A friend bought me this trip for my 50th birthday as I have been a huge fan of the Harry Potter stories since they were first published. The whole experience is spectacular and so well organised, from parking cars to staggered entry times (although it was still busy), the enthusiasm of the staff for their job and the experience itself. In particular, you must save time for the model of Hogwarts at the end. I say "model", it fills a huge room and the quality and detail of it is breathtaking. Extra bits like being able to fly a broom in front of a green screen and see your image on a screen as if you are part of the film, ditto flying the Ford Anglia. The only disappointment there was the cost of buying the stills and DVD afterwards, ranging from £12 for one photo to £40 to include the DVD. I'm sure if it were lower they would sell more? Photo opportunities on Hagrid's motorbike and sidecar great fun too. The info on the detail that went into making the films was mind boggling. 4000 people were involved in the making of the films (and each person has their name on a wand in Olivanders) and you can see all the detailed drawings and sketches, the animatronic animals and heads, hear about the techniques used. Would highly recommend. The cafe was well priced and nice fresh food, but the screens showing choices should move a bit slower, or, have the menus elsewhere. The only criticism I have of the whole event (and the reason why it didn't get an Excellent score) is the prices in the gift show. £8 for a single chocolate frog, £70 for a jumper like the one Mrs Weasley knitted Harry, but definitely not hand knitted in the shop, £25 for a plastic wand. Really!!!! This aside, fabulous day out and something I would do again because I think that to get the most out of it and read all the information would take at least 5 hours and we only had 3, so, went round quite quickly.
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