Entering Hogwarts is one of the most exciting things you can do. Kind of wish I was a kid again at this moment, because it was only the kids which were acceptable to help open the grand entrance doors. This was the best entrance to an attraction i've ever been to. What could be better than actually going into Hogwarts via the great hall? The actual great hall!
2) Hogwarts Express
At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter there is the chance to not only see the Hogwarts express in it’s full glory, with steam and sound effects, but you can also walk on the train. This was an experience in itself to see each carriage, separately labelled corresponding to each carriage used in each film.
3) Diagon Alley
This was probably my favourite part of the day. Diagon alley is a set that not only feel magical, it looks it too. It’s a set built by many talented people and actually being on the set was great. It’s something i’ll remember for the rest of my life. While standing next to the Weasley’s joke shop all I could think was how great these films actually were.
4) Mourning Dobby
Dobby, I learnt, was really most of the time just a tennis ball on a stick that the actors had to react to. For the scene where Harry potter had him in his arms dead they made an actual Dobby, the one you can see in the picture. I loved Dobby, he was my favourite character in the films. It was sad, and so I mourned a little.
5) Consuming Butterbeer
This is one of only 3 or 4 places in the world where you can get real, authentic butter beer. I have to say, it wasn’t that nice. I mean, for one drink it is ok, but it wasn’t really something I would choose to consume on a daily basis. Sorry that is just the truth. I would describe it as a sweet, slightly creamy beverage. Quite sickly, not that enjoyable. Sorry to burst your bubble and all that.
6) Harry’s actual house
This was actually in front of my eyes and for that I am happy. I thought this house and the burrow were some of the most aesthetically appealing structures they had in the films. They had the inside of the Weasley's home on a sound stage that you could look into, accompanied by an automated magical pair of knitting needles. I had fun.
7) Going Inside Number 4 Privet Drive
Inside this set, which was very impressive, was a room full of letters hanging by strings. We were told that in the films the strings were replaced by computer generated magic, which made the effect of all the letters coming through the Durselys home when they are trying to get Harry Potters letter to him in the first film. In this house (set) there was also the famous cupboard under the stairs and a curious Dobby shadow in the upstairs window, something you may notice on the picture.