For the irony, I'd rather know
'Cause blinded I was blindsided.
Blindsided - Bon Iver
I just got back from the Harry potter studio tour. I still can't get over the idea that actual props and sets and costumes in the film are less than thirty minutes away from where I live.
It wasn't the best thing in the world, but it wasn't the worst. The best part was the beginning. If you're planning on going skip past this because I don't want to spoil it for you. But basically the first thing we did was go into this little cinema and watch this introductory film. Right at the end of the film Daniel, Rupert and Emma were talking in front of the doors that go into the great hall and then they walked into the doors. Then it was so good because the screen rose up and underneath it was the actual doors. It was so good because it was so unexpected.
And then there were sets like the gryffindor common room and the dormitry, dumbledore's office, potions class room, hagrids hut and other places too. Hagrid's hut was so weird because it was really small but the sign said they made it really small to make hagrid look bigger, there were even several versions of the motor bike, full sized ones and then there was a small one too. They even had this place where they showed you how they made quidditch possible and there was an oppurtunity to ride a broomstick but there was a 45 minute wait and 1 picture cost £12.
Then there was the knight bus, privet drive and the hogwarts bridge in this little outside bit and they sold butter beer which was so good. But it tasted like a cream soda float and definitely wasn't worth £2.95 for a small cup.
After that there was this bit which showed you how all of the creatures were made which included like all of the goblins and mandrakes. Then they showed how they made buckbeak, some of it was this model which actually moved which was so cool.
After that was diagon alley. I was actually really disappointed by this part because at the beginning of the street it said something about how they re-made it for this. Then there was the art department and the drawings they did of the sets were insanely good and then there were loads of white card models of sets, and hogwarts and props too. Then there was the model of hogwarts it was huge and so amazing. All the shots of hogwarts in the films were done with this model, it was so detailed and the lights even changed to show night and day and at night all of the lights came on and that was pretty cool. The last part of the tour showed all of the wand boxes from Olivanders. The room was packed full of them. Apparently they made about 17,000 wand boxes and they were all hand made.
I wanted to buy something from the shop at the end but it was all so ridiculously expensive. They had a deathly hallows necklace but it cost £50 :(
I took a load of pictures but they need editing because they lighting was kind of shitty. I'll try and upload them tomorrow, or I'll post a link or something.
And I got to wear my deathly hallows top. My mum said I should have made loads and then sold them outside for like £20.
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Oh and I forgot to mention, I won the hipster category in polyvore's choice awards and I wanted to say thanks to anyone who voted for me. :)