“You see, some things I can teach you. Some you learn from books. But there are things that, well, you have to see and feel.”
– Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Emily Wing Smith
One of the most inspiration play-writes past away today…I’m am sad.
— Sam Shepard in conversation with Clare Dwyer-Hogg, 2013
(I found this on Bustle)
“When you consider all the writers who never even had a machine. Who would have given an eyeball for a good typewriter. Any typewriter. All the ones who wrote on a matchbook covers. Paper bags. Toilet paper. Who had their writing destroyed by their jailers. Who persisted beyond all odds.”
– Sam Shepard, True West
A confession…I love Harry Potter. I’m a Potter Nerd.
In a wonderful and brilliant surprise birthday treat my lovely sister took me to the Warner Brother’s Happy Potter Studios.
I nearly vomited with excitement when I found out. Once I calmed down this is what we experienced.
Firstly, you need to book ahead. There are specific time slots and if you don’t book you will not get in. Also if you miss your time…you don’t get in! So we headed over to Watford in good time and caught the transfer bus from just outside the station. It is easy to find and only costs £2.50 return.
Once we arrive and collect our tickets, we are early so head in to the gift shop. Everything that you can imagine from the Potter world can be found in here. There are time-turners, Hogwarts uniforms (in all the house colours), chocolate frogs and wands!
Our time comes and we line up for the tour, I won’t give away any spoilers but the start of the tour is great! We the wander in the Great Hall (epp!!) and then out into the heart of the studios. There are costumes, sets, props, make up and interactive segments. At the moment the Forbidden Forrest is the new attraction and the explanations of how the creepy woods were created is really great.
Next we head into the food hall area and get our butter beer…I’m not sure about it to be honest…but butter beer ice cream! Yes, just yes!
Then we see some of the outdoor sets before heading back inside to the Hogwarts’ Express. It is worth the line to head in to the train and have a look, each of the carriages are dresses for the films that they appear in. On to the special effects area, so cool, real artistic genius.
And the end….well that is a surprise. Go see it.
Even if you are not a Harry Potter fan you should go, the information that is available about the ways in which the world is created is really interesting.
My little nerd heart is perfectly buzzing at the end of the experience and I can’t wait to go back.