#2 Harry Potter Studio Tour - Iconic Sets

This blog post takes you round some of the most iconic sets from the first half of the Studio Tour ... I'm talking: The Great Hall, Gryffindor Dorm and Common Room, Dumbledore's Office, The Potions Dungeon, The Burrow, Hagrid's Hut and the Ministry of Magic!

Here are the links to my other posts on the Studio Tour:

#2 Harry Potter Studio Tour - Iconic Sets (This post!)

Harry Potter Studio Tour Great Hall

The Great Hall is the only other part of the tour that is guided and thus time limited. To be honest, I always seem to ignore what the guide is saying in favour of taking in the surroundings at my own pace. It's a lot smaller than I'd imagined but contains some great detail!

The main teachers are located at the far end of the Hall:
Harry Potter Studio Tour Iconic Sets
Dumbledore at his lectern.
Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Professor Snape and Hagrid.
In the last two pictures, you can see the house points system, one of my favourite props, I really wish my school had had something similar. Question though, as a Ravenclaw through and through - why are we losing?!?

Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Mad Eye Moody and Professor Trelawney.
Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Trelawney, McGonagall, Dumbledore, Snape, Hagrid & Filch.
Along the sides of the hall are two of the long dining tables dressed with goblets, plates and cutlery and various costumes of characters from each of the houses. I also really like the house themed lanterns that line the walls and the Hogwarts & house crests above the fireplace.

Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Hufflepuff students including Cedric Diggory.
Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Gryffindor students including baby Harry and 7th Year Neville.
Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Slytherin students.
Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
The Grey Lady.
Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Great Hall table, lanterns and Ravenclaw students.
Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Harry over time.
During my third visit to the tour, there was a 'Back to School' exhibition on. Part of the Great Hall was dressed to replicate the O.W.L. exams that the students sit in their 5th year at Hogwarts ... I have to say, I was slightly disappointed that  Fred and George didn't fly in on their brooms!

Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Exam table with O.W.L. exam.
Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Exam table with O.W.L. exam.
Harry Potter Studio Tour great hall
Professor Flitwick & O.W.L. in progress board.

Harry Potter Studio Tour Gryffindor Dorm

Again this set was tiny, like tiny, the beds were literally made for 10-year-olds!

Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor dorm
Ron's Bed & trunk.
Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor dorm
Gryffindor Boy's Dormitory.
Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor dorm
Gryffindor Boy's Dormitory.
Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor dorm
Gryffindor Boy's Dormitory.

Harry Potter Studio Tour Gryffindor Common Room

I think this was probably the set I wanted to jump right into, it looked so cosy, so homely ... I felt like I'd been there before!

Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor common room
Hermione, Harry & Ron.
Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor common room
Gryffindor fireplace.
Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor common room
Gryffindor common room & entrance to dorms.
Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor common room
Radio.
Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor common room
Common room table.
For the 'Back to School' exhibition, we were shown a comic strip designed by the graphics department that sits on the table in the common room ... just one of the many intricate details you would never have seen on screen!
Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor common room
Inside comic strip.
Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor common room
Common room trinkets.
Harry Potter Studio Tour gryffindor common room
Common room sofas.

Harry Potter Studio Tour Dumbledore's Office

The entrance to Dumbledore's office is guarded by this stunning statue ... now, thankfully you don't need to stand there thinking up the names of all the old school sweets you can remember ... the actual entrance to Dumbledore's office is just next door! 

Harry Potter Studio Tour dumbeldore's office
Entrance to Dumbledore's office.
Inside is wonderful, books, books, random magical objects, more books, a telescope, books, the Pensieve ...
Harry Potter Studio Tour dumbeldore's office
Dumbledore's desk.
Again, make sure you look up down and all around ...

