Back to School

This September, we invited visitors to go back to school with set design and storyboarding workshops, as well as the chance to see authentic sets, props and costumes from the world’s most famous school of witchcraft and wizardry.

 From Thursday 10th – Sunday 20th September, visitors were given the opportunity to make a simple card model like those used in the early stages of the design process and learn about a variety of sets as well as ingenious camera and post-production techniques. We revealed filmmaking secrets behind some of the iconic sets from the Harry Potter film series and highlight the process that brought locations such as the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and Hogwarts castle to life on screen.

 Visitors were also able to create storyboards for their own original story idea, after being shown the industry method which helps the Director, Cinematographer and other artists envisage a scene or the film as a whole.

 As the nation’s children put on their school uniforms, some of our staff members donned authentic Hogwarts robes used in the most successful film series of all time. Visitors enjoyed the costumes of GryffindorSlytherinRavenclaw and Hufflepuff students up close and tried on replica robes as they flew on a broomstick like a member of the cast. A section of Hogwarts’ majestic Great Hall was also dressed as it was during O.W.L. examination scenes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.