On Tuesday I went to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour and I never wanted to leave. I absolutely love Harry Potter, I read the first book aged eight and I continued to read the books over and over for my entire child and teen years. I eagerly awaited the new books and I sat up until I read every single word (mainly so that I read it faster than my sister, who ever said I was competitive?!). I made it a tradition to read the books every summer and would spend most of the six weeks holidays flopped out in the garden reading through a story I could never possibly forget. Harry Potter (the book version and the film version) was the first boy I ever had a crush on and I wanted to be Cho Chang in 'that' scene more than anything else in the world and I am still jealous of Ginny. When I was eleven, on the first morning of secondary school, I remember getting ready thinking 'well this is a waste of time, i'll get my letter to hogwarts any minute now' and I am still bitter about having to attend a muggle school. Like so many people my age, I genuinely believed in the story and the characters. We grew up with Harry, he could have been our mate.
So for me, going to do the studio tour was something that I was beyond excited about, i've been to the Harry Potter world in Universal Studios, Orlando- but this was something else. There are some great stages, sets, props, costumes and information. You can go on a broomstick, step into the Knightbus and learn how they make character like Dobby. I felt like they really made everything come to life and all the displays were so interactive. Walking around in the Great Hall may just be the most incredible thing that I have ever done and I finally felt like I had my acceptance letter to Hogwarts.
If you are a huge Harry Potter fan then definitely go, it isn't too expensive (£29.00 a ticket) and is fairly accessible as it is just outside of London. There is also a lovely cafe there, a midway point where you can buy Butterbeer and an expensive gift shop at the end.
This summer, for the first summer since I left school, I am going to spend my time lounging around reading my favourite story.