“Let us step into the night and pursue
that flighty temptress,
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.
A couple of years ago we headed off for a weekend in the highlands. This is a hazy half remembered reminiscence of that wonderful trip.
We started in Edinburgh which is a wonderful old city. The buildings are stately and imposing and keep the city looking elegant. The walk up to the castle is like stepping back in time, the castle an imposing sight. Well worth the cue and the cost to get in and explore.
From Edinburgh we head up through Glenroth and on to Aberfeldy. Aberfeldy is a small and cute market town with a distillery, the main attraction is the Wade Bridge. Its a town from a chocolate tin lid.
Back on the road and we head into the highlands proper. The whole landscape is different to anything else that I have ever experienced. Apart from the heather which turns the ground purple, it feels almost barren but still manages to be devastatingly beautiful.
After wandering in fields of heather we’re back on the move and make it up to Inverness for dinner (haggis of course). We walk beside the river as the sunsets and watch the lights of the bridge change colour.
The next morning we make it to Loch Ness wherefor some mad reason we take a swim. Locals are in full 5mm wet suits as we wonder in, in our swimmers. Its freezing, we turn blue and get out pretty quickly.
The more I reminisce about this trip and remember the amazing-ness of the place and the craziness of seeing the Hogwarts Express…well we might just have to go back and do it all again.
This beautiful little museum tucked up in the Royal College of Surgeons is open Tuesday – Saturdays 10am to 5pm. It is well worth an hour or two of your time. Even if it does feel a little bit of a shame when the sun is out and the sky so blue, but then again the Lincoln Fields is such a beautiful place in any case that the walk from tube to museum it beautiful and lush!
The museum its self is pack full of human and animal samples, the walls are shimmering with jars, it is a treasure trove of amazing things! The museum is quite small and spread over two floors, the nerd in me feels as if this place is the “Hall of Prophesy” from Harry Potter!
There are the macabre and the intriguing. There are lions’ pelvises and giant’s skeleton, lizard innards and syphilitic skulls! Perhaps not a place for the squeamish or those likely to pass out due to the insides of peoples.
I confess I love the place, I have been hearing lots of times and will definitely be heading back again. It has free entry and there are talks on various interesting subjects. The website is http://www.hunterianmuseum.org/ and is full of information.