The Making of Harry Potter
A Full tour around the Warner Bros. Studio Tour -- The making of Harry Potter at Leavesden Studios outside London.
On this tour I walk around all the sets beginning with the Great Hall including its costumes of Hogwarts students, two large tables which are set for dinner; the teachers' table where the Hogwarts Professors sat and statues featuring their costumes can be seen there.
It then follows the tour through the interior sets such as the iconic Potions Classroom, Gryffindor Common Room, DumbleDore's Office, Ministry of Magic fireplaces, Defence against the Dark Arts Classroom, The Burrow, Hagrid's Hut and many props such as the Goblet of Fire, Wands, Time Turner, Memory Cabinet, Broom Sticks, etc. In fact you name it and it is here.
Exterior sets such as number four, Privet Drive, Hogwarts Bridge, the Riddle family grave and the triple-decker purple Knight Bus are showcased in the Studio Tour's backlot -- it's also one of two places in the world where you can buy Butterbeer!
Then it is on to the more behind the scenes areas such
as the Creature Shop, Diagon Alley and the Model Room with its impressive scale model of Hogwarts before finally ending in the Studio Gift Shop.
The Harry Potter film series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. As the books were still being released while the films were being made, the production crew saved many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created especially for the films - just in case they were ever needed later on in the series.
Once filming wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 in 2010, the production crew were left with a treasure trove of thousands of intricate and beautifully-made artefacts, many of which wouldn't have been saved on a typical production.
The team behind Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter wanted to preserve and showcase these iconic props, costumes and sets so that Harry Potter fans could experience the magic of filmmaking first-hand. Many of the original cast and crew returned to reassemble the sets and record their memories from filming, and on 31st March 2012, the Studio Tour opened its doors.
Set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects.
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