Book Nerd Problems #6: Public Displays of Nerdiness

Posted March 29, 2013 by Debby in Uncategorized

This is a periodic discussion feature here at Snuggly Oranges about the many problems one can run into as a book nerd.

#6. Public Displays of Nerdiness (or, ‘How Debby Went to Hogwarts’)

Every so often, as a true book nerd, I just can’t contain myself. Something awesome happens or I see something in public, and that gives me some feelings, and true to my socially awkward self, I make that rather visible. Depending on how nerdy/intense the stimulus/feelings, the following reactions are all game:
    • Gasping
    • Squealing
    • Mad giggling
    • Jumping
    • Rambling
    • Shouting
    • FaintingΒ 
    Now, obviously, most of these reactions occur behind closed doors, because I spend way more time on my computer than I’d care to admit. But there are those few times when I’m in public and I just can’t help it.

    Tired of this intro already? Yes, obviously this whole little bit is just a pretense for me getting to share with you my adventures at The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. Be warned, this post has LOADS of pictures. Click on them to enlarge them.


    Welcome to The Making of Harry Potter! From the outside, it just looks like a warehouse, but as soon as you enter those doors, the excitement begins. Waiting in line for the tour takes you right to the beginning: the cupboard under the stairs. And that’s where, for me, the squealing and jumping began.

    Once you’re allowed in, there’s an introduction in the cinema. You’re greeted by… Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. Throughout the tour there are TV screens where one of them will occasionally introduce the new section for you and give some insight about their experiences on set. Of course, there are also interviews with the directors, producers, designers, etc. I digress, their introduction finishes and… SURPRISE. The screen pulls up and you are greeted by the entrance to the Great Hall. It seriously shocked me. I just gasped. And gaped. It felt so real.

    Each house had its own section that showed some of the costumes of people from that house. This included Cedric Diggory‘s costume from the Triwizard Tournament, Draco Malfoy‘s robes, and Daniel Radcliffe‘s first ever robes as Harry Potter (so tiny!!). At the far end of the hall, there were the professors and to my surprise the scales for the points for the House Cup. I never noticed them in the movies! I thought they’d left them out and it made me so mad. (After now watching The Sorcerer’s Stone again, I can confirm that they are visible, just in the background.) Anyway, that made me really excited – what else had they included that I never noticed??


    One of the features of the tour was, of course, the costumes. They were just so amazing to see. In fact, a couple could be purchased in the souvenir shop: for example, Hermione’s Yule Ball dress and Voldemort/Snape’s robes. They were expensive, for sure, but if purchased, they would be tailored to fit your body. So. You know. There’s something to be said for that. Perhaps I would have been tempted by Hermione’s dress if it was periwinkle blue. /nerd

    Indoor Sets

    It probably sounds extremely corny, but seeing the indoor sets really made me feel nostalgic. They were just how I remembered, but the detail – you don’t really pay attention to it that much when you’re watching the movies. But every inch of it just reflects the world of Harry Potter and… it’s just beautiful. This is just a glimpse of some of the sets, to show you everything would just make this post way too long.


    Of course there was also a massive amount of props to look at.Β  Not much to say, just that I want ALL OF IT, especially…. the books.

    Outdoor Sets

    After this long indoor trip, the tour opens up to some fresh air but still provides you with more sets. Here you can see: the Knight Bus, Voldemort’s father’s grave, Number 4 Privet Drive, Harry’s parents’ house in Godric’s Hollow, the bridge to Hogwarts, assorted chess pieces, the flying car and motorcycle.

    And as an extra treat, you can get some BUTTERBEER. Umm, I don’t know what to tell you guys, that was awkwarddd and not exactly good tasting.

    The Creature Shop

    A special section of the tour is totally devoted to the magical creatures. Whoa. It was amazing to see how real they all looked – especially baby Voldemort. Oh god, I was seriously just shuddering when I saw that. And Aragog. I’m terrified of spiders, so I’m pretty sure I let out a mini-scream when I saw him hanging down from the ceiling.

    Diagon Alley

    By far the most amazing piece of the set that was available was Diagon Alley. It seriously felt like we were there. We were shopping in Diagon Alley – so vivid and complete. The feeling was indescribable. I’m pretty sure I just walked through there, mouth open, slowly progressing while taking pictures of everything.

    omg it’s a Debby (and her best friend). x_x

    Concept Art

    A section of the tour was completely devoted to the art department. Aside from interesting sketches for props and 3D scale models for sets, they had a section devoted to concept art. Basically, artists create these scenes based on the books, and those are used as inspiration for the movies. I was speechless. They were so beautiful. Honestly, if I could have afforded it, I would just buy a couple of those and have them hung on my walls. (Sadly, the pictures of them kind of suck.)


