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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- Behind-the-scenes Walking Tour
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- Step inside and discover the actual Great Hall and Diagon Alley
- See the actual props, costumes and effects from the Harry Potter film series
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The Harry Potter Studio Tour provides incredible opportunity to see behind the scenes the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – the most popular film series of all time. This tour showcases a huge array of amazing sets, costumes and props. It also reveals closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects that made these films so successful all over the world.
Platform 9 ¾ and Hogwarts Express
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London has expanded with a new section featuring a recreation of Platform 9 ¾ and the original Hogwarts Express steam engine! This permanent exhibit will open on 19th March and gives visitors the chance to climb aboard the train’s carriage and pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall. Scenes featuring the working train were shot at the Studios, including the iconic last scene in which a grown up Harry, Ron and Hermione wave their own children off to Hogwarts as they leave for school.
Magical Sweets and Treats
From 20th July – 6th September 2015, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London are serving up something extra special for visitors to The Making of Harry Potter – the first ever Sweets and Treats feature. Based on the films’ Ministry Munchies kiosk, learn from expert props and cake makers how both real and replica foods were made for the films, including the floating pudding and edible Gillyweed.
Here are just some of the things you can expect to see and do:
- Step inside and discover the actual Great Hall.
- Explore Dumbledore’s office and discover never-before-seen treasures.
- Step onto the famous cobbles of Diagon Alley, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.
- See iconic props from the films, including Harry’s Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid’s motorcycle.
- Learn how creatures were brought to life with green screen effects, animatronics and life-sized models.
- Rediscover other memorable sets from the film series, including the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, Potion’s classroom and Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic.
- Delve into the Dark Arts: see the Malfoy Manor fireplace and table around which Bellatrix Lestrange, the Malfoy family, the Death Eaters and Voldemort sat plus a 20-foot model of Voldemort’s snake Nagini!
- Return transportation to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London on a double decker branded bus
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