Special Features

Throughout the year, we hold various special features for those visiting on certain dates. Please check this page regularly for more detailed announcements or sign up to our newsletter to receive updates directly in your inbox – secrets will be revealed.  

Feathers and Flight
Friday 4th April - Sunday 27th April

Feathers and Flight

This April, we’re inviting you to discover how filmmakers brought feathered creatures to life on screen and created the illusion of flight on the sets of the most successful film series of all time. Between 4th - 27th April, a selection of owls, ravens, special effects equipment and feathered animatronics will fill the attraction as part of our first ever Feathers and Flight feature.

  • Pose for a photograph with the owl that played Harry Potter’s letter-delivering companion Hedwig as he sits outside 4 Privet Drive.
     
  • Meet the talented owls that played Ron Weasley’s tiny pet Pigwidgeon and the Weasley family owl Errol who will be stationed along the wizarding street of Diagon Alley.
     
  • Watch as crows and ravens that appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban demonstrate their acting skills in our backlot.
     
  • Learn how birds were taught to ‘act’ by taking a look at the equipment that was used on set.
     
  • Hair and Feather Supervisor Val Jones will lead an expert team to demonstrate the techniques that made winged wonders such as Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Fawkes the Phoenix a reality on screen. By individually inserting thousands of feathers, Val worked to create the Hippogriff’s feathery coat which helped transform it into a believable creature that really moved.
     
  • See the broomsticks of Fred and George Weasley, used during their escape in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, in Hogwarts’ iconic Great Hall as the set will be decorated as it was for owl post delivery scenes. Specially-made broomsticks and letters, which were designed to be light enough for owls to carry, will be on display as well as a breakfast feast of racks of toast, cereal and jugs of juice.

Did you know?

The animatronic Fawkes was so realistic that even some members of the cast believed he was a real bird when they first saw him! It was only when the Creature Effects team moved the Phoenix using their control buttons that they realised he wasn’t.

Feathers and Flight takes place between Friday 4th - Sunday 27th April, book your tickets today.

 

Wand Week
Friday 23rd May – Monday 2nd June

Wand Week

Delve into the world of wandmaking and duel with a Death Eater as Wand Week returns to the Studio Tour by popular demand. Visitors will be able to discover first-hand how fight scenes were developed and explore the incredibly detailed process behind each wand movement. Original moulds, concept art and wand designs will be showcased in the attraction as well as the iconic duelling table from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • Learn wand battle choreography with an interactive experience created by expert Paul Harris.
     
  • Put your wand combat skills to the test and duel with a Death Eater
     
  • See a special effects demonstration in Diagon Alley created by BAFTA-winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson. By pointing a wand, you will be able to cast a spell that will make the sign above Potage’s Cauldron Shop bang and flash as if by magic.
     
  • Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna’s team will be on site to showcase some of the techniques they used to hand-carve wands for the Harry Potter film series.
     
  • The iconic duelling table, as seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will also be on display in the iconic Great Hall set.

Did you know?

More than 3,000 wands were produced for the Harry Potter film series, including the elaborate wand that was created for Professor Dumbledore before the Prop Making Team discovered its importance as the Elder Wand.

Wand Week takes place between Friday 23rd May - Monday 2nd June, book your tickets today.  

Bludgers and Broomsticks

Friday 18th July – Monday 1st September

Bludgers, Board Games and Broomsticks

Learn how magical sports and wizarding games came to life on screen this summer. Authentic costumes from Quidditch scenes will be on display at the Studio Tour as well as the rattling ball crate from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. You can discover how a combination of special and visual effects were used to make cast members fly and chess pieces move – as well as getting the chance to test green screen technology for themselves!

 

Dark Arts
Friday 17th October – Monday 3rd November

Dark Arts

Secrets behind the Dark Arts will be revealed this October half-term here at the Studio Tour. For two weeks you can learn how the Dark Arts were brought to life on screen and get the chance to duel with a Death Eater. Something wicked this way comes.

 

Hogwarts at Christmas
Friday 14th November – January 2015

Hogwarts at Christmas

The most magical snowfall of the season will take place this November as the breathtaking Hogwarts castle model is covered in a blanket of snow. Some of our intricately-detailed sets will also be given a festive makeover using the actual decorations and food props seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Eight Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, along with festoons of holly, mistletoe and golden wreaths.

 
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