Now this doesn’t come up very often on the blog, but I’m a major Harry Potter fan. I remember my twelve-year-old self being somewhat befuddled that some of my peers were reading a ‘children’s book’ until I did a complete flaky-child U-turn and started reading it for myself. Instantly I became hooked and counted down the days until each new book came out and eventually the films. Seeing everything come to life was the last piece of the puzzle and even though some elements weren’t quite the same as I’d imagined (for some reason Dobby was a more of a leprechaun in my head) they were pretty successful at telling the story. The Warner Brothers studio tour in North London has been open for a while now and my adult self still hadn’t managed to make a trip to zone 9. Fortunately I was offered some tickets all in the name of festive fun and managed to find a day that wasn’t fully booked before Christmas. Along with Amy, illusions were revealed (I can’t believe that Hagrid was a mechanical head in most of the films) and the museum-like setup combined with attention to detail almost convinced me that everything was real. If only I had a wand!
Coat – A.P.C
Shoes – Miista
Necklace, bracelet – Topshop
It seems that when I get one pastel item, I can’t resist going for the full on marshmallow look and in this case, the pink PVC skirt kicked it off. Yes PVC! I’ve slowly come around to this super shiny material and after spying some girls at the ASOS party wearing these Missguided numbers, the brand was kind enough to send me one so I could join the club. I usually stay away from most shades of pink but pastel doesn’t seem to count in my mind and it doesn’t seem as overt as a similar black skirt I was mulling over. I’m not quite sure how you wash it and ironing is out of the question (I put it under the mattress to flatten it) but it’s nice to experiment nonetheless. The suburban and slightly too pristine setting of No. 4 Privet drive probably hasn’t seen any PVC so I was glad to liven it up a little!
So how was the day? It’s definitely a must for any fans of the films and J.K Rowling’s world in general. I remember feeling at such a loss once I’d finished The Deathly Hallows (in nine and three-quarter hours to be exact) and knew that The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Orlando would be out of reach for a while. It makes sense to have a bit of a pilgrimage closer to home and appreciate the amount of work that went on behind the scenes. Every detail from the books had to be turned into the most accurate visuals possible, so the newspapers were filled with stories, each painting had to be a work of art and even the Hogwarts building had to have some sort of logic to it. The graphics section had to be my favourite part, even though a lot of the items may have been on screen for a second, they still had to be meticulously laid out and a believable part of this magical universe. Don’t even get me started on the visual effects, I won’t ruin it for those of you yet to visit but it’s definitely an eye-opener.
A special thanks to Millenium Hotels for providing the tickets and making me want to read all the books and watch all the films again. I’m slightly gutted I didn’t even attempt to become an extra when I was old enough and came pretty close to buying some ‘Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans’ to commiserate. At £8 a pop in the gift shop I couldn’t quite justify it as I knew I’d polish them off on the way home!