Welcome to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, your unique chance to step into the magical world of the Harry Potter film series. Here you can explore the actual sets, see the props, costumes and models from the series and once again discover the magic of these films at the studios where they were created.
In the iconic and breathtaking Great Hall, you will walk on the actual solid York stone floor laid 11 years ago, and see the solid oak and pine house tables that were built for the films and aged with axes and chains. You will discover the graffiti carved into the tables by Hogwarts pupils (which production designer Stuart Craig encouraged, as this would happen at all schools!). You can also learn about the unique house points bead system that was said to have caused a national bead shortage when it was first installed back in 2000.
Beyond the Great Hall, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter continues with a tour of some of the largest, most detailed sets ever produced in the UK. In Dumbledore's office, you can see the authentic Sword of Gryffindor, the Sorting Hat and the Hogwarts headmaster portraits.
You will discover how green-screen technology helped create many iconic sequences for the films, including the spectacular Quidditch matches. You will see Harry's Nimbus 2000 and Draco Malfoy's Nimbus 2001, plus Harry's treasured Firebolt, given to him by his godfather Sirius Black.
As you walk through the tour, you will witness never-before-seen video pieces featuring interviews with the cast and crew, revealing secrets from the making of the films. You will discover the spectacular detail and imagination behind the Creature Effects Workshop, showcasing the animatronics, exquisite make-up designs and iconic creatures from the films. You will come face-to-face with Buckbeak the Hippogriff, the giant and terrifying spider Aragog, Fawkes the phoenix and the giant head of the Basilisk.
In the Weasley kitchen, you will learn about the amazing craftsmanship of real life special effects props like Molly Weasley's self-washing frying pan, knitting needles and chopping knives. And you can explore Hagrid's hut, see his famous motorcycle and learn how his larger-than-life character was realised on screen.
As you walk around the spectacular Magic is Might statue, designed by Stuart Craig to evoke the style of Soviet sculptures from the 1930s, you will step into the Ministry of Magic, best remembered from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ - Part 1. From there you can return to the house where the magic began, at 4 Privet Drive.
The Gryffindor common room, one of the films' oldest and most beloved sets, sits alongside the Gryffindor boys' dormitory, including the original beds made for Harry, Ron, Seamus, Neville and Dean for the first film. Learn how the filmmakers had to adapt and find unique camera angles as the years went by, hiding the fact that the cast had clearly outgrown the beds.
There are many more Hogwarts sets you’ll discover, including Snape's lair, the mysterious Potion’s classroom, and Professor Umbridge's office, which is radiant in its fluffy pink magnificence, with her amazingly detailed cat porcelain plates, created especially for the films.
The Hogwarts bridge, last seen collapsing in flames after Neville and the Death Eaters' chase in Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsTM – Part 2, is just one more part of this incredible tour.
See the scale of the huge, triple decker, purple Knight Bus made famous from Harry’s escapades in London. The Knight Bus was driven into place at the Studio Tour with its fully functioning mechanics and engine.