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Harry Potter London Ticket Resale: everything you need to know to get tickets to the studios

Do you want to visit the Harry Potter Studios Park in London but are afraid that the tickets will fly away before you can buy them? I tell you how you can get them before they sell out and what alternatives you have.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

6 min read

Harry Potter London Ticket Resale: everything you need to know to get tickets to the studios

Harry Potter Studios Park | ©Karen Roe

Since opening its doors in 2012, Harry Potter Studios Park has been one of London's most popular tourist attractions. Every year thousands of "Potterheads" from all over the world travel to the city expressly to see the studios where your favorite movies were filmed and this means that tickets to the Warner Bros. studios are highly coveted.

On certain occasions it may even seem that you can only get them by magic but nothing could be further from the truth. In this post I tell you how to buy tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park before they sell out and what alternatives there are if this happens so you can make the most of the saga of J.K. Rowling during your stay in London.

1. How to get tickets to the Harry Potter studios before they sell out?

Park Tickets| ©jfer21
Park Tickets| ©jfer21

The key is how far in advance you buy your tickets. Harry Potter Studios Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London and receives thousands of visitors every day, so if you know you want to visit the Warner Bros. studios where some of the movies were filmed, it is best to book your tickets as soon as you know when you are going to travel to the British capital.

Buying the tickets online and in advance you can reserve a date and a specific time to make the visit. This way you will ensure your place at a specific time, since the capacity is limited and if you leave it to the last minute it is likely that there are no tickets left.

The first place where most "Potterheads" usually look for tickets is on the Warner Bros. website, which causes the demand there is extremely high and tickets are sold out quickly as if by magic (never better said!).

This page does not save tickets to release them later so that visitors can buy them on the same day, so do not trust and as the saying goes "do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today". Book them as soon as possible!

But don't get discouraged because this is not the only option to get tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park.

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2. What to do if Harry Potter tickets are sold out

Hogwarst Castle| ©Karen Roe
Hogwarst Castle| ©Karen Roe

Don't despair if there are no tickets available on the Harry Potter Studios Park website for the date you want - all is not lost!

Occasionally there are visitors who at the last minute make a change to their plans and decide to pay an additional £10 fee to change the date of their tickets depending on studio availability, so if you visit the website very often you may be able to find tickets available for a day that was previously listed as full.

Book an organized tour to Harry Potter Studios Park and avoid headaches

If even if you keep a very close eye on the Warner Bros Studios website you will not find tickets available, don't worry, because there is another option that will help you to fulfill your dream and that is to book them through an organized tour to the Harry Potter Studios Park.

Unlike tickets on the Warner Bros. website, where normally people only buy tickets, on sites like Hellotickets you can book your place on an organized tour to Harry Potter Studios Park which includes both tickets and bus travel to the studios in Leavesden (Hertfordshire), 32 kilometers northwest of London.

In my opinion, this really is the most convenient option to visit the Harry Potter Studios Park, especially if you don't want to deal with London public transport or if you go with your family, as you will go straight to the studios and the journey will not be so hard for the kids.

Simplifying the organization of the logistics will make you enjoy the experience much more. You won't have to worry about having to transfer between different means of transport, and you won't have to keep track of their schedules to get there on time.

Book a tour of Harry Potter Studios Park

3. I can't find tickets, should I go to resale?

Visiting Dursley's House on the Tour| ©Bill Bartlett
Visiting Dursley's House on the Tour| ©Bill Bartlett

There are times of the year like Christmas in London or summer in London where demand skyrockets and finding available tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park seems like an impossible mission.

This can lead us to contemplate other options that under normal circumstances we would not value, such as resale in the vicinity of the attraction or on websites for the sale of second-hand products.

However, resale is not the most advisable place to get tickets because buying them from an unknown person entails certain risks. These risks are described below.

Dangers of buying Harry Potter Studios Park tickets on resale

  • You are given a fake ticket with which you cannot access the venue.
  • You receive a duplicate ticket because many copies of the original have been made for resale, so that only the first visitor to arrive at the site could access and all others who also have a duplicate ticket would be left out.
  • That you pay an exorbitant price for the ticket, especially for attractions as popular as Harry Potter where there is a huge demand to attend.
  • That the reseller sends you the tickets "in extremis". When you buy them on second hand websites you often have to wait almost with your heart in a fist for them to be sent to you and depending on the formality of the seller this can be delayed in time. If they ever arrive.

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4. Alternatives to enjoy Harry Potter in London if you can't get tickets

King's Cross Station is Track 9 and ¾| ©Brian Griffin
King's Cross Station is Track 9 and ¾| ©Brian Griffin

If in spite of everything you did not manage to buy tickets to the Harry Potter Studios Park, neither on the Warner Bros. Studios website nor by booking your place on an organized bus tour, do not be discouraged because in London there are other ways to enjoy the magical universe of Harry Potter and have a tremendously fun time.

Take a tour of Harry Potter locations in London

The British capital is full of places that served as settings for the Harry Potter films.

So if you like the saga of the young wizard, a good plan to do in London is to :::link|text=:go through all these locations on a guided tour|element=pa-659:: to relive some of the most iconic scenes of the films.

In addition, during the tour you can also discover in a different and fun way some of the most popular monuments of the city.

If you feel like doing this activity as an alternative to visiting the Harry Potter Studios Park, in the post Harry Potter movie locations in London you can see some of the locations of the saga to know them on your own going by subway.

However, you can also book the private driving tour of Harry Potter London or the one that includes a cruise to see the Harry Potter locations in the city.

However, to get the most out of the experience I recommend joining a guided location tour, as you will be accompanied through the streets of London by a professional guide who knows a lot of interesting facts about the making of the films, about the saga and about the city itself. You will see the difference!

Go shopping at the Harry Potter stores in London

Taking advantage of your trip to London you have to visit one of the Harry Potter stores in the city to get that souvenir of the saga that you always wanted to get for your collection.

There are many and they all sell something different! From clothes, mugs, stuffed animals or board games to typical sweets, stationery, gadgets or special editions of the novels.

If you want to stop by one of them to buy some gifts, take a look at the post The best Harry Potter stores in London where you will find several places in the city that you will love.

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