Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

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, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

We were so excited to be asked back to Warner Brother Studio Tours to review their new attraction, Feathers and Flights.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


With a wave of our wands (OK and also a drive on the M4 and M25!) we were there to enjoy this special event.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Brother Studios is very easy to find.  Driving from the South West, we left the M25 at J19 and followed the Brown “Warner Bros Studio Tour” Signs.  

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Once we arrived, friendly staff directed us to the free parking.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

You must pre-book to visit the attraction. Tickets can be bought here.  

 , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Make sure you arrive on time for your allotted tour.  We always get there early and pass the time by picking up our Passports and taking in all the sights around us.  There is also a cafe as well as a shop and toilets in the entrance foyer.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

As this was a VIP event we were also treated to drinks.  This was a nice welcome after a long journey.  It was a shame I had to drive back to the hotel though, so had to stick to the juice.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Sitting on the bench sipping our drinks, we felt like we were waiting for the Hogwarts Express to whisk us off to our own school of magic!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

 , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

When it is time to queue for your tour, as you are are literally still in the Muggle World, it is fitting that the first display you see is “The Cupboard Under The Stairs” also known as Harry’s bedroom in his home on Privet Drive.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

From the start, the friendly staff interacted with the kids and told them lots of behind the scene secrets.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Despite there being lots to see and keep us amused, we were still pleased when it was time for our tour to begin!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


We were led into the screen room for our welcome and introduction. 

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


After this we went into the “Cinema” for a Question and Answer Session with the Animal Trainers, including head trainer, Julie Tottman.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


This was really interesting.  We heard how owls actually take a long time to learn new skill– they can take up to three months to learn what a raven or crow can learn in just one week.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


 I was very impressed to find out that in the infamous scene where Harry’s owl,  Hedwig delivers the Nimbus 2000 Broomstick to Harry – the owl actor really did carry the broom stick as he flew in through the window.  The trickery came from the prop rather than CGI department- a specially made “light” (as a feather?) broom stick was used.  

We also watched a video especially made for Flights and Feathers showing how the owls are trained to carry objects and we also got to see the “owl’s  eye view” as he flew across the Great Hall after he had been trained to carry a camera.  Amazing!

During the Q and A session, Danny’s question was “What happens if during filming none of the animals will do what they are told?” (I could have asked a similar question regarding children!).  The trainers explained that because all the conditions are correct and the animals are happy, then they are always happy to take part.  There are always three animal actors to portray each character so they can pick the most suited animal for the scene.  Julie explained that while training is the harder part of their job, filming is fun for the animals.  

We then watched the special Harry Potter film which always precedes the tour-and gives me goosebumps!  

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


At last it was time to go through the Golden Doors and enter The Great Hall at Hogwarts…

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

For this special Feathers and Flight feature, the Great Hall set is decorated ready for owl post delivery scenes.  The food looks so real-I did wonder for one moment if we were all going to sit down and breakfast together!  There were racks of toasts, boiled eggs, jugs of juice and of course, every Wizard’s favourite Cereal “Cheeri Owls”.  

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

The specially made broomsticks and letters were also on display, as well as permanent displays showing the House Crests and Uniforms.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Here is the uniform which I would be wearing (Gryffindor!).

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

The girls sat at one of the long tables and pondered what everyday life would be like at Hogwarts.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

 Danny certainly feasted as well as Harry and Ron usually do.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Here is the costume worn by one of my favourite characters, Hagrid.  He is definitely my favourite “voice” to do whilst reading aloud from the books.  This actual costume was worn by Robbie Coltrane’s Body Double, retired rugby player and now TV presenter, Martin Bayfield, who despite being 6’10” tall, still needed to wear stilts to make him appear as tall as the half-giant, Hagrid.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

The Professor’s costumes are shown at the top of The Great Hall.  My kids often tell me that I look like Severus Snape- thanks kids! 

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

I was pleased to see that Gryffindor were in the lead once again for house points!  

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Our guide shows us the actual broom stick that was carried in by our feathered friend. 

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


Once our talk in The Great Hall was over, I would have liked to have taken more photos.  However, the kids were eager to move on and there was certainly a lot more that we needed to see in The Big Room!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Caitlyn gets her Passport Stamped! 

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Danny has a play with “forced perspective” techniques.

 , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

I love the ramshackle Weasley’s home, The Burrow.  We get to see the magical secrets of how Mrs Weasley copes with her lively, large family.   

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

The Enchanted Clock that every head of household needs, how useful it would be to keep track of all family members at once- although very worrying when all hands point to “In Mortal peril” as they once did in during the Second Wizarding War.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Ever wondered how Molly Weasely has the time to churn out all those lovely homemade knitted Christmas jumpers?  Enchanted needles of course!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

No more burnt on pan washing up horrors with a self stirring pot!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

We also spotted more Cheeri Owls Cereal! There was also an enchanted iron, enchanted knife to chop the veg and a washing up brush. 

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Professor Umbridge’s rather pink, palatial office at The Ministry of Magic.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

 The snake door to the Chamber of Secrets- this does something quite special!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Professor Snape’s Potions Class room.  

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

You can also see the Griffindor Dormitory, Common Room, Albus Dumbledore’s Office, The Mirror of Erised and  so much more.  

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

The girls took a turn on the flying car (they look suprisingly calm!)

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


Whilst we each had a turn flying on a broom stick.  Of course, we were really on a broomstick but the scenery behind us may have been Green Screen (big secret reveal there!).

