Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter (10.30 dep.)
- Entrance to Warner Bros. Studio Tour of London
- Return transportation on a luxury air-conditioned coach
- Free Wi-fi on board
- Attraction rated '5 out of 5' on Tripadvisor from over 10,000+ reviews!!!
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter provides an amazing new opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – the most successful film series of all time. Enjoy previously unheard anecdotes from the expert guides before taking a unique walking tour that takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.
Here are just some of the things you can expect to see and do:
-Step inside and discover the great hall.Listen to previously unheard anecdotes.
-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.
-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.
ORIGINAL HOGWARTS EXPRESS LOCOMOTIVE TO ARRIVE AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER
Platform 9 ¾ expansion will open on Thursday 19th March and entrance will be included in the standard ticket price.
This March, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil a 20,000ft2 expansion, including the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾. The new, permanent section will offer a glimpse into how some of the films’ most iconic scenes were created as well as give visitors the chance to climb aboard the train’s carriage and to pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall.
Throughout the Harry Potter film series, British steam train no. 5972, ‘Olton Hall’, was used as the Hogwarts Express. Scenes featuring the working engine – including the very last scene to be shot, in which a grown-up Harry, Ron and Hermione wave their own children off as they head to school – were filmed on a soundstage at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and on a track running the full length of the Studios’ 100-acre backlot. The 78-year-old engine will return to the series’ production home this spring and will be displayed on a realistic set of tracks, with steam billowing as visitors step onto the platform.
Visitors will be able to walk along the train’s adjoining carriage and sit in the interior carriage set that was used during filming (complete with ‘windows’ that demonstrate the process used to create iconic train scenes from the films such as the escape of Harry’s first Chocolate Frog and the Dementor attack). A selection of prop luggage will be on show and visitors can find out which character owned which items by turning an interactive dial (characters include Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood and more). A train-themed souvenir shop will also be open on the platform, stocking a wide range of goodies inspired by the Harry Potter films and, specifically, the Hogwarts Express.
DIRECTING DOBBY AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER
4th February – 31st March 2017
This new year, visitors are invited to discover behind-the-scenes secrets of everybody’s favourite house-elf as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London launches a special feature dedicated entirely to Dobby. Introduced in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Dobby was predominantly a CGI character, filmmakers went through multiple processes and techniques to create Dobby from a tennis ball on a stick to a full sized intricately detailed physical model.
During filming, an incredibly detailed model of Dobby was created so the cast would know exactly where to look when shooting scenes with the CGI character. Created by Creature and Make-Up Effects Designer Nick Dudman and his team, each detail on the model was hand-painted right down to the veins in his eyes. As part of the feature, this model of Dobby will be freed from his current display to take centre stage at the Studio Tour allowing visitors to see these details up close.
For the first time ever, visitors will be able to take part in an interactive motion capture experience at the Studio Tour. Consisting of three screens, the experience shows Dobby at different stages of motion capture, from an initial wireframe to the fully-rendered Dobby as we know and love him. Standing in front of the dispay, visitors will see three versions of Dobby reflecting their movements in real-time, demonstrating the process used by filmmakers when bringing CGI characters to life on screen.
Eagle-eyed visitors will also spot Dobby in the window of Harry’s childhood home number four, Privet Drive. The Muggle home will be reopened for the occasion allowing visitors to peek into the Dursleys’ living room where hundreds of Harry’s Hogwarts letters will be suspended in the air as though they’ve flown through the fireplace as they did in the iconic scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Directing Dobby will run at the Studio Tour from Saturday 4th February – Friday 31st March 2017.
STEP INTO THE FORBIDDEN FOREST
WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER OPENS NEW EXPANSION
On 31st March, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil an exciting, permanent expansion dedicated to the Forbidden Forest.
The Forbidden Forest may be strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students, but for the first time this March, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter are invited to defy Professor Dumbledore’s orders and follow the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione deep into the grounds of the Forbidden Forest.
Home to an abundance of creatures, the Forbidden Forest offers shelter and protection to Hippogriffs and Acromantula among many others. It is also well known to beloved half-giant Hagrid in his role as Care of Magical Creatures professor. One of Rubeus Hagrid’s original costumes will be on display, lantern in hand, to welcome visitors through the Hogwarts Gates deep into the forest. Filled with 19 trees each with a diameter of over 12 feet, visitors will walk beneath the giant entwined roots on their journey and will even be able to control the weather using the same techniques created by filmmakers.
Amongst the imposing trees, visitors will encounter a full size model of Buckbeak, which is new to the tour, and have the opportunity to bow to the majestic creature. They will see up close the incredible detail and craftsmanship that went into creating the magnificent Hippogriff. Each feather had to be individually inserted and glued by the Creature Effects team who were busy adding feathers right up until the final moment Buckbeak was needed on set for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
As visitors venture deeper into the depths of the forest, they will come face-to-face with Aragog, the Acromantula. Emerging from his dark lair, the enormous spider will appear before visitors along with spiderlings from his family. Created by Nick Dudman, Creature and Make-Up Effects Designer, with help from Production Designer Stuart Craig, Aragog had a leg span of over 18 feet and was even able to crawl out of a hole and deliver dialogue in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Officially opening on Friday 31st March, the new, must-see expansion has been designed and built by many of the crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series including Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes, BAFTA winning Creature and Makeup Effects Designer Nick Dudman and BAFTA winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson.
Sarah Roots, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Tours commented: “We are so excited to launch the Forbidden Forest expansion of the Studio Tour, especially on the fifth anniversary of our grand opening. It’s great to be working with so many of the original filmmakers who know so much about the wizarding world. There will be an opportunity to take control of the weather and discover the techniques used to create a realistic forest within a film. We can’t wait to let visitors step into this mysterious set and discover all this amazing detail for themselves.”
Stuart Craig, Production Designer on all eight Harry Potter films, added: “Over the course of the eight films, the Forbidden Forest has played a key role and I think it’s an exciting addition to the Studio Tour. The Forbidden Forest is full of mysterious, fascinating and sometimes threatening forces. It represents the great unknown compared to the comfort and safety of Hogwarts and the Gryffindor Common Room which makes it so interesting and important to the development of the story.”
The Forbidden Forest will open on Friday 31st March and entrance will be included in the ticket price.
· Entrance to Warner Bros. Studio Tour of London
· Return transportation on a luxury air-conditioned coach
· Food and beverages
· Tour departs at 10.30 am from Victoria Coach Station gate 0 (next to the main ticket office)
· You will be given a minimum of 3 hours for the visit inside the Studios.
· Child age is 5-15 years
· 20 GBP fee applies for children aged 3 to 4 for transportation only as they require a seat on the vehicle
· Infants 2 years and under are free of charge however still require a ticket so we do need to be notified
· Amendment and cancellations must be made at least 8 days before the date of travel to avoid a 100% cancellation fee.
- Victoria Coach Station (Gate 0)