All seven books have long been published and the eight films were wrapped up last year but The Boy Who Lived, lives on! This weekend the long-awaited Warner Brother Studio Tour finally opened at Leavesden, the studios 20 minutes outside of London where all the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Whilst in the future the tour intends to incorporate many of the other Warner Brother movies filmed at Leavesden (such as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes) currently it is themed entirely around the eight Harry Potter movies.Warner Brothers staged a preview of the tour at Harrods department store back in December and I went along to check it out. In my Hogwarts school uniform, natch.The Warner Brothers tour is around three hours long and some parts are interactive. However, unlike WWHP, the tour is not a theme park: there are no rides or experiences but it is an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the films and get up close and personal with props, sets and costumes. And whilst there may not be any rollercoasters, at least height restrictions are also not an issue (in case anyone plans on bringing a house elf).
At the Harrods preview there were tons of props, from wands, broomsticks and masks to copies of The Daily Prophet and even Godric Gryffindor’s sword. The tour itself will also include the scale model of Hogwarts, which was used for aerial photography and scanned in for CGI scenes, and will allow visitors to explore Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s Hut and the Great Hall, amongst other locations!A number of costumes from the films were also on display, including the red dress that Hermione wears to Bill and Fleur’s wedding in The Deathly Hallows Part I and Bellatrix Lestrange’s costume, which has the most beautiful detail (and how awesome does Helena Bonham Carter look in it?)Whilst the preview was on, Harrods took the opportunity to showcase some Harry Potter Lego, below (and which will probably be found in the gift shop at the Studio Tour). The brick painting of Harry is incredible! And the Lego Knight Bus is super cute (bottom picture).So that’s my sneak peek of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, which is open now!
For lots more pictures check out the gallery below.
(Note that tickets for a preferred date and time slot must be pre-booked as they cannot be purchased on-site!)
Fantastical Fact: The tour came about partly because Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was outraged by the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWHP) at Universal Studios in Florida when the movies are set and were filmed entirely in the UK