Harry Potter Studio Trip – 3 months ago

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I wrote this for Studio magazine and since I didn’t get paid for it, here it is.

Just outside Watford, lurking on the outskirts of the suburbs, is Leavesden studios, home of the new Harry Potter Studio Tour. Any Potter fan would be thrilled at the chance to roam around the magical sets of the wizarding franchise, so I went and scoped out the attraction to make sure it meets the high expectations of the films’ ferocious fans.

The first glimpse of magic happens at Watford Junction station where specially decorated buses await eager fans to take the 15 minute drive to Leavesden. Although it’s surely easier to drive, taking the train is a little like actually going to Hogwarts and kids will be thrilled to get on the Potter themed buses so don’t miss out.
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Kapow Comic Con

After years of UK geeks bemoaning the lack of a San Diego Comic Con equivalent, we finally got to experience the same heat, crowds and sweaty nerd love this past weekend at the first ever Kapow! Comic Con. Kick-Ass and Wanted writer Mark Millar is the man behind the event and he pulled out all the stops as there was something for everyone; comics (a lot), movies (big ones) and games (um, there was an IGN section, does that count?)

Anywho, we ventured out of the Breadline broom cupboard, clad in our geekiest attire, joined the thousands of people headed to the Business Design Centre in sunny Islington. While the nerd herd queued up outside, we floated through the doors, slapping security guards aside with our VIP passes. Do It!

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Pot(ter)


In the past few weeks, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows fever has swept over the Internet like a giant magical tsunami, engulfing every movie blog it encounters. But somewhere, in the midst of the chaos, shock waves began to ripple through many a wi-fi enabled coffee shop as less-than-glowing reviews were bandied around the Internet.

Critics are picking apart The Deathly Hallows as if it were a still warm corpse, which begs the question: will the Deathly Hallows fail to maintain the series’ success in the face of these negative reviews? No, of course not, don’t be so ridiculous. However, the reviews did get me wondering about how the film has become such a global phenomenon and that in the last two months it has turned people from the age of five to fifty into a merch-buying, film-watching, wand-waving lunatics? Do It!