The World of Magic- Harry Potter WB Studio Tour

The Warner Bros Studios Tour is located just outside London at Leavesden, Watford. Inside the studio is The Making of Harry Potter studio tour. It is the behind-the-scenes walking tour of the complete Harry Potter set, used during the filming process. It features legitimate sets, costumes, props, and much more from the Harry Potter movie series. In this blog, I will give you the ultimate guide to the world of magic.

The world of magic
The Entrance of London’s Harry Potter Museum

The average visit lasts for about 3.5 hours. In the next bits, I will tell you everything you need to know about the trip to the world of magic.

Getting the tickets

Tickets should be bought online and in advance. Various varieties of tickets are available.

Adult

16+ years

£47.00
Child 

5-15 years, must be with an adult

£38.00
Family 

2 adults & 2 children OR 1 adult & 3 children

£150.00
0 – 4 years 

tickets are needed for kids

FREE
Carers 

add it to the booking

FREE
Adult Complete Studio Tour Package 

Studio Tour Ticket, Digital Guide & Paperback Souvenir Guidebook

£56.95
Child Complete Studio Tour Package 

Studio Tour Ticket, Digital Guide & Paperback Souvenir Guidebook

£47.95

Things to see at the tour

Great Hall

The world of magic
Great Hall

The spectacular Great Hall includes the costumes of students from each Hogwarts house. Two large tables, set for dinner and at the top of the room is the teachers’ table. The Great Hall is home to some of the beautifully handcrafted props including Professor Dumbledore’s lectern and the House Points Counter. Though they were never used in the film, they still add charm to the whole theme.

Diagon Alley

The world of magic
Diagon Alley

The original design of the street combined the rich details from the Harry Potter books. Since its establishment, walls have shifted, shop fronts have been modified and entire buildings have been carefully changed to create the street similar to the films. Diagon Alley is home to Gringotts Bank, Flourish and Blotts and Mr Mulpepper’s Apothecary, Ollivanders wand shop and many more. The shop stores more than 17,000 labelled wand boxes.

Platform 9¾

Platform 9¾ Set

Most of the scenes on Platform 9¾ were shot on location at King’s Cross Station in London. However, during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, part of the station platform was created at Leavesden, complete with the track and the train in the world of magic.

Forbidden Forest

Forbidden Forest

The set moved entirely to the Studio for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for Aragog’s lair and continued to grow throughout the film series. The Forbidden Forest seen at the Studio Tour houses 19 trees each with a diameter of over 12 feet.

Potions Classroom

Potions Classroom

Over 950 potion jars decorate the walls of the classroom, with unique props kept inside including baked animal bones, dried leaves, herbs and shrunken heads.

Umbridge’s Office

Office of Dolores Umbridge

The prop department paid close attention to the details of pink office in the Ministry of Magic, including the collection of plates featuring various snarky looking cats. Over 130 plates were created for the office which involved makers having to film real kittens with crystal balls, witches hats and balls of wool.

Model of Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle Model

The intricately detailed model of Hogwarts castle is the jewel of the whole tour. Model makers installed more than 2,500 fibre optic lights, which simulate lanterns and torches and gave the illusion of students passing through the hallways. Artists also used real gravel for rockwork and boulders, and real plants for landscaping and trees.

Whomping Willow

Whomping Willow

The tree began as a sketch from the Art Department which then had to be made into a real Whomping Willow for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Special Effects team set created mechanically operated branches that would ‘whomp’ Mr Weasley’s car.

The door of Chamber of Secrets

The entrance of Chamber of Secrets

The Special Effects team created the Chamber of Secrets door as a fully operational door. Each snake individually cast in resin and painted before being attached to the door in such a way that each snake would retract at the precise time to avoid a collision.

Costumes

Quidditch Robes

Filmmakers encountered a tough challenge when turning Quidditch into a real sport they could capture on film. Apart from Quidditch robes, the iconic and dazzling clothes of Yule Ball also adorn this world of magic. Hermione’s pink gown proved became the toughest of all costumes ever made on this set. The clothes from the final scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 also remains to be a part of this tour.

Aragog

Aragog- The Spider

The giant spider, Aragog, has a leg span of over 18 feet. Each of Aragog’s hairs individually inserted by hand using a needle using different materials from brooms bristles and pieces of coconut to the centre of feathers.

Buckbeak

Buckbeak

When creating Buckbeak, each feather was individually inserted and glued by the Creature Effects team. The designers took inspiration from real birds, specifically the Golden Eagle. They also consulted with vets and physiologists when looking at the proportions of Buckbeak’s legs and wings.

Food & Drink

Butterbeer

Butterbeer

The Backlot Café is where you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a Butterbeer; a non-alcoholic beverage reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch, available in souvenir tankards. Alternatively, you can also enjoy a delicious Butterbeer Ice cream, which is available in a crispy cone or souvenir sundae dish.

The Chocolate Frog Café

The Chocolate Frog Café

Inspired from the world of magic, the Chocolate Frog Café serves a selection of sweet delicacies. Items include speciality hot chocolate, ice cream and a range of cakes.

Studio Shops

The Studio Shop

The range of shops is many. The Studio Shop offers a range of specially selected collectable items, replica wands, confectionery and much more. The Forbidden Forest Shop is full of forest themed souvenirs, from Aragog plush and Peppermint Toads to the Forbidden Forest print designed by graphic design. Take the chance to explore our Railway Shop full of souvenirs, gifts, homeware, apparel and more. Look out for Peppermint Toads or a Chocolate Frog for your journey home.

For more details and information, visit the official website of The Making of Harry Potter.

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