Any Harry Potter fans and complete Potterheads over there? If yes, I hope you had a chance to visit Warner Bros Studio in London! I’ve visited it for the third time now – and every visit differs from another because there are always new displays to explore!
Obviously now, during the COVID-19 marching the world, the rules are stricter than ever: you book your slot online for a particular time, excessive hand washing/sanitising is encouraged on the site, you have to keep the social distancing rules, wear the mask at the inside areas, and the extra cleaning takes places on the premises too!
History of the Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros Studios London is located in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, not far from London – you can get there by the public transport and Harry Potter shuttle bus.
Originally, from 1940, the Leavesden Aerodrome was located on the site of the studious. A few owners of the aerodrome have changed in the post-war era, including the Rolls-Royce company, until it was eventually abandoned in the 1990s. And this is when the site was granted a second life when suddenly it became a place for cinema shooting! Leavesden studios is the place where all the Harry Potter movies were made! And more: among the films that were shot there, apart from the Harry Potter Saga, are James Bond: GoldenEye and Ricci’s Sherlock Holmes.
Then the site was transformed into the place accessible to the public. The tour landed in March 2012, and since then, it got upgraded and ameliorated with new displays and objects added to the exposition such as the Platform 9¾ with the Hogwarts Express, Forbidden Forest and Gringotts Bank. That’s why my every subsequent visit was no less interesting than the previous one – there was always something to explore!
Interesting: Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter never falls out of favor with the visitors! It has one of the best ratings for the attractions of this kind.
What you’ll see at the Harry Potter Tour
The self guided tour starts with a few video introductions and then goes through the various parts of the studio. The areas and the themes you can explore include the Great Hall, Gryffindor (and currently Slytherin) dormitory, Dumbledore’s office, Quidditch props and shoot ares, Potions classroom and Prof Umbridge’s cabinet of the pinkest pink color and fluffy kittens!
Besides that, you’ll see the Forbidden forest with fog, trees and Aragog’s family, the Hogwarts Express couches, Gringotts bank and vaults, Diagon Alley, Private drive and, finally, 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts castle to crown the tour.
There are multiple props, models, costumes, objects well-known to every potterhead – and to be honest, this is the part that always was my favorite, because I could never imagine so many things were real mechanisms and meticulously curated objects created by the stuff, rather than animated on screen by the visual effects! You’ll see the Yule Ball props, Goblet of Fire, Door with snakes from the Chamber of Secrets.
Lots of space is dedicated to the real animals who participated in the shooting and the fantastic creatures created for the shooting. For instance, you have a chance to get a bow from Buckbeak, say hi to Fenix and Basilisk, watch the mandragora scream and to follow the process of creation of Goblins!
For those who are interested in special effects, there are special displays with the green screen too.
If you’re up to discover the process of making of the Harry Potter world deeper, there are more sections for you too such as the props in making from the Art Department including the white card models of sets and numerous technical drawings!
The last but not least are the shops and the cafes! The one and only butterbeer is a must!
Currently, the Slytherin house is on spot (up to the 12th of November 2020) and after that we can expect all the Christmassy stuff coming in, I hope!
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