Posted by Becky
Opening on the 31st March 2012 the Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family. Some of the Superbreak team were invited to take a sneak peak inside the studios before the grand opening in March. Armed with hard hats and high visibility jackets we were guided through the studios, which are currently having the finishing touches added to them. Whether a Harry Potter fan, film fanatic or simply want to see the magic behind the movies there is plenty to see, with some fantastic secrets saved for the opening too.
Stepping into the Warner Bros Studio is like entering a whole new world, with props from the Harry Potter films, film sets including the Potion’s classroom, the Gryffindor common room, Hagrids Hut, Dumbledore’s Office and of course the Great Hall you could easily lose yourself within the details of the sets. From the hundreds of potion bottles all neatly lined up to the hidden treasures of Dumbledore’s office the amount of detail and intricacy in the sets is amazing.
Going through the studios you can discover how the film effects were created with green screen technology, animatronics and life-sized models including the iconic Nimbus 2000, Hagrid’s motorcycle, the Knight bus and more. One of the highlights of the tour is the moment you step onto the stunning Diagon Alley, walking along the cobbled streets you can stop and look into the shop windows of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.
With plenty of photo opportunities and a fantastic gift shop you can take a little piece of Harry Potter home with you at the end of the day. Our guide estimated that with the amount of things to look at and explore a tour around The Making of Harry Potter could take up to three hours, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to experience it all.
Based in Leavesden just a short train ride from London the Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter offers a great and unique day out for those staying on London breaks. Will you be heading down to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, what is your favourite scene from the films?