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. 🙂 🙂