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Seriously, do it, it's one of those things where if you think you'll like it, you'll like it.  There's one more very neat little trick they pull that isn't the one in my spoiler above that I was particularly impressed with too.

 

(do not read this if you haven't been and intend to)

 

 

 


So they start by getting you all into a cinema and show a short introductory film*  That ends with Daniel, Emma and Rupert walking into the great hall on screen.

 

At which point the screen goes up and the door to the full size Great Hall set from the movies is right there.  Both times I've been they've invited a couple of the kids to "help them" open it.

 

It's a simple trick but as a way of transferring you into that world, it's superb.

 

* Although brilliantly, the guy giving us the introduction billed it as "And to get us ready, a screening of all 8 movies back to back".
 

 

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The Studio is amazing, even my wife who isn't big on the films and has a real dislike of Daniel Radcliffe enjoyed it. The scale model you talked about was pretty jaw dropping,

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especially as you walk round the corner and it comes into view. I wasn't expecting to see the castle just be there like that.

 

When I've finished reading the books and showing the films to my daughter I'm going to take her to see it.

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Thanks @Dudley for your spoilering only for @Stigweard to spoil it :lol:

 

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The model is brilliant and was very unexpected when we first went. You walk round the corner and it's just there in front of you, jaw dropped at that point.

 

 

My wife's a huge HP fan and we have been to the studio twice now as they added a number of things since the first time went. We still enjoyed it just as much and probably would go again!

 

It's a shame there's nothing else quite like it I don't think (though there have been attempts by other authors to try and create things just as good and immersive, just nothing's really come close to the magic and wonderment of the world Rowling created I don't think).

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On 16/10/2017 at 13:34, Freeman said:

Good to know.  i'm going at the end of next month - having booked tickets about 18 months ago.  We are doing the studio tour again on the way down (from Dundee) which should be fun as my 3 year old has seen some of the films now.

 

So... a year later I find this thread again ;)  Cursed Child was incredible, takes nothing away from the original books / films, and is a really good story.  Spending basically a whole day in the theatre, with a break for lunch was fine too, though Tapas for lunch wasn't the best idea as I left hungry ;)  Really recommend it.

 

My 2nd visit to the studio tour (also at the time, 1 year ago...) was also excellent, obviously the surprises were already known about, but it was in full winter set up, with Yule Ball stuff from Goblet on display.  

 

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The model who must be mentioned in spoilers was also snow covered and look was great to see, though nothing to quite match the magic when you walk through and see it for the first time!

 

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Absolutely.  Sit in the same seats, watch the same cast, and have it all fresh in your mind.

 

My wife and I met up and went with 2 friends, but her mum and aunt went a couple of days before (weird arrangement to allow for travelling to London, and babysitting for us!)

All 6 of us were blown away.

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4 hours ago, Freeman said:

 

So... a year later I find this thread again ;)  Cursed Child was incredible, takes nothing away from the original books / films, and is a really good story.  Spending basically a whole day in the theatre, with a break for lunch was fine too, though Tapas for lunch wasn't the best idea as I left hungry ;)  Really recommend it.

 

My 2nd visit to the studio tour (also at the time, 1 year ago...) was also excellent, obviously the surprises were already known about, but it was in full winter set up, with Yule Ball stuff from Goblet on display.  

 

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The model who must be mentioned in spoilers was also snow covered and look was great to see, though nothing to quite match the magic when you walk through and see it for the first time!

 

 

Yeah they had the Halloween stuff from film 1 up when I was there last month.

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Ugh ugh ugh. The other half has been talking about wanting to do a London trip for some time, but he doesn't know yet what he'll be in for :sealclap:

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16 hours ago, Illyria said:

Ugh ugh ugh. The other half has been talking about wanting to do a London trip for some time, but he doesn't know yet what he'll be in for :sealclap:

 

If you decide to do the play too, I recommend that you get non redistricted view tickets. 90% of the play was fine for us, but some stuff we couldn't see at all and people in front of us kept standing up to look over the banister. Probably explains by restricted view tickets are about £60 for 2 people for both showings

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24 minutes ago, Dudley said:

Is it really 5 hours long?

 

Quite possibly yeah, but that might include the intervals too. It's split into two parts and each part has an interval

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I've only read up to and including Diagon Alley with my daughter but this has already been so awesome.

 

Her face absolutely lit up when Hagrid said 'yer a wizard, Harry'.  It was lovely.

 

I'm doing all the voices too.  I think I'm enjoying it more than she is!!

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4 hours ago, Boothjan said:

I've only read up to and including Diagon Alley with my daughter but this has already been so awesome.

 

Her face absolutely lit up when Hagrid said 'yer a wizard, Harry'.  It was lovely.

 

I'm doing all the voices too.  I think I'm enjoying it more than she is!!

 

Fuck yeah

 

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I love doing the voices too. Most of mine are based on the films though.

 

 

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Yeah mine too.  Though Dumbledore is Richard Harris, not Michael Gambon.  Easier to impersonate.

 

I'm ace at Hagrid and Snape. (We've not met Snape yet, but I've been practising in front of the mirror)

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On 09/11/2018 at 14:33, Boothjan said:

Yeah mine too.  Though Dumbledore is Richard Harris, not Michael Gambon.  Easier to impersonate.

 

I'm ace at Hagrid and Snape. (We've not met Snape yet, but I've been practising in front of the mirror)

 

Sample plz

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One of my fondest memories from when I was an English teacher in Japan was taking on the Harry Potter group on Saturday afternoons. Each week, an hour of reading a chapter from the book, naturally 'inspired' by the film actors, followed by an hour of discussion and activities relating to the chapter. It was something of a hit with the middle-aged housewives, I can tell you.

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On 09/11/2018 at 14:33, Boothjan said:

Yeah mine too.  Though Dumbledore is Richard Harris, not Michael Gambon.  Easier to impersonate.

 

I'm ace at Hagrid and Snape. (We've not met Snape yet, but I've been practising in front of the mirror)

 

Oh yeah big time, I'm doing Richard Harris as he's easier and also becuase he was the better Dumbledore anyway. Gambon was too rushed/fierce. I struggle with Mcgonagall though, as my Scottish is way off, but my Hagrid and Snape have got loads better the more I've read them

 

My Dobby and Moaning Myrtl though...top draw.

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