Pottering around Hogwarts

Warner Bros have released plans for the Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, a unique walking tour behind the scenes of the successful film series.

Tours will begin in spring 2012 at the studios in Leavesden, north of London, where all the Harry Potter films were made. The three-hour tour will feature the sets, costumes, animatronics, props and effects that were used in the production of all eight Harry Potter movies. Visitors will be able to walk on to some of the famous film sets including Hogwarts’ Great Hall and Professor Dumbledore’s office.

The Great Hall was created by BAFTA-winning production designer Stuart Craig in 2000 for the first in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The Hall is 36 metres (120ft) long by 12 metres (40ft) wide, with a solid stone floor, and includes the tables and benches used in the films.

Dumbledore’s office was created for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and is also the home of the Sorting Hat, The Sword of Gryffindor and Dumbledore’s desk surrounded by a library of ancient books. The office walls are hung with paintings commissioned specifically for the films, including two portraits of Professor Dumbledore.

The studios were built at Leavesden Aerodrome on the site of a former Rolls-Royce factory. The first production to be filmed there was the James Bond movie GoldenEye in 1995. The studios are three miles from the centre of Watford (20 minutes by train from London Euston station) and near the M25 and M1 motorways. There will be a bus service from Watford Junction station to the studio.

Tickets will go on sale later this year and must be booked in advance from the website.

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