Today was extremely exhausting. We woke up at 6am, got ready for the day and went down for breakfast. We had to share a photo of the breakfast buffet. Everything is absolutely delicious.

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After breakfast we traveled to our meeting point to board the bus to Warner Brothers Studio (a 1.5 hour ride). There is only one word to describe the Harry Potter Tour…AMAZING! It couldn’t have been any better. When you first enter the building you are greeted with cast photos surrounding you which have to be at least 20 feet high. As you enter the queue (get used to the lingo, we’ve had to) you get to see the closet under the staircase where we all met Harry Potter.

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Next you are taken to a room where you discover how Harry Potter was brought to the silver screen and the unanticipated but greatly welcomed reception it had across the world.

In a very Disney-esc fashion you are then brought into another room (think about it, they have thousands of people visit a day, they need somewhere to put them) where you sit down and watch a video of Daniel, Rupert, and Emma discuss the tour. The last scene in which they exit is them entering Hogwarts School of Wizardry and when the screen ascends you are presented with the same door.

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You immediately enter the Great Hall, which is the exact set they used in every movie.

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From there we were whisked away into a large area that housed hundreds of pieces from every Harry Potter movie. Below is a sample of the items/sets we saw. We have many photos but won’t make you look at all of them.

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We don’t really know why but Butterbeer (cream soda with a hint of caramel and whipped topping) is much better here than at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure.

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Below is a photo of the model set they built for Hogwarts. It was used for exterior shots of the school.

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That was just a sample of the pictures. We also heard/read many behind the scene stories. Again, the one thing to take away from this post is that the tour was AMAZING!

We ate lunch at the studio, but more importantly than lunch is what came after it. Yum!

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Next we went to the Science Museum. A good portion of the museum was the history of science rather than science itself. The Industrial Revolution, including the invention of the steam engine was harped on for about an entire floor. Don’t get us wrong, advancement is great, but it gets boring after about the 30th man who made a different type of steam engine.

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There was a very cool art piece in which two men collaborated on an internet driven display. It’s difficult to tell from the picture below but it had over 250 mini displays that projected real time text from internet chat rooms and message boards. The result was quite funny as many people don’t hold back when they are hidden behind a computer screen.  There were multiple ways in which the information would come across, for example one time it pulled any phrases that began with “I like” and put them into sort of a music montage with each phrase being spoken by the computer.

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Here’s a Youtube example of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD36IajCz6A

For dinner we had a delicious Italian meal. Joey had lasagna and Megan had penne pasta with eggplant. This was also our first experience with unisex restrooms. Very weird for all involved.

Last of the night was our Jack the Ripper Tour. The tour guide harped on the fact that back in the late 1800s when the murders occurred, the area was one of the poorest and most dangerous in England. Well, they did a great job of keeping the area the same as we felt like we could have been murdered at any moment. The tour guide was able to use Ripper Vision, a handheld mini projector that projected murder scene photos on the wall. They were gruesome and stomach churning, exactly what we had hoped for on a serial killer focused tour. Of course to this day no one knows who Jack the Ripper was although the composite sketch provided among witnesses over the years has an uncanny resemblance to Freddie Mercury.

We returned to the hotel around 10:15pm and passed out from one of our most exhausting days yet.

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