warner bros. studios leavesden
The production home of Harry Potter
In 2000, an enterprising production team made its way to a film studio on the outskirts of London. The producers were making a film based on a book about a young boy with a lightning bolt scar who, on his eleventh birthday, learns that he is a wizard. That story was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and that studio was Leavesden..
From 1939–1994 the studios were known as Leavesden Aerodrome, a local airfield and factory. During World War II, the plant produced fighter planes for the Ministry of Defence and, in the following years, it became a production centre for Rolls-Royce aircraft engines.
The factory closed in 1994 and Leavesden began a major transformation. Hangars became soundstages for filming and workshops for constructing sets and props. Meanwhile, the airfield’s runway and grassy fields turned into a fully functioning backlot. The old aerodrome was now the UK’s new home for film production.
Warner Bros. is the only Hollywood studio to own and operate a production facility in the UK, following a £100 million-plus investment into the re-building and expansion of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden. The state-of-the-art, updated Studios opened for business on Monday 11th June 2012 and is one of the largest production facilities in Europe, helping to further position the UK as a centre of filmmaking excellence.
Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden is available to all kinds of productions, not just Warner Bros., from commercials and music videos, to TV shows to feature films.