Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter

If you’re a fan of the Voldemort’s Horcruxes, there is a display case containing Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring, Tom Riddle’s Diary, Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, Salazar Slytherin’s Locket and Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem.

When Harry firsts visits the Burrows, the home of the Weasleys, he is amazed by the use of magic in everyday life such as automatic dish cleaning. This trick was easily achieved by a motor and arm hidden away from the camera’s lens. The kitchen and living room of the Burrows is another set in Stage K.

Brooms! We get to see how broom flying scenes were made. Back against a green or blue screen, the rider mounts the broom and a mechanical arm is able to twist and turn the broom for the camera. You can even ride a broom and get photographed flying outside Hogwarts Castle – robes are provided.

Potion making was a class Harry had to take while at Hogwarts. The dungeon where this classroom is located features over a hundred jars of various potions and ingredients. The work benches where Professor Snape and Professor Slughorn taught the class are also available for viewing. Fancy brewing a Draught of Living Death here?

The Ministry of Magic is another remarkable set in the films. From the statue of muggles crushed by the Might of Magic to the interior walls of the Ministry, we also get to see Dolores Umbridge’s office, which is elaborately decorated including the many portraits of cats on the walls and fine china teacups on her desk. Did you know, the more evil she gets in the later films, the pinker her outfits became?

Fancy a Butter Beer? You can try one and don’t worry, it isn’t alcoholic to the young ones can try it too.

The outdoor sets feature the Knight Bus, a three decker bus featuring a chandelier hanging down from the highest deck, number three and four Privet Drive, the Potter’s house in Godric’s Hollow featuring a hole in the roof and the Hogwarts bridge which got blown up in the final film.

Stage K features sets, props and the jewel of the art department. It also features the creature factory where goblins and werewolves are made.

Want to take a stroll down Diagon Alley? Now you can, you will see the familiar buildings such as Gringotts Bank, Ollivander’s Wand Shop and even Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Don’t bother to ask, the sale of unicorn blood is forbidden.

The art department took countless hours to design sets. It all starts on paper and the job somewhat resembles the role of an architect. From scaled paper models, the design is then translated into a full size set used for filming.

The jewel of the art department has to be saved for the last part of the tour – the 1:24 scale of the entire Hogwarts Castle. This impressive model used for external and panoramic scenes of Hogwarts Castle in the films features everything you’ve seen in the films and more. From the Hogwarts Bridge to the courtyard where Harry had his first flying lesson, you will marvel at the detail put into this model. With ambient lighting on the ceiling, the castle transforms from night to day every five minutes. At night, LED lights inside the castle simulate candles lighting the hallways and rooms. The short 360-degree walk around the castle leads to the exit by the gift shop.

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