A Return to the Harry Potter Studio Tour

We returned recently to the Harry Potter Studios, after having first visited in April 2017. The difference this time was that (1) we went with friends, (2) Gringotts Bank is now open for business and (3) Warner Bros has upped its game considerably when it comes to entertaining visitors with autism.

Hogwarts bound

The biggest surprise was that as I am officially registered as The Boy Child’s carer, I was not charged for my ticket. I recommend looking through the section on visitors with disabilities on the website and then calling, rather than booking online. Every ‘interactor’ we came into contact with was kind, helpful and keen for The Boy Child to have the best experience possible. In our case, this predominately meant help with queuing but, again, ask for help with your particular difficulty.

About to enter the Great Hall

The new section housing Gringotts Bank is superb; it has real ‘wow’ factor and I had a hard time remembering that it was a set and not a ‘real’ building.

Gringotts’ banking hall

Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. (I’m saving that photo for the next Photography Scavenger Hunt link up). The attention to detail always astounds me. 

At the end of our visit, The Boy Child gave it full marks and said that it was “great not to be made to feel a freak”.

So, all in all, our visit was a huge success and Warner Bros is to commended on the work it has done on welcoming visitors of all abilities.

12 thoughts on “A Return to the Harry Potter Studio Tour

  1. That’s so great to hear – and that your young man could give it the thumbs up too is a ringing endorsement. We have never been, but I am desperate to take my grandsons one of these years. I am sure they’d be thrilled to return home with a ‘Have you seen these wizards?’ poster. Thank-you for such great photos – they really give an anticipatory flavour to those of us who haven’t been yet. Over 7K Hufflepuff cups? Looking forward to this!

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  2. Glad you all enjoyed it so much. It made me teary reading your son’s comment. I wish all places were as thoughtful and welcoming to all guests. Great photos btw.

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  3. I want to go. I cannot wait to see your SPSH Harry Potter find. Sometimes when we watch the movies, we pause on a certain scene to just look at all the backdrop details. Prof Dumbledore’s office is so intriguing. TBC’s comment is unfortunately bang on, in a world where sameness is rewarded, it’s wonderful to find a place of belonging & not having to change, just so you can fit in.

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  4. Bravo to Harry Potter Studios – I’m so pleased that it was such an enjoyable experience for you all (although TBC’s comment at the end brought a lump to my throat) I’m hoping that when Leo is old enough to understand HP he’ll let his nanny take him to the tour as I’d love to go but don’t have a suitably aged child to accompany me!

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