, despite living in the UK, I still hadn't been to the studios in London, where they have all of the classic sets: Diagon Alley, Privet Drive - you name it! 

So, for Christmas, I bought tickets for both myself and my mum to go this February. We had a fab time, and were amazed at the detail of the sets created for the films. 

The tour started with the entrance to the great hall, which really set the tone, as it is such an iconic part of the films in general. 

The hall itself was beautiful. It really felt as if you were in the great hall, and completely detracted away from the feeling of a film-set.

I think one of the things that really struck me was the craftmanship that went into making the costumes; such care was taken over everything, even if it would appear for a few seconds, or not even appear at all, in the end! This was evident everywhere, but it struck me first here.

As you turned the corner, you could see the costumes and items from the Yule Ball, which were GORGEOUS. The Goblet of Fire is, most probably, my favourite film, especially the scene where Hermione walks down the stairs in the dress below, so it was amazing to be able to see them so closely.

The makeup department had such a tricky job; I was amazed by the fact that most of the characters wore wigs, as I assumed the majority would have their natural hair, even if it was dyed! There were parts of this that made me realise what a big job the department had, such as ensuring Daniel Radcliffe's scar was in the same place for every single scene... wow.

The beds in the boys' dormitory were tiny; we heard somebody saying that their length didn't change for the series of films, so by the end, if they were lying straight on the bed, their feet would fall off the end!

I loved this set; the labels and the content of the jars were so believable. 

Hagrid's Hut actually smelt like I would imagine it to, which was really strange. It had a musty/woody kind of smell.

Anyone for a game of Quidditch?

These are the oil paintings I was talking about earlier, the detail was amazing! I loved the inside jokes that the designers had as well; some of the portraits would be based on members of the team, or their names would be made up of the people working on the films. I think it gave everything a personal touch.

The Burrow; this was one of my favourite sets; I would quite happily live there!

We can all admit that Umbridge is the most hated character, forget Voldemort!

The set of the Forbidden Forest really showed the efforts of the creative departments; there was a diagram which showed the stages of painting the trees. There were so many steps and by the end they were so lifelike! It involved processes such as adding coloured sawdust to the material, in order to replicate the texture of lichen on the bark. Also, Buckbeak was incredibly beautiful and so realistic.

Anything from the trolley, dears?

It's gonna be a bumpy ride!

Potter's Cottage.

The little details in Privet Drive made me laugh!

The processes of creating smaller elements of costume were also shown in detail. Hats, so many hats!

Diagon Alley, I could've spent all day in this set alone. There was so much to take in whilst looking through the windows and at all of the signs.

Last of all and, arguably, the best bit: the Hogwarts model. A camera lens can't do this justice, trust me!

Have you been to the Harry Potter Studios in London? If so - what was your favourite set/part of the tour?