On Thursday after school Oscar had a real treat as we were invited to the preview of the new 'Sweets and Treats' feature for the Summer at Warner Brothers studio tour in Watford. Oscar has watched one of the Harry Potter films in preparation for our visit and loved it. One of his friends at school is really in to Harry Potter and Oscar has been asking for a magic wand since he saw his friends one at his house a few weeks ago.
I have read all the Harry Potter books and going to see the making of the films brought me right back to my childhood when the books were first realised. When we arrived we went into the gift store which is amazing, it is full if great memorabilia and Oscar got his Harry Potter wand he had been asking for for weeks. The wand cost £25 but is a replica in a display box and he absolutely loves it.
We went into the tour where you watch a short film about how the books became the films and then we went through to the cinema where we again watched Daniel Radcliffe tell us about what exactly went into making these incredible films. At the end he walks through the door to the great hall and the screen rises and the door to the great hall is in front of us. Oscar couldn't believe his eyes, it was magical. We went into the great hall which was quite a surreal experience and we were shown how the talented ladies made all of the Sweets and Treats that are props in the film. You wouldn't believe that they weren't edible they looked good enough to eat! From Monday 20th July until Sunday 6th September you will be able to see this for yourselves. Butterbeer ice-cream will be available to purchase from their new baklot cafe and that is not to be missed as it tasted amazing! We had some nibbles and Oscar enjoyed his cake pop and ice-cream and we continued around the rest of the tour.
Even if you haven't read the books or watched the films it is absolutely amazing to learn exactly how much went into making the films. It is absolutely incredible! Amazingly during production graphic designers had the task to design over 120 different sweet treats for the Weasley twins shop and some of the original sketches can be seen in the art department section of the tour. The tables in the great hall will be lined with props from the Hogwart's feasts. Chocolate desserts of all kinds were on the tables and nearly all of them are made out of intricately painted resin. Although some edible pieces were baked such as the chocolate phoenix cake that you can see in the Goblet of Fire film and the exact cake has survived over seven years in storage and is out on display for you to see.
We had a fantastic time and enjoyed a cup of butterbeer and went on the Hogwart's express. It is an amazing day out, so magical and exciting not only for the children but the adult's too.
Oscar also flew on a broomstick and we brought the USB of the video for £25 which you can see below.
Disclaimer: We were given free entry into the making of Harry Potter for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own!