Year 4 explore the secrets behind the magical world of Harry Potter

Year 4 went on a truly memorable behind the scenes visit of the Warner Bros. Studios near London on Wednesday 23 January, as they discovered how the magic of the Harry Potter books came to life.

The Year 4 pupils have compiled a detailed report of the day's activities, which showcases just how much fun they all had.

"On Wednesday the 23 of January, Year 4 were lucky enough to visit the Harry Potter Studios near London. Our topic this term is based around the first Harry Potter book by JK Rowling. We all travelled on coaches to get to the studios and on the way it was surprisingly snowy! This made it even more exciting. Once we arrived we were all given an entry band and a special Harry Potter Passport, we had to collect 6 stamps as we went around the studios. We also had to try and find the hidden snitches, which was quite tricky! 

When we were ready to go in, we went into a cinema room and watched a short clip about how Harry Potter made its way around the world. Once it had finished, the screen lifted up and we could see the entrance to the real Great Hall! It was amazing! When we first walked in we were so excited by everything we could see, there was food set out on the tables for a feast and tiny fairies were flying around the Christmas trees. It looked truly magical!

As we made our way through the studios we saw lots of things we had read in the books, it really brought Hogwarts to life! After that we went to the broomstick area. The first activity was to make a broomstick fly into your hand without even needing to use any magic! Next we got to fly on a real broomstick whilst having a photo taken and we were given real Hogwarts robes to wear. The next thing we took part in was a wand experience. We learnt lots of exciting moves and at the end we even got to have a duel with each other, which was really fun.

After that we went through the Forbidden Forest and even got to go on the Hogwarts Express. After lunch, it was time to visit Privet Drive, before making our way over to Diagon Alley, which we were really excited about. We saw all of the different shops like the Leaky Cauldron and Eeylops Owl Emporium. After that we went to see a model of Hogwarts which was used in all of the films. It was incredible and so detailed. There were screens to look at that gave us more information too. In groups we gathered ideas to describe this building which we have used in class since. Sadly it was now the end of the day and we had to go home. We all gained a huge amount from the trip and look forward to completing our Harry Potter topic in school."

7 February 2019

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