^ Look! I found the Gryffindor unicorn!
Yes, this is the Gryffindor Common Room set, on location at Leavesden Studios, home to the Harry Potter films, and to my belated birthday surprise. Having been to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in Los Angeles and the Wizarding World at Universal Orlando, I wasn’t sure what more Leavesden could add. I’m also a bit of a book snob. Nothing about the movies can possibly be as magical as careful flip through my crippled copy of Sorcerer’s Stone [yes I’m American].
What’s cool about Leavesden is its authenticity – this is where it happened, man. And an up-close view shows how much attention and detail went into each moment. Evidence of Jo Rowling appreciation. Okay, respect.