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Are you a Harry Potter fan in search of magical experiences? Then London is the right place to be! The English capital is peppered with references to places and characters in the wizarding books as well as movies. Though, the cherry on top of all the magical Harry Potter attractions in London is the Harry Potter studio tour provided by Warner Bros entertainment. A tour, where you get to visit and interact with real movie sets and props as well as learn about the making of Harry Potter Movies.  Read more

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HARRY POTTER STUDIO


Harry Potter Set Tour: From Idea to Reality

 

Warner Bros began to plan an attraction that would pay tribute to the magic world of Harry Potter as early as 2001, following the huge success of the first movie. Hence, the props and items from the movies that were no longer needed on the actual set were carefully stored away. At last, towards the completion of the last movie in 2010, Warner Bros announced the purchase of Leavesden Studios and started working on the exhibit. 


When did the Harry Potter Studios Open to Public?

 

The Making of Harry Potter by Warner Bros studios officially opened to the public on 31 March 2012. The grand opening was quite an event attended by many members of the Harry Potter film cast. Some of the big names include Rupert Grint (Ron), Tom Felton (Malfoy), Bonnie Wright (Ginny), Evanna Lynch (Luna), Warwick Davis (Prof. Flitwick), David Thewlis (Lupin). Directors David Yates, Alfonso Cuarón and Mike Newell also attended. 

 

Though, that is not the only opening worth mentioning. One year later (specifically on 26 April 2013), the studios were officially “opened” by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They visited the site along with Prince Harry and J.K. Rowling (who couldn’t come for the grand opening the previous year). Needless to say, the list of illustrious guests was endless.


What is there to see?

 

This incredible Harry Potter experience features the enviable talent, imagination and artistic creativity that brought Rowling’s world of witchcraft and wizards to life on the big screen. In short, the Harry Potter studio tour allows you to visit authentic sets, discover the art behind special effects and discover many behind-the-scenes secrets of the famous film series. 

 

For instance, you will get to visit two soundstages and numerous original sets. Moreover, you will also experience and learn about green screen technology first-hand (you will see how complex prosthetics help in transforming actors into creatures).

 

The included movie sets are: 

  • The Great Hall featuring the students’’ costumes from each Hogwarts house; two large tables set for dinner; the teachers' table at the top of the room; several handcrafted props including the House Points Counter and Professor Dumbledore’s lectern.
  • Forbidden Forest is quite something, showcasing 19 trees each over 12 feet in diameter. While in the first movie the scenes of the Forbidden Forest were a combination of on-location and studio shooting, in the following movies they were done entirely in the studio using props, backdrops, and special effects. 
  • Platform 9 ¾ is one of the most iconic sets on the tour. Truth is most of the scenes that take place here were actually shot at the real King’s Cross Station in central London. However, the platform was completely recreated (with the train and tracks) for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2). So, today, fans can enjoy it to the fullest
  • Diagon Alley is one of the set pieces that has changed the most during the filming. The walls shifted and whole shopfronts moved. Today, the Alley features Gringotts Bank, Flourish and Blotts, Mr. Mulpepper’s Apothecary, Ollivanders wand shop.

How long is the Harry Potter Tour?


The tour through the wizarding world usually lasts three hours and the site has the capacity to welcome 6,000 visitors per day. 

 

Despite Warner Brothers being behind the Harry Potter movie series, the tour is not the official theme park. This is because Warner Bros sold the license to build the theme park to Universal Studios. Instead, this attraction allows watching the incredible amount of work, detail and effort needed to make a major feature film.

 

Where are the Harry Potter Studios London Located?

 

The Warner Bros Studio Tour is 20 miles (32 kilometers) north-west of London and just under 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from the M1 and M25 motorways.


Do I need a Guide?


The standard Harry Potter studio tour is self-guided. This way visitors have time to enjoy touring the sets at their own pace. However, many different guided tours with extra perks are also available.


What are the Harry Potter Studio Opening Hours?

 

There is a range of opening times depending on what day of the week and time of year you are visiting. 

 

Typically the Studio tour opens at 8:30 am with the first tour kicking off at 9:00 am


Closing times are more variable as they range from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Whatever the closing the time, the last entry is always 3 hours before that. So, when closing at 6:00 pm the last entry is 2.30 pm and 3:00 pm and when closing at 10:00 pm the last entry is between 6.30 pm and 7:00 pm. 


How to get to Warner Bros Studios from London?

  • Train: You can take a train from London Euston Station (20-minute journey) or Birmingham New Street (1-hour journey). The train will take you directly to Watford Junction which is the train station nearest to the studios. From there, you can take a regular shuttle bus (operated by Mullany's Coaches) which runs every 20 minutes from 9:20 am to (additional service available for 8:18 am for the first tour). The shuttle bus stops after the last tour of the day is over. Shuttle bus prices are £2.00 for a single and £2.50 a return ticket (cash only). To use the service, you need to show a valid ticket or booking confirmation for the date of travel.
  • Bus: Certain tour providers offer direct coach services from central London to the Warner Brothers Studio tour. These bus tickets are sold as a combo including the transportation and entrance to the studios. Browse the products for top offers.
  • Car: Coming in from London exit the M1 motorway at Junction 5 and take the A41 (North Watford) for around 3 miles. When you reach the Hunton Bridge roundabout, take the fourth exit, back on to the A41 road. Keep on the left side and take the first exit. Again keep left at the Y junction. Finally, take the first exit at the following roundabout into the Studio Tour. It’s clearly signposted along the way.

Where to buy the Harry Potter Studio Tour Tickets?

 

You can only buy Harry Potter tour tickets online in advance. It’s not possible to buy them on location. 

 

So, are you ready for the best Harry Potter experience London has to offer?


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