11 January 2013

Harry Potter and the Charity Shop Shirt

Happy Friday, my lovely readers!

As you may, or may not, know - my Christmas present from the boyfriend was tickets to the Harry Potter set tour at Warner Bros Studios in Watford. Being a complete and utter Harry Potter nerd, you can imagine my excitement when I found out!

Kane and I were lucky enough to spend eight days together over New Year, four in my home town and four in his - and drove from Bristol to Watford on Monday 7th January for our tour time of 3.30pm.

A couple of days before, we decided to visit a little village not too far from Kane's house called Thornbury - known for only consisting of charity shops and pubs.

Admittedly, I hardly ever go charity shopping. Lots of fashionistas boast about how they find bargains in them, but when I'd been previously I found nothing but old tat. UNTIL THAT DAY IN THORNBURY!

I picked up this little beauty in the Multiple Sclerosis shop:

Vintage shirt - £3

And wore it to the studios on the Monday! Encapsulating the dark romance of A/W 12, this floral shirt is the final trend-driven piece I will buy for this season! Purchases from now on will be bought with S/S 13 in mind.  I paired the shirt with jeggings, thick socks and Chelsea-style boots for a look that was comfy and casual, yet fashionable:

I then added a vintage leather jacket to toughen up the look, and a warm, cream scarf in order to battle the cold:

Needless to say, the set tour was amazing! I was astounded. You don't realise how much hard work goes into creating the sets, props and costumes for the films. Just being able to walk round the place where they filmed a lot of the scenes blew my mind.

I don't want to spoil it for people who haven't been, therefore I'm only going to upload a few photo highlights. But if you're a fan of Harry Potter, you should definitely go if you get the opportunity! It's not to be missed.

Outside the entrance:

In the Great Hall:

Admiring Dumbledore's office:

Having a poke around Hagrid's Hut:

Exploring Diagon Alley:

Buying my first Butterbeer: 

It's very tasty! Sweet, creamy and not quite fizzy - but certainly scrumptious!

Outside Number 4, Privet Drive:

Us on Hagrid's motorbike:

And, finally, the pride and joy of the Art department - a 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts - which was really impressive:

I also bought myself a few goodies from the gift shop (it had to be done!):

My favourite is the Deathly Hallows symbol necklace. Expensive, but SO WORTH IT. It's incredibly cool:

I can't wait to wear it!

Thank you to Kane for taking me to the set tour, thank you to the people behind the scenes for creating such a wonderful experience and thank you J.K Rowling for the magic that is Harry Potter!

(Check out the article I wrote for IDEAL, on the do's and don'ts of charity shopping here. Note: this post is dedicated to my Grams, who loved Harry Potter almost as much as I do. RIP, forever in my heart. Xo)


  1. Do you make a habit of finding great things in charity shops? I've not found anything in any of the ones I look in except for a photo frame haha. Love the shirt! xx

  2. Hey,

    Harry Potter studios looks amazing, I am taking my daughter for her birthday, she is Harry Potter daft!


  3. Claire - admittedly, I'd never found anything of value until I came across the shirt! And now I'm more willing to give charity shops a try :) you just gotta be prepared to hunt! Xo

    Tracy - That's a great idea, she will love it! Hope you have fun and let me know how you find it. Xo

    1. You certainly do have to hunt! I'm determined to find something, my boyfriends mum found a genuine Louis Vuitton bag in there for £8! Sometimes they have no idea what they are selling, hence that bag being so cheap.

      Thanks for the lovely comment about my hat and my blog by the way Katie. I love yours and I've started following :)

      montageme.blogspot.co.uk xx

  4. Wow, so lucky! Would love to go there! :)

  5. I do love a thrift store find :)

  6. Eek I love Harry Potter, great thrifted shirt too x


  7. Ah I went here last May and absolutely loved it. Im a crazed Potter fan too, you've reminded me to pop a post on here as I took 100's of photos!
    I love the necklace, I really wanted to get a chocolate frog but for £8 I nearly fainted! Great post x

  8. Great pictures!! Your blouse is really stunning!! I love the pattern and the colors so much:) Suits you!!

    Hope you visit me on my blog

  9. Thanks everyone for your kind words :) for those of you who left links - I will be sure to check them out!


  10. I love HP!


  11. Sorry about Grams :( xxx
    LOVE the shirt, I'm a big fan of purple and wish more people would wear it



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