Harry Potter Studio Tour dumbeldore's office
The Sword of Gryffindor.
Harry Potter Studio Tour dumbeldore's office
Cabinet of memory vials.
Harry Potter Studio Tour dumbeldore's office
Dumbledore in his office.
Harry Potter Studio Tour dumbeldore's office
View from the steps.
Harry Potter Studio Tour dumbeldore's office
Back of the telescope.
Harry Potter Studio Tour dumbeldore's office
Telescope exterior.
Harry Potter Studio Tour dumbeldore's office
Cabinet of bizarre magical trinkets!
Harry Potter Studio Tour dumbeldore's office
The Pensieve.

Harry Potter Studio Tour Potions Dungeon

This set was full of nice little details, it was almost tantalising ... you're gawping at all of the equipment, jars of ingredients, books, cauldrons and it all seems so real, things even are moving, then you take a step back and there is a horrible realisation that it's not ... maybe a bad thing, but at least for that moment, it IS somehow real.

Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Potions desk
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Professor Slughorn.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Potions Equipment.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Scales, test tubes, funnels, pestle & mortar.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Professor Snape.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Potions Dungeon.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Potions books.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Potions desk with students equipment.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Advanced Potion Making.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Back lit dungeon window.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Potions Dungeon.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Second back lit window.
Harry Potter Studio Tour potions dungeon
Ingredients Jars

Harry Potter Studio Tour Hagrid's Hut

I know that they made two versions of Hagrid's hut ... one with everything extra large to make the children look tiny and one normal/small to make Hagrid look huge! ... I'm guessing this was the latter, but I'd have loved to see the large on too! Anyway, Hagrid's hut is an eclectic mash up of exactly what you'd expect, all things creature ... cages, nets, ropes the lot ... and of course Fang himself!

Harry Potter Studio Tour hagrid's hut
Hagrid & Fang/
Harry Potter Studio Tour hagrid's hut
Headless Hagrid in his hut.
Harry Potter Studio Tour hagrid's hut
View through the hut's window.
Harry Potter Studio Tour hagrid's hut
Hagrid's dining area.
Harry Potter Studio Tour hagrid's hut
Hagrid's hut.
Harry Potter Studio Tour hagrid's hut
Equipment attached to the hut's roof!

Harry Potter Studio Tour The Burrow

The Burrow kitchen was also tiny and homely ... and interactive! You can make the dishes wash themselves and the knife chop the carrots ... too cool! I loved the way that it was so ordinary, it could have been anyone's kitchen, but the details made it that little bit extraordinary.

Harry Potter Studio Tour the burrow
Pots, pans and dishes.
Harry Potter Studio Tour the burrow
Ginny, Fred, George, Molly & Arthur in the kitchen.
Harry Potter Studio Tour the burrow
Mrs Weasley overseeing the chopping!
Harry Potter Studio Tour the burrow
Intriguing 'clock'.
Harry Potter Studio Tour the burrow
Weasley dining area.
This is the clock that tracks the location of all of the Weasleys ... I could really do with one of these sometimes ... for my own family of course ... though I'd love to know where the Weasleys are too!
Harry Potter Studio Tour the burrow
Weasley Grandfather clock.
Harry Potter Studio Tour the burrow
Weasley twins!

Harry Potter Studio Tour The Ministry & Umbridge's Office

We don't get to see the Ministry set in full construction, I think it was just too big! But we do get to see the central statue from the foyer, the exterior of some of the offices and the interior of Umbridge's Ministry office.

Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Ministry statue.
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Magic is Might!
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Squished muggles :(
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
More squished muggles!
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Prophecy orbs.
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Ministry office exteriors.
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Magical dust buster ... if only!
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Scrimgeour & other Ministry employees.
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Umbridge's Office Door.
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Umbridge's range of attire.
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Umbridge's shoes.
Harry Potter Studio Tour ministry of magic
Umbridge's office interior, including kitten plates!
So that's that, the main sets from the first half of the studio tour, my next posts go over the other, smaller things you get to see alongside these in the first half of the tour.

#3 Harry Potter Studio Tour - Props & Miscellaneous

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