My last day in UK was very special, because I went to northwest from London
and after 2 hours I came to another “world”.
Welcome to Leavesden- small town in Hertfordshire county, with 5000 population.
In this town you can find Nothing. Nothing on streets and Nothing in local stores.
Leavesden is absolutely ordinary town in 40 minutes from London.
As you see- nothing special.
But as we know from the movies, in small towns there is something unusual. Something unexpected and magical…
Hogwarts School, for example!
Yes, you know that the Hogwarts, as a Harry Potter’s world, is a fiction, but in Leavesden situated Warner Bros. Studios and their main public attraction- “The Making of Harry Potter”.
It opened to the public in 2012 and since then has welcomed over 6,000 visitors a day during peak times. TripAdvisor reported that The Making of Harry Potter has been the highest rated attraction worldwide every year since the tour opened. It has developed a reputation as a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city of London – in spite of the tour’s out the way location.
The main entrance to Hogwarts’ Great Hall.
The Great Hall.
Gryffindor boys’ dormitory.
Fat Lady in Painting (entrance to the Gryffindor dormitory) and The Mirror of Erised from “Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone”.
The magic wands. Click on the photo and look in high resolution.
Gryffindor Common Room.
The Headmaster’s tower – Dumbledore’s office.
The Headmaster’s tower is guarded by a large stone gargoyle.
Dumbledore’s Office, the Memory Cabinet.
Different portraits from the movies about Harry Potter. Did you know that all painted portraits are real people- most of them are a film crew.
Professor Severus Snape’s lecture room and Professor Horace Slughorn’s costume.
Entrance to the dungeon of Hogwarts.
Inside the Burrow- Weasleys’ home.
Fireplaces from the Ministry of Magic.
Dolores Umbridge’s office (with kittens).
The “Magic is Might” monument was a black stone statue created after the Death Eaters took over the Ministry of Magic.
Death Eaters masks.
Red brick wall to the Platform 9 and 3/4.
The Hogwarts Express.
Inside the train.
Books and newspapers from the Harry Potter’s world.
The Knight Bus.
The Wooden Bridge (also known as the Covered Bridge) between Hogwarts Castle and Sundial Garden.
Giant Wizard’s Chess set from the “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”.
The Flying Ford Anglia.
The Monster Book of Monsters.
Putin Dobby the House Elf.
Ollivander’s Wand Shop.
Inside Ollivander’s Wand Shop.
Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes (Diagon Alley, 93).
Buildings & Structures Archives.
Small paper model of Hogwarts Castle.
The Durmstrang Ship model.
The Burrow small paper model.
The huge model of Hogwarts Castle.
Really huge model!
I’m a big fan of “Harry Potter”. The first book was read on school holidays, when I was 13 years old and it was something unbelievable for me. The book opened for me new fantasy world, more fabulous and less sophisticated than J.R.R.Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. And I was lost in these books for long 7 years, I was spending my scholarship on buying new books, movie tickets and computer games about Harry Potter and his friends. And still, after 10 years, when I hear the main theme from the movie, I start to smile. I will always be a child, as long as I remember this magic world 🔮