The UK has been a centre for filming and been a major influence on the industry over the years but to get a flavour of this ourselves we have had to go to Disneyland Paris or head over to Florida to see how the studios make their magic. Well soon we will be able to get a taste of this at home without becoming a runner for a film company.
Warner Brothers are opening their first studio tour in London with a behind the scenes look at Harry Potter. The Making of Harry Potter will offer visitors for the first time ever a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the most successful film series of all time. Guests will be able to see firsthand the sheer scale and detail of the actual sets, costumes, animatronics, special effects and props used in all eight of the Harry Potter films.
‘For ten years the Harry Potter film series has showcased the very best in British filmmaking,’ says Sarah Roots, Vice President, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. ‘We are thrilled that fans will soon be able to experience the Award-winning artistry and talent that lovingly went into producing the actual sets, props, costumes and special effects of this record-breaking film series.’
Following in the footsteps of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, guests will get to walk on to some of the most memorable and most recognisable sets, such as the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room and Hagrid’s hut, among many others.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the spectacular real life animatronics in a Creature Effects workshop, which will feature iconic Harry Potter film creatures including Buckbeak the Hippogriff, Aragog, the giant spider, Fawkes the phoenix and the enormous Basilisk head.
‘It was such a magical place to grow up,’ says Daniel Radcliffe. ‘People will be amazed to see the incredible environment we’ve worked in all these years.’
Rupert Grint adds: ‘The sets all have tiny little details that you may not always notice in the films but when you actually walk through them, you can see all the work that’s gone into it. It’s really amazing.’
Spread over 150,000 square feet including two dedicated soundstages at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, the home of the Harry Potter film productions for over ten years, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will showcase the British artistry, technology and talent that went into bringing this beloved film series to life.
Tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, which opens in Spring 2012, will be available from 13th October 2011. They are priced at £28 for adults and £21 for children, and must be booked in advance via a dedicated website www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or through approved tour operators.