Today's post is almost a continuation of the one previously. Today I'm reliving and sharing with you the goodies that I brought home with me from the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. I had such a wonderful day out, and if you haven't seen the post, with lots of photos from the day, you can check it out here!
The gift shop can be accessed from the moment you walk into the tour, so there are plenty of children that wander around in House robes, waving wands. It's really cute, apart from when one nearly has a wand in the eye or nose accident. Then it's tears, tantrums and looks of embarrassment from the parents as they try and tell everyone sorry... Luckily, we saw none of that on our trip!
As I explained in the last post, we visited the gift shop, prior to entering the tour, but there was so much that it was too much to take in. We thought that if we went in first we would know what we wanted coming out of the tour, which would make things easier. It didn't. Anyway, these are the lovely things I brought home with me, even though some prices are steep!
Now, if you've been around this blog, you know I've been sorted into Hufflepuff and I really wanted to show my pride for my House. Most people still think it's a bit of a joke, but I'm proud. Reading into what makes a person a Hufflepuff really opened my eyes to my personality and what kind of person I really am. It helped that when I went around the tour, I was wearing my Hufflepuff shirt, that I got from New Look about two years ago. When I found this adult t-shirt in the store, I was pleasantly surprised. It shows the symbol for the house (badger), with the character attribute "Loyal" on the front. It also shows the house name, if you're unfamiliar with it, and keeps to the colour of the house - yellow. A cotton t-shirt, there are a wide variety of sizes, and is incredibly comfortable. I really like the design of this, and will be proud to show my House off! This was £19.95.
Next is another piece of Hufflepuff memorabilia, and it's a mug! I already have a standard mug from my last trip to London (bought from the Kings Cross shop), but this is a different design. I love the fact that it's also an attribute mug and matches the t-shirt, down to colouring and design. The trait and logo are on the front, and the House name around the back of the handle. All this design work is sculpted and slightly raised, which is a nice touch. It's quite a heavy mug, so I think this will be on my shelf - I don't want to risk breaking it when washing up! It's almost like an old fashioned stein mug, and because of that, it has a real Harry Potter set vibe. This was £12.95.
The penultimate item is a wand. I already have a replica of Hermione's that was brought from America, but this one has come from the tour! This wand is slightly different to my usual style, especially as it belonged to a Death Eater. This is the wand of Antonin Dolohov, the man who participated in murdering Fabian and Gideon Prewitt, escaped Azkaban during the Second War, and injured Hermione with purple like flames during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. After the death of Dumbledore when Death Eaters were once again at the height of their powers, he and Rowle also assaulted Harry, Ron and Hermione in London, but were unsuccessful in the attempts. He is the Death Eater who killed Remus Lupin, but was defeated by Professor Flitwick. Yes, okay, Dolohov is not a nice person, but I really liked him, although he is a supporting character and not much is known about him. Also, having Hermione's wand, and his is a great contrast, considering their history in her fifth year! The wand is made of a sturdy material, and I love the design work of the skull handle. It looks realistic, as if it's made from real wood, and is not too heavy, despite the skull head. It is a collectable ornament, not a toy, and does come with a cushioned display box. This was £26.95.
And lastly, is this reusable shopper bag, featuring an owl carrying Harry's all important Hogwarts letter. Its a light bag, with a sturdy handle. The bag can be folded down, and comes with a small pocket inside. The pocket carries the same design as the front and back of the bag, which is a nice touch. It's perfect to carry all your treats out with, and it will be great to take all my university books to uni with in September. I love collecting reusable bags, and totes, so this is great to add to the collection, showing my love of the fandom! This was £2.95, as we spent over £30 in the store.
What would you buy at the tour? There's so much to choose from!
Yours, with eternal ink,
Currently reading: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare