Nearly two years ago American film company Warner Bros. was granted planning permission to build a permanent studio and visitors attraction at Leavesden near Watford where it filmed the blockbuster Harry Potter series.
Back then when I posted about the decision, I put a tour on my Christmas list - I'm a teeny bit of a Harry Potter fan. Well it's a little bit late for Christmas but on Saturday I got my wish and together with EG's Multimedia Editor Nathan Cross, who is also a fan, we went for preview of what is officially called the Warner Bros Studios Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.
Everything you see was used in the filming from the letter Harry was sent inviting him to Hogwarts in the first film to the entire street of Diagon Alley. The staff reckon on it taking about three hours to walk through but Nathan and I might have taken a little longer.
Local businesses, no doubt, will be rubbing their hands with glee as ahead of the official opening this Saturday, the tours are pretty much sold out until September. One enterprising local bus company has already got double deckers liveried up to run shuttle services from the station to the attraction.
It's an absolute must for Harry Potter fans - the Butter Beer is worth it alone but you can only book online.http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/