Harry Potter was filmed at Leavesden Studios for over ten years. The films were being released at the same time new books were published by J.K. Rowling. Due the number of sequels, the film crews saved most of the sets, props and costumes just in case they were needed for the sequels.
When filming ended in 2010 on the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the film crew was left with a menagerie of custom made items and sets that usually would not have been saved.
The Warner Bros. team wanted to preserve these museum quality items so that fans could experience the world and magic of Harry Potter themselves. Many of the original cast and crew had a hand in reassembling the iconic sets and recording their memories of making the film for fans enjoyment. The Harry Potter Studio Tour Opened March 31st, 2012.
We arrived for our tour just three months later in June. Big word of advice, get your tickets before you even arrive in London. This is a timed entrance tour and there is not much chance of winging it and just arriving hoping to get in.
The Harry Potter Studio Tour is actually located in Leavesden near Watford. We took the Overground train from London to get to Watford. The Studio will have a bus waiting at the train station to take you directly to the studio.
If you are a Harry Potter Fan, this is a must see location. I personally am not as big of a fan as my wife, but I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was really pretty amazing and really gave you a inside look into the world of Harry Potter. We have also been to Orlando Florida to see both the Harry Potter theme parks which were great and they did a fantastic job of recreating the Harry Potter world. However, this is the real deal. You get to walk into the Great Hall and stand in the same set that Harry, Hermione and Ron were in.
Word of warning regarding this post. We took so many pictures that I think the best way to present them to you is in a group of galleries by subject. That way you can focus on the categories you are most interested in and you can move as fast through the photos as you wish.