    Now after Diagon Alley, the next most awesome thing was definitely this 1/24 scale model of the Hogwarts castle. They used it for aerial shots and everything and… just woah.

    The Gift Shop

    Okay, so the gift shop was definitely the point where my nerdiness hit its peak, and I ran around, taking the time to look at everything – we were in there for probably around an hour. At multiple random intervals, I could be found loudly exclaiming, “I’ll have ALL OF IT.” (Then I looked at the price tags and cried.)

    Overall Impressions

    This was a dream come true for a real Potter fan like me. Was it worth the 29 pound ticket, the traveling from London to the middle of nowhere, and the expensive prices in the souvenir shop? Definitely. Would I go again? YES. Well not immediately, but this was just a nerd dream come true. It immediately inspired me to want to watch the films again, which I am now doing, and to read the books again – though I’ll have to carefully plan when I can get around to that. I’m also the proud owner of a Ravenclaw scarf now, which I love. This was just fully satisfying, and all Potter fans should go sometime.


    The next day, my best friend took me to the Waterstones at Piccadilly Circus, the biggest bookstore in Europe. Cue the nerdgasms. We spent quite a long time there, and I looked at ALL the books. Somehow I managed to refrain from buying anything (mostly because I had no room in my baggage for it) but one thing tempted me above all else.

    I honestly just went and sat down in front of the bookshelves. On the floor. There were couches a few meters away, but no. I went one by one and stroked all of the covers, which were just unbelievably beautiful. I debated buying them but… NO ROOM. Which made me so sad. At a certain point, I swear, I could hear the cameras turning and zooming towards me, trying to figure out what in the world this crazy girl was doing, sitting on the floor in front of the bookshelves. Umm. Yeah.

    Let’s Talk!

    What about you guys? Have you been to the Making of Harry Potter? What did you think? If not, when was your last public display of nerdiness? What was your display like? Let me know in the comments!

    Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.J.K. Rowling



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    22 responses to “Book Nerd Problems #6: Public Displays of Nerdiness

    1. I’ve been to the Harry Potter Exhibition in New York where I saw the costumes and props as well. It was absolutely amazing but I would love to go to the Making of Harry Potter someday as well because it looks even more fantastic! And I really, really want to go to the Wizarding World in Florida. And even though I’ve only heard terrible things about the butter beer, my inner Harry Potter fangirl will make me drink it some day. πŸ˜› Loved your photos and report, thank you for taking the time to post it all!

      • Ooh I didn’t know about the one in New York, huh. Yeah, this one was amazing, I really felt like I was in that world. I’m curious about the Florida exhibit too! xD The butter beer was so awful, hahahaa, but I agree, every fan just has to try it. xD You’re welcome!

    2. I haven’t been to the HP museum (that word seems to fit…) and I haven’t read Harry Potter or seen all of the movies *gasp*. I do plan on changing that eventually…

      My public outbreaks of nerdiness generally happen in book areas of stores, generally when I see a book that A) I thought wasn’t out yet B) I wasn’t expecting to see in AUS stores or C) I”M SO EXCITED FOR I NEED IT RIGHT NOW. My outbursts involve lots of jumping and squeeing and jittery hands.

      I also recently initiate a conversation with a stranger in public because the were wearing a shirt feature symbols from one of my favourite animes. I couldn’t believe it! I started a conversation with a stranger! In real life! About something I like! I told my sister and she couldn’t believe it XD

      • D: What is wrong with you?? Read Harry Potter!! Now!! You must. You love, Percy Jackson, you’ll love Harry Potter. I’m kind of stunned by this, hahaha…

        YES, the bookstores definitely cause me to have public displays of nerdiness as well. That’s like, the end of my post, with the Doctor Who books. I was just squealing and stroking the covers…. wow. I’m pretty much like you in that regard xD

        Oooh, nice one xD I’m deadly afraid of starting conversations with strangers. But I do think now, with my Doctor Who fan level at its peak, I would probably be tempted to talk to anyone wearing a Doctor Who shirt. xD

    3. Um, yeah. I pretty much hate you now.

      My childhood was defined by Harry Potter, and if just this post and its pictures filled me with nostalgia and all the tingly feelings I’d get holding those books in my hands, I can only imagine how it felt for you to actually be there.

      So, y’know. I pretty much hate you right now about sums it up.

      P.S; When I’m done hating you, I’ll want you to know how much I love this post and those pictures and how happy I am for you that you got to have this experience.

