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Friday, 7 June 2019

Fantastic facts about Warner Brother Studio Tours

When it comes to the magic of cinema, it doesn’t get much better than Harry Potter. Transferring JK Rowling's incredible books to the big screen has created the most successful film series of all time. Luckily, once filming wrapped, many of the sets, props and costumes were saved, so today fans from all over the world can experience the magic of the eight films.

As we delve into the the history of Warner Brothers Studio Tour, we’ll unearth the facts about this award-winning tour that will inspire even the most die-hard Muggle.

Iconic sets faithfully recreated 
One of the most fascinating aspects of the films is the 588 sets created in the 10 years of production. Many of these, you can see on the tour. The Great Hall, which seats more than 400 children, is impressively recreated. Check out the intricate detail and the wall-mounted flambeaux that still work. The house-point counter contains tens of thousands of Indian glass beads and allegedly caused a national bead shortage. And the biggest surprise of all is the ceiling. Look closely and you’ll realise there isn’t one – just a small model with some digital trickery.

A world of props 
There’s a host of amazing props on the tour. The cupboard under the stairs, where the story of Harry Potter begins, is filled with treasures from his life before Hogwarts, many taken from the set designer’s own basement. Spot Harry’s spectacles on the side, just one of the 160 pairs he used during film making. You’ll find more than 900 peculiar jars and bottles of ingredients in the potions classroom. They’re filled with all kinds of dried plants, herbs, bones, even plastic animal toys from Regents’ Park Zoo gift shop. And, of course, no wizard is complete without a wand, and you’ll see all the main characters’ wands magnificently displayed here.

Finding your own Potter magic 
Immerse yourself in the magic, becoming a champion Quidditch seeker. There are 15 golden snitches hidden in the studios, often in the most unlikely of places. While you’re here, grab the chance to learn wand moves from an expert. You’ll soon be feeling like a true wizard before taking your OWL (Ordinary Wizarding Level).

Find out the secret behind green-screen technology used in all the films, climbing aboard your very own Nimbus 2000 or Firebolt and soaring over the Hogwarts Express, the River Thames and the streets of London just like the cast did during filming. Armed with your complimentary activity passport collecting stamps at key points, such as Platform 9¾ and Gringotts Bank, you’ll soon feel part of the action.

Get close to the people and the costumes 
Personally welcoming you to the tour are the three main stars of the show in a short film, and many of their costumes are on display. Hermione’s iconic Yule Ball gown took three months to create, using 12 metres of chiffon. Ron Weasley’s outfit, on the other hand, was made from old carpet fabric! The iconic pointed hat worn by the students of Beauxbatons was designed and produced by renowned milliner Philip Treacy. Cast and crew feature heavily on the tour. All the boxes in Ollivander’s are labelled, and even the magical wizard portraits lining the walls of Hogwarts are paintings of those who worked on the films, as a thank-you for their hard work. 

Discover the secret behind the effects 
See animatronic versions of all the key characters. Taking inspiration from the Golden eagle, Buckbeak the Hippogriff was painstakingly created feather by feather. Similarly, each of Aragog’s hairs – created by broom bristles to pieces of coconut – were inserted by hand using a special needle, across the model's 18-foot legspan.

Many characters, from Gringotts Goblins to Hagrid, used prosthetics. Hagrid's prosthetic head is unnervingly real and was used whenever Hagrid needed to look really tall. And the fantastic model of Hogwarts at the end of the tour really is something to be seen. A team of 86 artists took 74 years of work hours to create it. Walk around it and you’ll really appreciate the level of breathtaking detail used to such a great effect on screen.

Wizardly refreshments 
After all that, relax with the film’s famous drink, Butterbeer. This popular beverage was served at numerous locations in the wizarding world, with Hogwarts students often buying it in Hogsmeade. For us mere mortals, this is one of only three places in the world we can drink it. Savour its sweet, butterscotchy taste served in decorative tankards that you can take home.

Don’t miss the amazing graphic design of all the sweets and tricks from Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop and Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. Taste the best and worst of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans here, too. You’ve every taste, including some you definitely wouldn’t want to try, such as earwax and rotten egg.

You visit to Warner Bros Studios Tour really is a magical treat for the senses, loaded with fascinating experiences you'll never forget.


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