Since opening its doors in 2012, Harry Potter Studios Park welcomes thousands of "Potterheads" from all over the world every year who travel to London expressly to see the studios where your favorite movies were filmed. This means that tickets to 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, avoiding resale, so you can enjoy J.K. Rowling's saga to the fullest....
How to get tickets to Harry Potter Studios before they sell out?
The key is how early you buy your tickets. The 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 part of the films 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 tickets with transfers to the Harry Potter studios online and in advance you can reserve a date and a specific time to make the visit. This way you will be able to secure 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 the tickets are sold out quickly as if by magic (never better said!).
What to do if Harry Potter tickets are sold out
But don't be discouraged because this is not the only option to get tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park.
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!
Sometimes visitors make a last minute 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 frequently you may be able to find tickets available for a day that was previously listed as full.
Book tickets with transfers 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 Harry Potter Studios Park.
Unlike tickets on the Warner Bros website, where normally people just buy tickets, on sites like Hellotickets you can book your tickets with transfers to Harry Potter Studios Park which includes both access and bus travel to the studios in Leavesden (Hertfordshire), 32 kilometers northwest of London.
In my opinion, this really is the most convenient option for visiting Harry Potter Studios Park, especially if you don't want to deal with London's public transport or if you are going with your family, as you will be going straight to the studios and the journey won't be so tiring 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, nor will you have to keep track of their schedules to get there on time.
I can't find tickets, should I go to the resale?
This may 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. We see them below.
Dangers of buying tickets to the Harry Potter Studios Park on resale
- You may be given a fake ticket that will prevent you from entering the park.
- 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 your 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.
Alternatives for enjoying Harry Potter in London if you can't get tickets
If you still can't get tickets to the Harry Potter Studios Park, either on the Warner Bros. Studios website or by booking your place on an organized bus tour, don't be discouraged because in London there are other ways to enjoy the magical universe of Harry Potter and have a tremendous amount of fun.
Take a Harry Potter location tour 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 go through all these locations on a guided tour to relive some of the most iconic scenes of the films.
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, to get the most out of the experience I recommend you to join a guided tour of locations, as you will be accompanied by a professional guide who knows a lot of interesting facts about the filming of the movies, about the saga and about the city itself. You will see the difference!
I leave you the options of tours that Hellotickets has for you to book the one that best suits you:
- Harry Potter Tour in London
- Private car tour of Harry Potter's London
- Cruise on the Thames and Harry Potter locations
Shopping in the Harry Potter stores in London
Taking advantage of your trip to London you have to visit some of the Harry Potter stores in the city to get that souvenir of the saga you've always wanted to get for your collection.
There are many and they all sell something different! From clothes, mugs, plushies 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, check out the post The best Harry Potter stores in London where you will find several places in the city that you will love.