Studio tour invaded by the dark arts

dark arts

Delve into the Dark Arts

Fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe'en feasts indulged in Dark Arts during October half-term as we explored some of the darker aspects of the Harry Potter film series here at the Studio Tour.

For two weeks only, visitors were able to try their duelling techniques against a Death Eater after learning wand combat moves in an interactive experience with Paul Harris - who developed the battle scenes involving You-Know-Who’s henchmen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is the world's only wand combat choreographer!

During production, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's followers – the Death Eaters – each wore a unique mask, handmade by the Prop Making Department, and were clothed in embroidered black robes. Those who dared, were able to see their headquarters, Malfoy Manor, and the drawing room set complete with a 20-foot model of Voldemort's snake Nagini and floating mannequin of Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage (who was captured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1).

During Dark Arts visitors could also:

  • Spot Death Eaters in the shadows of Diagon Alley as the lights were dimmed and the music became more foreboding
  • Admire artefacts from Borgin and Burkes, the sinister antique shop from Knockturn Alley, including the Vanishing Cabinet (which offers the Death Eaters a secret entrance to Hogwarts) and the Hand of Glory (a gnarled item that gives light only to the holder)
  • Step onto our latest addition, Platform 9 ¾, and see a carriage of the Hogwarts Express dressed as it was in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when Dementors board the school train
  • See the iconic Great Hall set dressed for the occasion with a section of its long tables laden with red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops

Flashback: Dark Arts 2014 Launch event

On Tuesday 14th October 2014 we officially launched our new Dark Arts area with an event attended by Jonathan Ross, Mary Berry, Simon Pegg, Amanda Holden and Jake Wood, who posed at the sinister Malfoy Manor table alongside authentic costumes worn during filming. They also had the chance to come face-to-face with Death Eaters which were roaming around the Studio Tour and the scaly reticulated python which was used as a reference to create its on-screen counterpart.