First Look at Number Four, Privet Drive
Aunt Petunia is back! On 10th May, Fiona Shaw, who played Aunt Petunia, once again walked through the door of number four, Privet Drive to offer a sneak peek into the iconic set for the first time.
Fiona walked through the iconic hallway that housed Harry’s “cupboard under the stairs”, sat on the original Dursleys’ patterned sofa and was later greeted by hundreds of individually designed Hogwarts letters suspended in the Dursleys’ living room.
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, for the first time ever, you now have the chance to step inside number four, Privet Drive and walk in the shoes of Harry and the Dursleys’. You will be able to look into the Dursleys’ front room where hundreds of Harry’s Hogwarts letters created by MinaLima, the graphic designers for all eight Harry Potter films, are suspended in the air as though they’ve flown through the fireplace as they did in the iconic scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The letter that started Harry’s adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry featured so prominently in the film that an astonishing 10,000 of these envelopes were created for the first Harry Potter film and were even printed on extra lightweight paper so the owls could carry them.
You will remember number four, Privet Drive as the Muggle home where Harry spent most of his childhood with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and Cousin Dudley. During production, set decorators were tasked with filling the house with quirky pieces of furniture and had lots of fun sourcing the ugliest sofas and most unattractive curtains possible which will be on display in the dressed set.
Also on display for the first time in the Studio Tour will be the Dursleys’ costumes which proved to be a rich source of inspiration for Costume Designer Judianna Makovsky. She remembers them being the most fun to dress, creating clothes that appeared out of date and pretentious for Mr and Mrs Dursley, as well as hideous jumpers for young Dudley.
In addition to the opening of number four, Privet Drive, we will be showcasing the equipment that was used to shoot Harry’s Hogwarts letters through the letterbox of number four, Privet Drive. The machine, which was specially created for the film by award winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson, will be on display in the Studio Tour during the feature between 27th May and 6th June.