Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Brave Little Illustrator Goes to Europe PART 2

More from the first week in London: My visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! Are you ready to have your mind blown by how jealous you're about to be? The tour isn't another theme park - its a studio full of legit props, sets, costumes, animatronics, and artwork used in and for making the 8 Harry Potter movies. Just about everything in there was on film.
 Here I am outside and full of gross expectations.
 Here's my ticket - some had Fang the bloodhound or Fawkes the Pheonix. Mine had Hedwig.
We watched a short introductory movie where Daniel Radcliff, Emma Wattson, and Rupert Grimley hyped everyone up and then the curtain lifted to reveal this: the door to the Great Hall!
 Inside the actual Great Hall: You can see on the walls there are alternating Ravens, Lions, Badgers, and Serpents holding torches.
 I am in front of the Hogwarts staffs' mannequins with their original costumes. You can't see them in this photo, but Sprout, Flitwick, and Hagrid are also there. My face: pure content.
This is the sculpture from the Yule ball surrounded by tons of different colored drinks. The photo does not do it justice. This thing *sparkled*.
This is Snape's hair. 'Nuff said.
 This is Harry's dorm...
 And the Griffyndor common room...
 And now I'm standing next to THE Triwizard Cup.
 Dumbledore's office (and you wouldn't believe all the stuff they have in there - tons and tons of crazy looking props!)
A bunch of the most important props in the movies: The Sorcerer's Stone, The Deluminator, a Snitch...

More pictures coming in part 3! There are way too many to post here right now...

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