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Mandrakes and Magical Creatures

Bringing Creature Effects To Life

 1st July – 12th September 2022

Brand-new for 2022, Mandrakes and Magical Creatures is arriving at the Studio Tour to shine a spotlight on how your favourite creature effects were brought to life on screen.

Are you visiting us this summer? You will be welcomed into the Great Hall to the Frog Choir scene as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, featuring the costume of conductor of the choir, Professor Flitwick, as worn by Warwick Davis. 

Remember to be on the lookout for your favourite magical creatures as you explore the Studio Tour, as Cornish Pixies, Dumbledore’s beloved Fawkes and the animatronic Monster Book of Monsters can be spotted during your visit. In addition, you will learn how Thestrals and Mandrakes were brought to life using a mixture of scale models and CGI in the Creatures Workshop.

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Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra features are included in the ticket price.

New For 2022

Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse

Hogwarts students inside Professor Sprout's greenhouse

As part of this special feature, we will be opening the glass doors of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse for the very first time! Just like a Hogwarts student, you will be able to step into the greenhouse, home to many exotic and magical plants, and stop to pull out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive display. Based on the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, you will recognise the Venomous Tentacula hanging from the ceiling as you walk through the greenhouse.

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In addition to this brand new set, we will be expanding the exterior sets in our backlot with new additions including the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale-version of the Weasleys’ Burrow. 

The scale-model of the Weasleys’ burrow is an exciting addition to our backlot area as filmmaking fans will learn the camera trickery behind the external scenes of the family home, seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. During production, the Weasleys’ Burrow took filmmakers 14 weeks to build but only six minutes to burn down in the iconic scene where the Death Eaters set the home ablaze. 

Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse, the courtyard fountain and the exterior of the Weasleys’ Burrow will be permanent additions to the Studio Tour.