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

 We then went outside to the Back Lot, home to the outdoor sets as well as a picnic area and food vans.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

It was very atmospheric seeing the Knight Bus and Covered Wooden Bridge in the dark. 

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

We enjoyed some Butterbeer.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Seeing Number 4 Privet Drive in the dark bought me back to  that night in 1981 when Dumbledore first bought baby Harry to live with the Dursleys.  I would not have been suprised to have glimpsed a cat with a map.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Instead, however, we did see Harry’s lovely Snowy Owl Hedwig.  She is actually played by a “He” called Elmo.   Make sure you take a #hedwigselfie here!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

I first met Elmo at Brit Mums, where the queue to meet him was longer than the queue for the bar.  That shows how popular he was!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

We posed on Hagrid’s Motorbike.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

We stuck up our Wands to catch the Knight Bus!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

The Dursleys were thankfully not at home.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


We then walked to Godric’s Hollow to see Potter Cottage, which is invisible to Muggles.

 , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


We walked along the Wooden Bridge.  Instead of taking us into Hogwarts, it led us to The Creature Effects area.


Here, Hair and Feather Supervior, Val Jones id demonstrating technoques that made winged wonders such as Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Fawkes the Phoenix a reality on screen.  The secret to creating the Hippogriff’s realitic feathery coat was individually inserting thousands of feathers.


, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Caitlyn watches an animatronic snowy owl.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

I was mesmorised as every by the creepy yet strangely cute baby Voldemort.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

I always tend to rush the Creature Effects part a bit too quickly as I am excited to walk down Diagon Alley.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

For Feathers and Flight, Diagon Alley is enhanced with the pleasure of the company of more talented owls.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

I think the owl shown on the right is Ron’s first owl Pigwidgeon, a tiny White Faced Scops Owl.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Danny loves talking to all the tour staff.  He learns lots from them and tells them a few facts too!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

This is Erroll, the Weasley’s clumsy family owl.   He is a Great Grey Owl and has super sensitive hearing.  

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


Lovely Puking Pastilles!


, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Next we walked through the Art Department.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

We were then in the breathtaking model room, taking in the sights of the 360˚ view of the incredible, hand sculpted 1:24 scale construction of Hogwarts.  Yep, it’s pretty spectacular.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

The music and the lighting really adds to the ambience too.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

We then walked through the wand room.  What would have been the inside of Ollivander’s Wand Shop is now the tribute room of every member of cast and crew who have worked on the Harry Potter films.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


There are over 3000 personalised wand boxes.  In my photo, you can see Daniel Radcliffe’s very own wand box.  If you want to see somebody’s in particular then do ask and they will help you find it.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Lastly, we entered the shop.  The shop is amazing and every Harry Potter fan’s dream!  Yes, it is on the expensive side, but you will be buying desirable, collectable items so try to save up before you visit!

I always pick up a box of Every Flavour beans.  They last ages and keep the kids entertained for hours!

We picked up our photos from Customer Services in the Lobby.  We were also given wonderful Gift Bags and then, sadly, it was time to go home.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

We stayed at Travelodge Watford Central Hotel, which is just 3.5 miles from the attraction.  Rooms start at £54.

Back at the hotel, we enjoyed looking through our Goody bags.  We all had a Golden Snitch and Feather Quill Pen.

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

I was given my very own Hedwig Backpack.  It is so cute and fluffy!

 , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

Inside the Snowy owl was a huge Chocolate Frog.  

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

We then had fun playing with our Every Flavour Beans- Danny loves making us try the vomit flavoured ones-yuck!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter


Most of the flavours are nice though- I promise!

Warner Brothers Studio Tour is worthwhile visiting all year around, having if you want to learn lots more about the feathered friends who are the real stars of the show, then make sure you get down to this Feathers and Flight Attraction, which will run until Sunday 27th April.

Thanks for a lovely visit- we’ll be back soon!

, Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter

12 Comments

  1. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    Alice Judge-Talbot
    April 14, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    That looks like such a fantastic experience! I really need to go and check it out, I'm only an hour away x

  2. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    Jess@AlongCameCherry
    April 14, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    Love the first photo! I've never been into Harry Potter but my sister and brother have both been and loved it x

  3. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    Jo Cerys
    April 14, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    Lovely! Thank you for inviting me along, I can't wait to go back and visit especially after all the photos! 🙂

  4. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    Polly Davies
    April 14, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    oh gosh! Lola would love to go there!!¬

  5. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    Rosie B
    April 14, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    This looks so exciting! I don't think I'd be able to do just a day there, I'd never want to leave! xx

  6. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    Wild & Grizzly
    April 14, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    We've just been talking about visiting the Harry Potter studios, It looks like you al had a fab time. I love the fact you can walk down the various streets. x

  7. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    Fiona Peacock
    April 14, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    Wow that looks awesome, I'd love to go x

  8. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    fritha strickland
    April 14, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    amazing! I'd love to take Wilf when he is a bit older! x

  9. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    Laura Rocksteady
    April 14, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Oh wow how amazing and what a special event to attend – very lucky 🙂 Bet your kids were over the moon to go!!!Laura x

  10. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    Adele Jarrett-Kerr
    April 15, 2014 / 11:23 am

    This looks like such fun! I'd go without kids…

  11. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    abigail
    April 15, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Oh my! That place looks amazing! I would love to visit so much, and such a good place for older kids!

  12. , Feathers and Flight at Warner Brother Studio Tours London The Making of Harry Potter
    Claire Toplis
    April 17, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    OMG this looks amazing i so want to take the family here !

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