Posted by Kirstie
*Spoiler Alert! This blog contains details of what you will see and do on The Making of Harry Potter Tour!*
Last Wednesday a number of Superbreak staff were lucky enough to take another visit to The Making of Harry Potter tour at Warner. Bros Studios in Leavseden, near London. After visiting previously while the sets were still under construction, it was great to see the finished article prior to the attraction’s grand opening on 31st March.
Our tour began in the Cinema area where we saw a video introduction to the Studios’ history narrated by the Harry Potter stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, before being led by our guide into the breathtaking Great Hall set. Our energetic guide told us fascinating facts about the set, and for those of us who were a bit rusty on our Harry Potter movie trivia, reminded us of some of the iconic scenes that were filmed there, including the Yuletide Ball and the drawing of names from the Goblet of Fire. I particularly enjoyed seeing the tiny robes worn by Daniel in the first of the films, and the Hufflepuff Quidditch Costume as worn by Robert Pattinson himself.
After our exciting introduction we were left to explore the remainder of the sets by ourselves, which take you through all the fascinating roles people play in creating the movies and bringing the magic to life – from costume and wardrobe to graphic and set design. The level of detail included in the film sets, including the Potion’s classroom, the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid’s Hut, Dumbledore’s Office and the Weasley’s kitchen is utterly mind blowing.
Throughout the sets, the previously secret methods used to create some of the most spectacular scenes from the films are revealed, including green screen technology, animatronics and life-size models. You even get the chance to explore green screen technology for yourself and enjoy a broomstick ride that transports you over the winding streets of London and beyond!
For me, the overall highlight of the tour was the scale model of Hogwarts Castle and grounds. Stepping into the ambient room, the size and complexity of the model really does take your breath away. The 50ft wide model is superbly detailed and features over 2,500 fibre optic lights that bring the castle to life.
This brand new tour promises to be a fantastic attraction for Harry Potter fans and movie lovers alike, and is a must-see for anyone planning an attraction break. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is located in Leavesden just 20 miles North-West of London and is easily accessible from central London, Watford and Kings Langley stations. Entrance tickets and hotel packages available now from £161.16 per family of 4.
What is your favourite Harry Potter movie? Are you planning on visiting this new attraction?