The Harry Potter experience at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is pretty good – but it just got better.
A new exhibition has opened that lets massive fans of the films walk into an area they haven’t before been able to visit – the house that Harry grew up in. As most Potter fans know, Harry grew up sleeping in a pokey cupboard under the stairs with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and cousin Dudley where he was banned from using magic and lived like the family’s slave.
That was until he received not one but thousands of letters from Hogwarts calling him to start his schooling in wizardry. They all came flying through the fire place and front door of number four, Privet Drive, and that’s exactly what you can see here.
In homage to the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, graphic designers MinaLima – who worked on all eight movies – brought the Dursley’s house back to life, including an incredible installation of the letters Harry received.
The house has been recreated in authentic detail, with the actual ugly furniture and terrible decor from the first film. There are trophies, TV remotes, photo frames, and even and Dudley’s ridiculous awards adorn the walls – like his award for eating up all his lunch, and for managing to swim five metres.
The only thing missing is Harry’s little cupboard under the stairs, which is featured elsewhere in the tour, but in my opinion really should be in this house. There is a door to show where it would be though so you can use your imagination.
What’s also pretty cool is that there is also the chance to see how the letters were sent flying in the movie in the scene where Harry was accepted into Hogwarts as the machine which threw them through the letter box has been recreated by Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson. So have hundreds of hand-made letters to recreate the effect – 10,000 were made for the original movie.
As you exit the house you see it’s all just a set with scaffolding all over the shop and realise you’ve just stepped right behind the scenes of HP’s life. It’s a cool look behind the scenes for Potter Heads.
And once you’ve done all that you can go and bury your face in a tub of butterbeer ice cream. Perfect.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter unveils the interior set of number four, Privet Drive for the first time. The set is open to the public from 27th May for a limited time only and is included in the ticket price wbstudiotour.co.uk.
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