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Every Snapchat I Sent From The Harry Potter Studio

My patronus is butterbeer.

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Hi, I'm Chelsey, and I am, to put it very lightly, a Harry Potter enthusiast.

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Exhibits A, B, C, D, E, and F.

I live in London, and I won't say that decision had nothing to do with HP. On the weekends you can usually find me somewhere on this map:

It's a lifestyle.
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It's a lifestyle.

Last year, I stayed at London's technically unbranded but very much Harry Potter-inspired hotel.

Confession: I have stayed there twice.
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Confession: I have stayed there twice.

I Snapchatted my adventures and it was basically like spending the night in Gryffindor Common Room.

AKA I went to heaven and then I had to come back to Earth. Rude.

This year, I went on my fourth – COUNT 'EM, FOURTH – trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

It was generally as amazing as ever and as soon as they roll out yearly passes (hint, hint) I am buying myself TWO.And actually, this time was even more special, because they were premiering a limited exhibition of the 4 Privet Drive interior, which I'll get to shortly.
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It was generally as amazing as ever and as soon as they roll out yearly passes (hint, hint) I am buying myself TWO.

And actually, this time was even more special, because they were premiering a limited exhibition of the 4 Privet Drive interior, which I'll get to shortly.

So, of course, I figured some snaps were in order.

Here's my story.
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Here's my story.

You must go in via the Muggle entrance.

No tapping in through the bricks, I'm afraid.
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No tapping in through the bricks, I'm afraid.

But that's OK, because the inside is magical AF.

FFS DUMBLEDORE, WE GET IT. YOU'RE A GRYFFINDOR AT HEART.
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FFS DUMBLEDORE, WE GET IT. YOU'RE A GRYFFINDOR AT HEART.

And don't even get me started on the wizarding food porn.

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And you thought Chocolate Frogs were magical.

I MEAN THERE IS BUTTERBEER ICE CREAM, GUYS.

Forget Ron/Hermione, I am Me/Butterbeer.
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Forget Ron/Hermione, I am Me/Butterbeer.

And lots of other magical snacks to choose from.

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Chelsey Pippin / BuzzFeed

I'd stick with a good old-fashioned Sugar Quill, myself.

I ran into this absolute icon.

It wasn't on display during my last visits!
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It wasn't on display during my last visits!

And I got a first-hand look at Harry's evolution.

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TBH, when I'm flat-hunting, I give estate agents photos of Gryffindor Tower as a reference point.

And enjoyed a little nostalgia for my epic Ron crush.

Ron was my Cho Chang.
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Ron was my Cho Chang.

Then I started to get a little thirsty...

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Attitude

Praise God for Longbottoming.

I had a quick run-in with this asshole in the foyer...

If he had a nose, I could probably see up it from this angle.
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If he had a nose, I could probably see up it from this angle.

But then I ran into more welcome company.

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Chelsey Pippin / BuzzFeed

Miss you, buddy.

I saw TONS of the original costumes...

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And tried not to get weird about the fact that some of my favourite people once sweated in them.

And basically died checking out the props.

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SO MANY COOL THINGS.

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SO REAL.

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And oh my god, the design.

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Chelsey Pippin / BuzzFeed

The graphic designers of HP are the actual wizards.

I saw some horcruxes and Hallows, nbd...

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Chelsey Pippin / BuzzFeed

Now how about that Elder Wand?

And found out that magic cats are just like regular cats.

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Chelsey Pippin / BuzzFeed

AKA they're cute little assholes.

I relived some of my best memories...

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Chelsey Pippin / BuzzFeed

BRB, just imagining Tracy Jordan as a dreamcast Snape.

And some of my worst.

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I am scarred for life and not in a cool lightning-bolt-shaped way.

The sets are amazing.

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Chelsey Pippin / BuzzFeed

Like, really, truly incredible.

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I mean, it feels like you're really there...

And since I must not tell lies, Umbridge's office is actually one of my favourite exhibits.

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Chelsey Pippin / BuzzFeed

So much cringey pink detail!

And for now, there's even more sets to explore than usual...

Where it all began...
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Where it all began...

Because the door to Privet Drive has been opened...

Enemies of the Dursleys beware.
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Enemies of the Dursleys beware.

And it is....

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Chelsey Pippin / BuzzFeed

PURE MAGIC.

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I love it so much. I love it so, so, so much.

But there's really nothing as wonderful as the Hogwarts model at the end.

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There's so much nostalgia and wonderful, wonderful things leading up to it that by the time I get to the end, I usually just burst.

I got a little choked up when I ran into this on my way out...

The wand display at the end of the tour contains a box labelled for every cast and crew member, and even J.K. Rowling herself.
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The wand display at the end of the tour contains a box labelled for every cast and crew member, and even J.K. Rowling herself.

But I helped myself to a little pick-me-up in the shamelessly perfect gift shop at the end.

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It was the best, and I am just waiting for them to accept my offer to follow in Filch's footsteps and be a squib caretaker. I would be perfectly OK with that.

Hogwarts is home, after all.
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Hogwarts is home, after all.

Privet Drive is open at the Harry Potter Studio Tour from 27 May to 6 June 2016.

Book here.