During the ten years of filming, more than 25,000 unique items of clothing were created for the Harry Potter film series. Starting with over 600 Hogwarts school robes ,including those worn by a young Daniel Radcliffe, and developing into sophisticated character costumes such as Hermione’s stunning Yule Ball Gown, Gilderoy Lockhart’s flamboyant teaching attire and Professor Slughorn’s lavish lilac pyjamas.
From initial sketches to the finished costume, this special feature will take you on a journey through the behind-the-scenes process that brought our favourite characters to life. Many of the authentic ‘hero’ costumes are displayed at the Studio Tour including those worn on screen by Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley throughout their years at Hogwarts. Joining those on display for the first time will be a selection of outfits designed especially for glamourous Daily Prophet reporter Rita Skeeter. Inspired by 1940’s Hollywood gossip columnists, Costume Designer Jany Temime was careful to always match Rita’s ensemble to the story she was reporting such as the patterned leather suit worn to mirror the scales of the dragons used in the first Tri-Wizard Tournament task. Other new costumes on show will include those belonging to Hogwarts professors Lupin, Umbridge and Lockhart.
Hundreds of intricate and unique wizard hats were created for Harry’s first trip to Diagon Alley, for the first time these hats will be on display at the Studio Tour. You’ll have the chance learn how the iconic Beauxbaton’s hats were carefully designed, moulded and finished by the renowned milliner, Philip Treacy. Known for creating beautiful and bold hats for celebrities and royalty, Treacy was asked to design the hat that would complete the uniform of the French wizarding school, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic. The final design from the film series was inspired by a pointed “wizard” version of a trilby.
There will also be the opportunity for a volunteer to step inside Professor Slughorn’s armchair suit in an all-new demonstration of the unforgettable practical effect used during filming. Used as a disguise to evade capture by Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, actor Jim Broadbent would have to sit on a specially-created rig with his arms out to mimic the shape of an armchair. Enhanced with Visual Effects the final scene shows Professor Slughorn shake himself out of his armchair form into a lilac-striped pyjama suit of the same material.
Alongside the Costume Department, the Hair & Make-up Departments were responsible for creating the visual identity of beloved characters through the use of wigs and prosthetics. An all-new Hair and Make-up display featuring artists Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin will show the skills of the team who applied Harry Potter’s iconic lightning bolt scar almost 6,000 times during filming. The feature will show exclusive footage illustrating the processes used to create the look of both Bellatrix LeStrange’s pointed teeth and the wounds of Muggle Studies teacher, Charity Burbage.
For a limited time only, visitors will get the chance to delve deeper than ever before into the sinister world of Dark Arts. Visitors can try out their wand combat techniques against a Death Eater or walk down a darker, spookier Diagon Alley. As part of the feature, the lights in the wizarding shopping street will be dimmed, the music will become more foreboding and the set will be patrolled by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's followers.
HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW
2017 will conclude with the return of the Studio Tour’s popular festive feature, Hogwarts in the Snow, running from 18th November – 4th February 2018. The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.