      • I did expect that reaction. Hahaha I STILL LOVE YOU β™₯

        Same here, yeah, Harry Potter WAS my childhood, pretty much. The feeling was incredible. Indescribable. You should go if you ever get the chance.

        πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    4. Seriously, I didn’t even know this existed! I’ll be studying abroad in the London area starting in September so I have definitely just penciled this in as a MUST-DO while I’m there. The pictures look amazing! Eek!

      • Oooh that is so awesome! Definitely check it out. It’s only been open for a year, so don’t feel bad about that. But yeah, it’s epic.

    5. After reading this post, I think I need to go see it in real life. WOW.

      PS. There’s a Hogwarts hotline, where you can call and it will give you all this information. It’s pretty cool! πŸ˜‰

      • Hahaha, yay, I’m glad I could get you so excited about it πŸ˜€ It really was amazing. And yeah, I know about the Hogwarts hotline, hahaha.

    6. *THAT* sounds like an awesome nerdy day. So cool that you got to go! I need to plan more nerdy field trips, I think.
      On general, I think I hide my outburst of nerdiness fairly well(I can mask my emotions pretty well when I want), but get me talking about certain books and all bets are off. I think my nerdiest moment around other people was when some friends convinced me to get on Pottermore and be sorted and I was sorted into Gryffindor(It took me awhile to accept that I was actually a Gryffindor, having always seen myself as a Ravenclaw, but I created another account just to take the test again and got Gryffindor both times, so I gave in). Lots of exclaiming in the room at that moment!

      • Nerdy field trips – definitely!

        Oh, I have it too with books. Ask me what book I liked recently and I’ll be ranting for an hour about it. asdfjkl; really embarrassing sometimes.

        Awww πŸ™ That’s so sad! I’ve always known I was a Ravenclaw, and luckily, Pottermore confirmed it for me. But I can only imagine how mad I would have been if I was anything different. Hahaha. So do you still consider yourself a Gryffindor, or no? Because, like Harry showed, your personal choice also gets taken into account (he didn’t want to be Slytherin). πŸ™‚

    7. Usually when people post a lot of pictures I’m like OMG enough but THERE IS NEVER TOO MUCH HARRY POTTER. EVERRRRRR.
      I am SOOO jealous and I cannot wait to go here!!!! IT MUST happen!.
      Super awesome post and thank you so much for sharing!!!

      • HAHAHA I’m glad! I was scared it would be too many pictures, and I kept debating, you know, cut some and make it a DECENT SIZE POST but lose some of the awesomeness, or just revel in it. I had to share everything. Just had to. πŸ™‚

        I really hope you get to go there!! You’re welcome πŸ™‚

    8. I have not read Harry Potter (as you know… haha) and even I was gasping and giggling while reading this post! It must have been so amazing to see all that stuff! πŸ™‚ Glad you got to go!!!

      • GET TO IT BETTY. Hahaha, but seriously. You need to get started on this series. I’m glad I could even convince you of how awesome this was xD β™₯

    9. So um. I kind of feel like crying right now. (I’m not even going to try to be embarrassed about this.) I think I have found a new goal in life… Also, DID YOU BUY ANYTHING? I read everything twice but did you mention it or did I miss it? Or didn’t you buy anything? πŸ™


      Back to public displays of nerdiness. I didn’t read your post in public, but still, the reactions you mentioned pretty much described how I read this post:

      Gasping: OMG the cupboard under the stairs!
      Squealing: The Great Hall looks SO stunning!
      Mad giggling: Teehee Mad-Eye’s eye looks kind of weird.
      Jumping: So the werewolf has always freaked me out. BIG TIME. Even more than baby Voldy, who looks gross. *shudders*
      Rambling: Diagon Alley I want to live there can I live there please pretty please
      Shouting: OMG THE CASTLE OMG
      Fainting: …

      • That gif is amazing and I am saving it forever β™₯

        I’m so glad I could give you ALL THE FEELS haha. I have heard that there were people there that just started crying while walking through the Great Hall. I don’t know, I was just freaking excited about everything. I just went through the whole tour with my jaw dropped.

        I agree about Diagon Alley. I want to live there. Yep. β™₯ Dream home.

    10. Oh. My. God.

      I must admit that I’m a bit (see: INCREDIBLY) jealous at you now. I want to go to the Making of Harry Potter SO BAD. I NEED TO SEE IT. I need to feed my endless Harry Potter love <3

      I love being a nerd, haha.

      • YAY. Goal: get everyone jealous – CHECK. πŸ˜€ Just kidding. But yeah, you really should go. It was all around amazing.

        Being a nerd is awesome β™₯