[Photo Journal] The Making of Harry Potter – A Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London


Myra here.

We are excited to share photographs every Tuesday about our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

An Evening of Enchantment with Harry Potter!

While I was in London several months back, I made sure I booked my tickets for the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour several weeks in advance as apparently the tickets get sold out pretty quickly. Here are some of the pictures I managed to take that magical evening.


“I’m going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


“A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen. Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking up. One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours’ time by Mrs. Dursley’s scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley…He couldn’t know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: “To Harry Potter – the boy who lived!” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


“Harry Potter isn’t real? Oh no! Wait, wait, what do you mean by real? Is this video blog real? Am I real if you can see me and hear me, but only through the internet? Are you real if I can read your comment but I don’t know who you are or what your name is or where you’re from or what you look like or how old you are? I know all of those things about Harry Potter. Maybe Harry Potter’s real and you’re not.” 
― John Green


“No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” 
― J.K. Rowling


“Swish and flick.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


“The Mirror will be moved to a new home tomorrow, Harry, and I ask you not to go looking for it again. If you ever do run across it, you will now be prepared. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that. Now, why don’t you put that admirable cloak back on and get off to bed.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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“Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


“Killing rips the soul apart.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


“To the Dark Lord,
I know I will be dead long before you read this but I want you to know that it was I who discovered your secret. I have stolen the real Horcrux and intend to destroy it as soon as I can. I face death in the hope that when you meet your match, you will be mortal once more.
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


“But Death was cunning.” 
― J.K. Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard


“Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked this easily — weak people, in other words…” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


“It was as though they had been plunged into a fabulous dream. 
This, thought Harry, was surely the only way to travel — past swirls and turrets of snowy cloud, in a car full of hot, bright sunlight, with a fat pack of toffees in the glove compartment…” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


“The ones that love us never really leave us.” 
― J.K. Rowling


“First think of the person who lives in disguise,
Who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies.
Next, tell me what’s always the last thing to mend,
The middle of middle and the end of end?
And finally give me the sound often heard
During the search for a hard-to-find word.
Now string them together, and answer me this,
Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


“You think the dead we love ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


“That wand’s more trouble than it’s worth,” said Harry. “And quite honestly,” he turned away from the painted portraits, thinking now only of the four-poster bed lying waiting for him in Gryffindor Tower, and wondering whether Kreacher might bring him a sandwich there, “I’ve had enough trouble for a lifetime.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


“Hogwarts is threatened!” shouted Professor McGonagall. “Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  1. I have been wanting to get back to London for a while. Maybe when I retire, or there’s always the lottery….
    I’m guessing this is not a permanent thing, though, so I need tonwin the lottery, say, NOW 😉



  2. Really cool! 😀 I’d love to see this!



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