20 Apr

tastes just as you think it will taste. Creamy and fizzy and sweet and a bit like cream soda and sasparilla with caramel on top. Look.

And I was wrong about going to the Harry Potter Studios being a bit disappointing because you’d know so much was illusion – because the illusion was the point.  It was brilliant. I’m going to have a small Potterfest now, so apologies to any of you who don’t like HP or don’t know it.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything which such attention to detail – you get to walk through the sets, see the artists drawings, the sculptures, the animatronics, the make up, the costume, the models, the . . . . just about everything. If physics and art had joined up at school and taught you how to make working models like that, I might have enjoyed both subjects – any teachers reading, take note.

The scale of everything is enormous – 4100 different wands; 4000 jars of potions – and yet the sets are much smaller than you think they will be when you think about the number of people that must have been in them.

There was a whole section about all the animals who were part of the cast – 40 kittens, dogs, cats, owls. Cats are easier to train than owls you know.

The graphic design was astounding – and we got on the Night Bus and Cal drove the Ford Anglia.

We were all astounded by what you can do with  foam, wood and plaster. Sylv spent a very long time in Diagon Alley and Chris was very taken with Dumbledore’s cloak. We all agreed that rather sadly, we’d have been Death Eaters because their costumes and wigs are so fab.

Sylv wants us to copy this for Rosie’s grave.

We saw three very  small Weasleys, a Dolores Umbridge and very very many people wearing cloaks. Including two very elderly people. They were Hufflepuffs I think.  And quite an old teenager seemed to have a cloak and a Lucius Malfoy wig. No, we weren’t dressed up.

If you get the chance, go. It is really really interesting and breathtaking in its design and development and sheer magic.

And you know what, it was nice following in Rosie’s footsteps. Sylv even wore her red boots. 🙂 🙂

Jo xx



11 Responses to “Butterbeer”

  1. Jill (beckys aunty) April 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Hi Jo, funny that I have just been watching videos of rosie on you tube, dont no why really just was thinking about Becky and that makes me thnk of rosie as I know Becky misses her so much as you all do, I bet Rosie would have loved the film set

    Jill x

  2. Coz Al April 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Eeeeeeee! It looks and sounds amazing, only two more months before Lucy, Ben and I get to go! Can’t wait, glad you all had such a great time, Cal looks cock-a-hoop to be sat in that car. Did anyone get a chance to fly a broom? X

    • Rosie's Mum April 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      No – that was the one place with a long queue so we went and had some Butterbeer instead.

  3. micthemini April 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    How do you do this tour? off to check online…
    Sound pretty amazing, and so glad you had a great time.

  4. celia butler April 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    I don’t know a lot about the whole Harry Potter saga, but this does sound like an amazing exhibition. You all obviously had a great time, which is the main thing. Brilliant idea for Sylvie to wear Rosie’s boots – she was certainly sharing those footsteps with you. x

  5. Jackie Mash April 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Sounds amazing, so glad you had a good time x

  6. Deborah Morgenstern April 21, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    Oh – I SOOOO want to go now!

  7. Sue H April 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    A friend of mine has a recipe for butterbeer that involves a dishwasher 🙂

    • Jo April 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

      What? You have to tell.

    • micthemini April 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      A dishwasher??? Que?? Spill the beans, please 🙂

  8. Sue H April 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Think its slightly different to the butterbeer you had but here goes:


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