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Published: July 14th 2018
The Tri-Wizard Cup
The studios brought out many special props related to the 4th movie.
Day 6 and 7 - Potter and Friends
Today we revisited the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios. We first went 4 years ago but had a somewhat rushed trip. This time we were able to get our fill and see some new additions to the tour since we were last here. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter films and enjoy getting a look behind the scenes (and have a decent attention span) we highly recommend this tour. There are enough tidbits and details to make you want to watch the series all over again.
• Pro Tip 1: Get tickets early… insanely early… they are booked 2-3 months in advance.
• Pro Tip 2: Get early tickets (as in early in the day). We opted for 10:30, and spent 3.5 hours, and still had time left in the day for other things.
• Pro Tip 3: Transport Yourself. If you go on the all-inclusive tour, you only get a short time (2 hours?). Take a journey on the train. It’s fun, and you get to pass a giant stadium on the way.
• Pro Tip 4: Eat breakfast at the studio Cafe. It’s not the best..
These dummies tried to go over the age line.
But you can fill up just before starting the tour, and won’t have to stop for lunch.
• Pro Tip 5: Don’t stop for lunch. The lines for food are insane, and you can spend 90 minutes in line and eating, which is a long time, especially if you have young ones. The only downside to this is you won’t get butterbeer unless you stand in the insane lines. If you have had butterbeer before, you know this is a tough choice.
Our trip took most of the day and when we returned we were able to meet up with our friend Aby for games and dinner. Tony and Aby worked together a while back and it was great catching up with her. Plus she plays a mean game of Carcassonne.
Sunday we were able to spend some time with the Ellis family in Reading. Ben is another co-worker of Tony’s and they were nice enough to make us a traditional English lunch when we were here last and we’ve been keeping in touch ever since. Ben and his daughter picked us up at the train station and showed us a
You do know that is bath water, right?
bit around Reading. We were able to take a look at some recently reopened ruins of an Abbey and he got us awesome milkshakes too! At their house Katy fed us another amazing lunch and we played games with their whole family. Ben’s kids are just starting to be interested in D&D so we decided to set up another time for Tony to run a campaign as DM. Will and Sophie seem very excited and Ben and Katy are looking forward to figuring out what this D&D stuff is all about. Will wants to try a Kobold ex-gladiator character, and Anne is going to be the human Cleric that helped him escape slavery. This should be interesting.
Monday is back to the office for Tony as Anne and Michelle head off to Paris for a couple of days.
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